Lee County Sports Development reports a record year for sports tourism in 2013 with nearly 142,000 room nights sold and $60 million in direct visitor spending from amateur sporting events alone. During 2013, Lee County hosted more than 100 amateur sports events, and amateur baseball events accounted for 85,000 of the room nights. These events brought nearly 137,000 people to Lee County.
“Lee County has established itself as a world-class destination for sports,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee County Sports Development. “Each year, amateur sports events are responsible for attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Lee County who dine at local restaurants, visit area attractions, stay in our hotels, and utilize our facilities.”
Operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation, Lee County’s five county-owned baseball complexes play host to more than 200 days of amateur baseball tournaments a year when they aren’t being used for spring training games.
About Lee County Sports Development
Created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, the Lee County Sports Development office is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-344-5201or visit www.leecountysports.org.