Top Massachusetts Sporting Events

19 Jul


With nicknames such as the “City of Champs” and “Titletown,” Boston is known for its dominance in all professional sports, with the Boston Celtics having won 17 NBA Championships, the New England Patriots winning six Super Bowl Championships, the Boston Bruins winning six Stanley Cup Championships, and the Boston Red Sox winning nine World Series Championships.

Boston isn’t the only place that’s prominent in the sports scene. Massachusetts – the State of Champions – has some terrific sporting events this summer and fall! Here are eight sporting events happening throughout Massachusetts you can enjoy.


July 21st Cape Cod Baseball All-Star Game

This Sunday, July 21st, the Cape Cod Baseball League is hosting its annual All-Star Game at Orleans, Eldredge Park at 6:00 PM. The Cape Cod League, founded in 1885, is recognized by collegiate coaches and professional baseball scouts as one of the best amateur summer league in the country.  If you are around the area, be sure to catch this game and see some of the best young talents in baseball go head to head against each other.

July 21st Liverpool FC vs Sevilla FC at Fenway Park

The Liverpool FC returns to the home of the Red Sox for its preseason game against Spain’s oldest football club, Serville FC. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.. If you’re a fan of the Premier League, and want to watch two of the best teams go against each other, be sure to come on out! Buy tickets here:

August 3rd & 4th Pan Mass Challenge

The 39th annual Pan Mass Challenge, presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and New Balance, is the nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon, raising more money than any other athletic fundraisers in the country. As of last year, the Pan Mass Challenge raised more than $50 million dollars for charities such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The goal of this year is to raise more than $60 million, so If you’re interested in challenging yourself and raising money for a good cause, be sure to sign up here:


August 11th Nantucket Lacrosse Festival

The PrimeTime Lacrosse returns to the island of Nantucket in 2019 for its 11th annual Nantucket Lacrosse Festival, featuring 3v3 matches for boys and girls U-11 and U-19 teams. Whether you live on the island, are visiting over the summer, or are planning on taking the ferry over for a day trip, you don’t want to miss this great event. If you’re interested in playing in the tournament, be sure to sign up here:

August 18th & 19th the 47th New Balance Falmouth Road Race

The 47th annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race is back this August where more than 11,000 runners, including many world elites, on the scenic race course from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights. All the proceeds of the race goes toward local charities. Whether you’re an amateur runner or a professional, come on out and challenge yourself! Sign up here:

September 21st Boston Sharkfest Swim

Want to experience a chance to swim across the Boston harbor from Portside at East Pier to the Fan Pier in South Boston? If you’re an avid swimmer and want to challenge yourself, be sure to sign up for one of the most popular open water swim series in Boston. Join 800 swimmers on this 1500 meter competitive swim this September! Sign up here:


October 5 & 6 Grand Prix of Gloucester

The Grand Prix of Gloucester is back for its 21st edition this October. Presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing, GP Gloucester is a 2 day international caliber race where racers from all over the world travel to Gloucester and compete in one of the most beautiful race course in the U.S. If you’re a fan, be sure to come on out! Learn more here:

 October 19 & 20 Head of the Charles Regatta

Started in 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has welcomed some of the best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for one of the most competitive rowing competitions. This three-mile race upstream on a river is expected to bring over 11,000 participants and tens of thousands of spectators. If you and your team want to participate and challenge yourselves, be sure to sign up here:


8 Jan



2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement
September | Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield
Basketball was born in Springfield and every year the game returns home to celebrate its legends. Congratulate 2019’s class of hall of famers in September.


 Gran Prix of Gloucester
October 5 & 6 | Gloucester
This dynamic and challenging bike race is a New England classic and challenges riders to fight through adversity during a rigid course.

55th Head of the Charles Regatta
October 19 & 20 | Charles River, Boston, & Cambridge
Elite rowers from around the world flock to the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge to participate in this classic test of endurance, strength and teamwork.


2019 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Ceremony
November | Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
Western Mass is where volleyball was created and every year the game returns to its birthplace to induct a new class of hall of famers. Celebrate those who gave so much to the game and its advancement in November.

