January 16, 2019
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MASSACHUSETTS ISSUES ITS TOP SPORTING EVENTS IN 2019
Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy
Boston – Massachusetts has issued its annual 2019 compilation of popular sporting activities in the Bay State, ranging from professional games and collegiate tournaments to iconic competitions and fundraising events.
Assembled by Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), 2019 Massachusetts Sporting Events highlight new events this year such as the Crashed Ice Downhill Ice Skating race at Fenway Park and the American Hockey League All-Star Classic in Springfield, plus perennial favorites like Boston’s Beanpot Hockey Tournament, Falmouth Road Race, and the charitable Pan Mass Challenge.
“Sports help to build strong community spirit and they stimulate our state economy,” says Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham. “Sports teams and their fans support our local businesses, hotels, restaurants and retail shops throughout Massachusetts.”
“Massachusetts sports teams have gained an international following,” says Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “The upcoming Boston Red Sox – New York Yankees baseball game in London this June underscores the popularity of our sports brands around the globe.”
Since 2000, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins have won a combined 11 championships, making Massachusetts the most successful state for professional sports in the United States. Massachusetts hosts world-renowned sporting events such as the Boston Marathon and Head of the Charles Regatta, and is also credited with inventing two sports, basketball and volleyball, in the 19th century.
“In addition to our top professional teams, we’re delighted that new minor league teams are cropping up all across the Commonwealth, from the Railers, Blades, Pirates, and Woo Sox in Worcester to the Thunderbirds in Springfield and the Spinners in Lowell,” says Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Manager Ricardo Guillaume. “There’s a genuine appetite for sports everywhere in Massachusetts.”
About Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA. For more information, visit massvacation.com
About Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office: MSMO is the state agency dedicated to promoting the Commonwealth as a premier sports destination. MSMO helps facilitate and attract major sporting events in Massachusetts and leads the effort to create customized event bids for international, national, collegiate, youth and amateur sporting events that contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. For more information, visit masportsoffice.com
MASSACHUSETTS SPORTING EVENTS 2019
2019 HoopHall Classic
January 17 – 21 | Springfield College, Springfield
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame showcase rising basketball talent during its annual Hoop Hall Classic, January 17-21 at the Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College.
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Track & Field
January 26 | Reggie Lewis Center | Roxbury, Boston
Now in its 24th year, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is the only U.S. stop on the prestigious IAAF World Indoor Tour. Over the years it has played host to nine world records and 13 American records.
2019 AHL All-Star Classic
January 27 & 28 | MassMutual Center, Springfield
The Springfield Thunderbirds will host the top stars of the American Hockey League when the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic drops the puck, January 27-28 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.
Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship
January 30 – February 2 | DCU Center, Worcester
Colonial Figure Skating Club has been selected to host the 2019 Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships.
New England Intercollegiate Track & Field Championships
February 1-2 | Reggie Lewis Center, Boston
The New England intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) hosts this premier gathering of top college athletes from throughout New England.
67th Men’s Beanpot Tournament
February 4 | TD Garden, Boston
Four historic men’s collegiate hockey teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University compete for the coveted Beanpot Championship at the TD Garden in Boston.
41st Women’s Beanpot Tournament
February 5 | TD Garden, Boston
Four iconic women’s collegiate hockey teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University take to the ice in pursuit of the Beanpot Championship at the TD Garden in Boston.
Red Bull Crashed Ice
February 8 & 9 | Fenway Park, Boston
America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, Fenway Park gets frozen over and turned into a winter-ramp wonderland for an exciting competition of ice racing.
USBA Massachusetts State Breaking Grand Championships
February 16 | Chicopee
Competitors from around the region compete in breaking, a popular martial arts skill where skilled contestants break objects ranging from wood, cinder blocks, glass or steel hands, feet or head.
2019 USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship
February 17 | Gordon Track, Harvard University, Cambridge
USA Track & Field is the national governing body for the sports of track and field, cross country running, road running and race-walking.
NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship
March 8-11 | UMass Boston, Reggie Lewis Center
University of Massachusetts Boston hosts the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship meet. The nearby Reggie Lewis Center, which has hosted athletes from all over the world, is proud to serve as the host facility.
