2009 Big East/Big Ten Baseball Challenge Nominated for 2009 SportsTravel Award
Aug. 17, 2009
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The 2009 Big East/Big Ten Baseball Challenge has been nominated for a 2009 SportsTravel Award, SportsTravel magazine announced on Monday. The inaugural event, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, welcomed approximately 17,000 spectators over three days in NCAA Division I baseball’s first conference challenge event. The Big Ten won the event, taking 15 of the 24 inter-conference games.
Events are nominated and then voted upon by the readers of SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine. Criteria for nomination and voting include superior organization and attendance of the event, a superior experience for the competitors and/or spectators at the event and how the site or venue served to enhance the event.
Final balloting is open through Sept. 14, and winners will be announced at the TEAMS 2009 Conference & Expo, Oct. 13-17, in New Orleans.
Official ballots are available in the August and September issues of SportsTravel magazine. Readers may also find more information and vote online at http://www.SportsTravelMagazine.com.
The ballot includes nominees in amateur, collegiate and professional categories. Awards in those three categories will be given for best single-sport event, best multi-sport or multi-discipline event, and best sports event series or circuit. Voters will also pick the best new sports event and an overall Sports Event of the Year from among the nominated events.
The TEAMS 2009 Conference and Expo is the world’s largest annual gathering for the sports event and sports-related travel industry. For further information or to register, visit http://www.TEAMSconference.com.
TEAMS and SportsTravel are owned by Schneider Publishing, the Los Angeles-based company that also publishes Association News magazine. The group travel markets served by Schneider Publishing generate 106 million room nights annually. For further information, call toll-free (877) 577-3700.
The 2010 Big Ten/Big East Challenge will be played Feb. 26-28 in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla.