The City of Surprise has seen a convergence of baseball talent from across the country! Surprise Stadium and Recreation Campus host a series of nationally ranked baseball tournaments throughout the year in partnership with highly accredited sports organizations.
According to International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Sports tourism is a recession resistant industry. It is the only segment with no decline in any quarter of the recession. Youth and amateur sports in particular, is an $11.4-billion-dollar industry and is the fastest growing segment of sports tourism, with the southwest region having the most opportunity for growth.
“We are proud to be ramping up our game, bringing higher-profile events to Surprise. This is truly bringing visibility to our city and putting us in the spotlight as a premiere destination for sports tourism.” shared Director of Sports and Tourism Kendra Pettis.
Local and regional talent showcase their abilities on the diamond, participating in what is quickly mapping the City of Surprise as a platform for sports tourism on a national level.
The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department is responsible for managing Major League Baseball Spring Training at Surprise Stadium, shared-use facility partnerships with Ottawa University, major tennis tournaments, and tourism driven events, festivals, and sports tournaments.