Running into Massashoesetts

25 Apr

Because Massachusetts is so active, it’s no surprise many world-renowned footwear brands have made the Commonwealth home.

Boston-based Converse is a classic brand with timeless memories: Julius Erving defying gravity in the All Stars, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson dueling in the Weapons, or just you and your very first pair of Chuck Taylors (which are still a fashion staple today). Now with its flagship store on Lovejoy Wharf – complete with a unique customization experience – the brand will usher in a new era of style.

Reebok has always been a revolutionary brand. In the 80s, Reebok saw the ascension of fitness culture and introduced the Freestyle, the first sneaker designed and marketed for women. Then came the Pump in the 90s, which had basketball players thinking they could jump a little higher. Now, Reebok has redefined itself again, focusing on running. As the company moves to the Seaport District, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Speaking of running, Saucony is a brand that runners trust, as their S logo has adorned the feet of some of the world’s elite marathoners. The Waltham company also has a cool habit of collaborating with local shops to create one-of-a-kind kicks. They even created special shoes in honor of the MBTA and Boston Marathon.

Saucony always has great marathon collaborations, but the world’s oldest marathon officially runs in Adidas. For 30 years now, the three stripes has been the official footwear and apparel supplier of the Boston Marathon. As one of the top athletic brands in the world, its strong commitment to the town of Canton will prove to be fruitful for the Commonwealth.

New Balance is another shoe brand with it’s sole planted in the Commonwealth, and has long been a runner’s favorite and a New England trademark. Now that the famous company has nestled into its new home at Boston Landing in Brighton, you can expect them to continue to commit to excellence in footwear design and state-side manufacturing.

Another home-town favorite is Rockport, which gets its namesake from the town in Massachusetts, and is a classic brand that caters to all of your footwear needs, from active hiking boots and sneakers, to stylish Oxfords, heels, flats, and sandals. With their move to a gorgeous new space in Newton, their creative team is sure to hit the ground running.

Each spring, runners rekindle their relationship with the road, from the shorelines through Heartbreak Hill, to the tangled, wooded trails of the Berkshires. It’s no surprise to see a runner zooming by in a pair of colorful sneakers, looking down to check their time, while their ear buds are blaring. We salute the long time enthusiasts and those who are just starting out on their running journey.

Lace them up, get out there, and hit the pavement!

NCAA 2018 March Madness Scores $25M for Greater Boston Economy

29 Mar

The NCAA 2018 Men’s Basketball East Regionals netted $25,788,275 of new spending into the Greater Boston economy, according to estimates by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB).

Between 8,000-10,000 visitors traveled to Boston from 50 miles or more for the East Regional. The direct spending impact on paid lodging, dining, and entertainment and retail over the five days was approximately $14,247,666. Indirect spending was over $11M.

The visitors were comprised of roughly 54% leisure travelers – students and university-related fans, families – and 46% business travelers, including alumni, media, NCAA affiliates, and NCAA officials.

The TD Garden in Boston played host to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds for the first time since 2012. Boston College (BC) was the host college.

The NCAA teamed up with six high-end Boston hotels for the East Regional. Roughly 13,500 room nights were generated via hotels or alternative paid lodging options such as Airbnb units. Direct spending on lodging exceeded $4M.

The NCAA 2018 East Regional was one of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office’s (MSMO) Top Sporting Events for the year. This year the Purdue Boilers, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Villanova Wildcats, and the West Virginia Mountaineers competed on the historic parquet floor. Villanova beat West Virginia and Texas Tech to advance to the Final Four.

Massachusetts attracts 24.5 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian, and 2.3 million overseas visitors annually, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT). For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to For year round information on sporting events, visit

Spotlight on Massachusetts Track & Field

2 Mar

By Francisco Tavares, Intern at Mass Office of Travel & Tourism and student at Emmanuel College.

When it comes to setting the highest bar in sports, Bostonians quickly point to the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, and the New England Patriots. With so many titles and achievement between them, our professional sport teams have made Massachusetts the “State of Champions.”