22nd Lobster Pot Hockey Tournament
March 15-17 | Hyannis Youth & Community Center and Tony Kent Arena, Cape Cod
Each year 64 teams and over 900 participants play 102 hockey games leading up to the Lobster Pot championship for youth hockey enthusiasts.
35th Hockey East Championship
March 23 |TD Garden, Boston
College hockey’s most prestigious postseason tournament. The Hockey East Association is an 11-team Division I college men’s conference and a 10-team women’s league.
2019 Cape Ann Fool’s Dual Half Marathon
March 31 | Gloucester
This 5k race and half marathon is a North of Boston tradition highlighted by gorgeous ocean views and the charming coastline of Cape Ann.
Red Sox Opening Day 2019
April 9 | Fenway Park, Boston
The defending MLB World Series Champions welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to the first home game at Fenway Park.
123rd Boston Marathon
April 15 | Boston
The Boston Marathon falls on every third day in April, also known as “Patriots Day” where world-renown runners and neighborhood joggers all come together to compete and raise money for charitable causes.
2019 Spartan Race Boston Sprint Weekend
May 11 & 12 | Charlton
508 International will transform into a muddy terrain paradise for participants who have what it takes to become a Spartan.
IWLCA Brine New England Cup
June 8 & 9 | UMass, Amherst
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association hosts the annual Brine New England Cup, sponsored by New Balance. The tournament has strong attendance by college coaches from DI, DII, and DIII to scout prospective student-athletes.
NorthFace Endurance Challenge
June 8-9 | Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Runners navigate the trails of Wachusett Mountain, summiting on multiple occasions before hopping on the Midstate Trail to Leominster State Forest, home of scenic ridge lines and lake shore views.
Special Olympics Massachusetts
June 8-10 | Harvard University & Boston University
2,000+ athletes with disabilities compete at this inspiring Olympic Games in track & field, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Red Sox vs. Yankees in London
June 29-30 | Olympic Stadium, London, UK
A special treat for international MA sports fans and residents of Red Sox Nation: the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees take their iconic rivalry across the pond to London for a two-game series.
2019 Tough Mudder Boston
June 29-30 | Charlton
Participants compete in an 8-10 mile loop of mud-soaked course loaded with 25 best-in-class obstacles, including 10 new or updated 2019 obstacles.
New England Women’s Amateur Golf Championship
July 8-10 | Great Horse Golf Club, Hampden
This prestigious and competitive golf tournament features the best amateur women golfers from the six New England states.
2nd Annual Boston Unity Cup
July 12-14 | Moakley Park, South Boston
Sixteen nations, representing greater Boston’s racial and ethnic diversity, participate in this soccer tournament of friendship and skill. The 2018 tournament was won by Brazil, in a thrilling final match with El Salvador.
Savage Race Boston 2019
July 13 | Carter & Stevens Farm, Barre
Savage Race is an intense 5-7 mile obstacle run with 25 world class obstacles, mud, fire, and barbed wire. Contestants can run individually or create a team.
2019 Cape Cod Baseball League All Star Game
July 21 | Eldridge, Orleans
Many of the top players in the MLB have earned their stripes in the Cape Cod Baseball league. Watch the next crop of future baseball stars compete in the league’s all-star game in Orleans, Cape Cod.
2019 Pan-Mass Challenge
August 3 & 4 | Boston
Since its founding in 1980, this annual bike-a-thon has raised millions every year toward life-saving cancer research. The race passes through 46 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
Nantucket Lacrosse Festival
August 11 | Nantucket Island
Prime Time Lacrosse hosts this 3 on 3 lacrosse tournament for boys and girls U-11 to U19 teams at on turf fields. Each team plays four 30-minute games to compete with their peers in this fast-paced exciting sport.
47th New Balance Falmouth Road Race
August 18 & 19 | Cape Cod
Athletes competing in this annual 7.1-mile road international race benefit from the serene beauty of Falmouth and Woods Hole on Cape Cod.
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.
21st CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester
October 12 & 13 | 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.