Massachusetts also boasts an impressive amateur tradition of excellence in collegiate and high school sports. In fact, we are currently at the end of the Indoor Track and Field season, where some of the region’s best athletes compete in running, jumping, throwing, and pole-vaulting- testing their endurance, speed, strength and mental toughness.

The beauty of track and field is that you not only compete against your opponents, you also compete against yourself and time. The key to success is being mentally and physically prepared. You must keep calm and run your race, no matter what else is going on around you. You go out too hard and you tire yourself; you go out too slow you place yourself behind. When you get on the starting line, one of your biggest competitors is yourself. Are you good enough to beat yourself? Can you break through your limits to beat your opponent while also beating your own personal best?

Every winter there is a massive showdown in Massachusetts, week in and week out, with hundreds of track and field athletes competing at the highest level. Many of the best competitions take place at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Rated as one of the finest and fastest indoor track in the country, the “Reggie” features a newly renovated Mondo banked track with its Super X 720 surface, a perfect place to set new records.

Some of the year’s most notable track events takes place at the Reggie, including the world renowned new Balance Indoor Grand Prix in February. Over the course of the meet’s history, five world records have been set at the Grand Prix, all taking place at the Reggie. In all, the Reggie has been the setting of thirty nine world and American records over the years, making the facility unique and iconic Massachusetts sports venue.

The Reggie is also home to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) meets taking place through February. These rigorous events determine the state’s high school divisional championships and the best athletes in each track and field category.

The Indoor Track and Field season culminate with the 31st Interscholastic New England Indoor Track & Field Championships taking place on March 3, 2018 at the Reggie Lewis Center. This prestigious event brings together the best high school competitors from each division and the six New England states to vie for the honor of being crowned champions.

Massachusetts is proud of its many high school track and field athletes who go on to have successful collegiate careers as well.

For sports fans who appreciate speed, endurance, strength, and mental toughness Track and Field is the perfect spectator sport. In addition to the Reggie, check out Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center and other top facilities throughout the State.

Francisco ‘Cisco’ Tavares is an intern at Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. He attends Emmanuel College, Boston where he is working on his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business, with a Concentration in Marketing. Cisco is a member of the Varsity Track & Field Team and the Treasurer of the Cape Verdean Student Association at Emmanuel. Also, Cisco is trilingual in Spanish, English and Cape Verdean Creole.

Head of the Charles Regatta Celebrates another Successful Year

16 Nov

Meghan Koehler, Intern at MA Sports Marketing Office and Student at Boston College


The 53rd annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the weekend of October 20-21 was nothing short of inspirational. Year after year athletes congregate in Cambridge to put their hard work to test, and year after year history is made. This year two 13-year-olds became the youngest rowers to compete in the regatta and Delaney Evans and Caroline Sharis finished a full minute ahead of the leading Women’s Youth Double time, joining countless other boats in breaking records throughout the weekend.

The event brought an even greater energy, spark and vitality that infiltrated through the Greater Boston community. Over 700 rowing club and universities brought more than 10,551 athletes to the area to compete in this rewarding event.

The sparkling waters and beautiful banks of the Charles River provide the perfect environment for the pure athleticism, grit and competition of the regatta. Its 3-mile course with a 180 degree turn in front of Cambridge Boat Club makes Head of the Charles one of the most challenging, yet rewarding regattas of the year.

The weather at this year’s Regatta was picture perfect. The skies opened up, allowing the sun to illuminate the vibrant environment that lined the Charles River. Sponsor tents, food trucks, and nearby Harvard Square contributed to the festive atmosphere.

“This is a terrific event for Harvard Square that has grown tremendously over the past 50 years,” says Denise Jillson, executive director if Harvard Square Business Association. “The city, the police department and the University work together to create a safe and really fabulous event.”   More than 70 percent of the businesses in Harvard Square operate locally making the race a boom to small businesses.

2017 participant and leader of Boston College’s collegiate-8 boat, Claire Orzel said in a statement, the event “creates an unparalleled awareness for and interest in the sport and attracts tens of thousands of spectators. That support creates such an electrifying energy that rowers can feel on the water and definitely encourages fast and aggressive racing.”

More than 25 countries are represented at the Regatta, giving the race an international context similar to Massachusetts’ other iconic sporting events, such as the Boston Marathon. According to event organizers, the regatta attracts 400,000 spectators that bring in approximately $55 million per year to local restaurants, hotels and businesses in the Greater Boston community.

“It is a privilege for rowers to race in it each year either by means of qualifying or lottery,’” says Orzel. “Seeing the international rowing community come together for an entire weekend on our local Charles River is an incredible experience.”

Hotel occupancy rates alone prove that the annual number of visitors for HOCR weekend continue to rise. This year, Greater Boston hotels booked 93.7 percent of their rooms on Friday, October 20, and 98.4 percent on Saturday, October 21; 3.6 percent and 2.2 percent more than the average occupancy rates on any other regular weekend in October and higher than 2016 numbers.

Head of the Charles Regatta is one of many premiere sporting events taking place in Massachusetts throughout the year. From professional sports to collegiate and amateur competitions, Massachusetts has a stellar sporting tradition that consistently attracts events and tournaments to the area.

2018 Head of the Charles regatta is scheduled to take place from October 20-October 21, 2018. We hope to see you there.

Ultimate Frisbee Dominates the Ultimate Sports Town

16 Nov

Meghan Koehler, Intern at MA Sports Marketing Office and Student at Boston College


(Photo courtesy of Burt Granofsky at

Boston is often regarded as the ultimate sports town and Massachusetts “the state of champions.” Thanks to our amazing professional sports teams, venues like historical Fenway Park and TD Garden and world-renowned events like the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race, Massachusetts is a magnet for sporting events and the fans who follow them.

One of the great attributes of local sports fans is that we appreciate all sports, even those not always in the limelight. This includes Ultimate Frisbee, a fast-paced, thrilling sport, gaining world popularity throughout 1968.

So, what is it that makes Ultimate unique? The Spirit of the Game.

The official rules of Ultimate includes a “Spirit of the Game” clause that states, “Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among players.”

As a self-officiated sport, Ultimate depends on a mutual respect between players. Without a referee, players on the field are responsible for calling their own rule violations. For instance, if two players collide, one player has the right to call a foul. The action comes to a halt and the opposing player has a right to agree or disagree with the call.

Self-officiating requires honesty, maturity and integrity – all qualities of which are fostered in the Ultimate community.

Not surprisingly, Massachusetts’s area youth, collegiate, and club teams are dominating the ultimate community across all 3 divisions: Women’s, Men’s and mixed.

Massachusetts has been a leading state in the world of Ultimate and even served as host to the Boston Invitational tournament in 2014. The best teams from around the nation and Canada flooded to Devens, MA to face fierce competition in the area.

2015-2017 Boston College team captain and current Slow White club team member, Olivia Hampton says, “with such a large talent pool and numerous playing options for all ages, Boston is considered one of the major hubs for Ultimate in the country, along with Seattle and San Francisco.”

The state’s Ultimate success rapidly grew from modest beginnings. As college players from Hampshire and Cornell moved into the region in 1977, they brought with them a disc and an enthusiasm for the continuation of the game. Western Massachusetts continues to be a stronghold in Ultimate Frisbee:  the UMass Amherst Men’s team is currently ranked first in the nation.

The all men’s original Boston team its first National Championships in 1982 and the first ever Ultimate World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden in 1983. Now, Boston’s Ironside leads the area’s teams in the Men’s elite club division.

Women’s Ultimate has been equally triumphant in putting its mark on Boston’s sports scene, with Boston-based team, Brute Squad leading the pack at number two in USA Ultimate’s rankings. The team’s 15-year climb to the top began with a 13th overall finish wearing makeshift uniforms and a hunger to win. The players’ commitment to the game carried them to their National Championship victory in 2015 and 2016.

Finally, 2016 National Club Champions, Slow White dominates among Boston’s mixed teams. More than just combining the types of play of talented young men and women, the mixed team also promotes an application of gender equality that is unparalleled in any other sport.

Founding member of Slow White, Roselyn Ano said in a statement, “As the sport of Ultimate gains in popularity, the Ultimate community has a responsibility to showcase both genders and, in particular, promote how women contribute as players, leaders, coaches and mentors.”

These three Boston teams swept the 2016 National Championships across all three divisions.

“Boston Ultimate benefits greatly from the incredible concentration of universities around the city and in the surrounding suburbs. There are plenty of opportunities to play against nearby teams of varying skill levels,” says Hampton.

Ultimate recreational leagues are sprouting across Massachusetts thanks to dedicated players and Boston’s local volunteer-based organization, Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance (BUDA).

“Local neighborhood pick-up games occur on a weekly basis in every town,” said Ano. “Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance (BUDA) is one of the longest-running organizations in the country, boasting dozens of leagues for all skill levels and age groups, and has one of the country’s largest Summer Leagues with over 100 teams registering each year.”

With a growing opportunity for youth and college programs to develop alongside the sport, the Massachusetts Ultimate community is bound to continue the upward trend toward success in the coming years.

Ultimate is just one of the lesser mainstream sports that contributes to Massachusetts’ title as the “state of champions.” With disc golf, Rugby, and lacrosse taking the state by storm, Massachusetts will only grow as the premiere destination for all sports and sporting events.

Brewster Whitecaps Crowned Cape League Champs

14 Aug

During the Summer of 2017, the Brewster Whitecaps played a Cape League record 53 games, and finished off the season as champions.  A 2-0 win over Bourne on August 13 in Game 3 of the Championship Series capped off a resilient season for the Whitecaps.  After finishing the regular season at 21-21-2, Brewster earned the #3 seed in the East Division and a first round date with the 3X defending champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.  They beat the Red Sox 2-1 in a best-of-three series after dropping the first game, and did much of the same against the Orleans Firebirds, also beating them 2-1 in the East Division Championship Series.  In the finals against Bourne, it took till a deciding Game 3, when a Hunter Bishop home run gave them insurance run in the sixth inning to take the title with a 2-0 victory.  This is the first title that Brewster has celebrated since 2000.Whitecaps Trophy

Boston Pride 2017-18 Schedule Announced

11 Aug

The National Women’s Hockey League recently announced their schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season.  The Boston Pride will play 16 regular season games, playing eight home games at the Warrior Ice Arena, which is also the home of the Boston Bruins practice arena.  Their home schedule is as follows:

Saturday, November 4: vs. Connecticut Whale, 7:30

Saturday, December 2: vs. Buffalo Beauts, 7:30

Saturday, December 16: vs. New York Riveters, 7:30

Saturday, January 20: vs. New York Riveters, 7:30

Friday, February 2: vs. Connecticut Whale, 6:00

Sunday, February 18: vs. Buffalo Beauts, 2:30

Saturday, March 3: vs. Connecticut Whale, 7:30

Saturday, March 10: vs. New York Riveters, 7:30

The Pride have been the most successful franchise in the short history of the NWHL.  After the winning the inaugural Isobel Cup in 2016, they finished runner-ups to the Buffalo Beauts in 2017 and hold the highest winning percentage of any team in league history.  The team has now opened sales for season tickets, and will soon starting selling single-game tickets as well.  The 2017 NWHL Draft will take place on August 17th at 7:00.

Valley Blue Sox Clinch First NECBL Championship

9 Aug

For the first time in franchise history, the Valley Blue Sox captured the NECBL Title, defeating the Ocean State Waves 2-0 in a best-of-three series.  Game 1 of the series was called mid-game on August 7th due to rain, so they finished up the game on August 8th, and the Blue Sox pulled out a 9-3 win.  Game 2 of the series was played immediately after, and Michael Wroth hit one home run and drove in two in a 6-3 championship clinching victory for the team from Holyoke.  The Blue Sox finished the regular season at 26-18 and grabbed the #2 seed in the Northern Division and never looked back.  An opening round win over the Keene Swamp Bats was followed series sweeps of the Upper Valley Nighthawks and Waves, bringing the title to the Pioneer Valley.Blue Sox Champs