What’s New and Next in Baltimore

By Matt Swenson, December 8, 2016

Baltimore’s blend of traditional events and new faces has Charm City feeling, well, charmed. We talked to Amy Calvert, senior vice president of convention sales and services at Visit Baltimore, about the latest news there.  

Going Out in Style

The Baltimore Running Festival, which culminated in a marathon Oct. 15, set records with 24,000 participants and 45,000 spectators at the finish line. The CVB says 35 percent of attendees were from out of state.

M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, hosted the annual Army-Navy game in December. Calvert called it a “point of pride” to share the game with Baltimore. Negotiations are underway to host the game again in the city.

A Look at 2017

USA Dance National DanceSport Championships will take place at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel March 31-April 2.

All Star Challenge will bring its Clash of the Titans cheer championships to Baltimore Convention Center a week later, April 8-9.

USA Fencing’s 2017 Division I and Wheelchair National Championships and April North American Cup will be held April 21-24 in the convention center.

Next year’s returning favorites include LaxCon, US Lacrosse’s annual convention and fan festival, Jan. 20-22 at the convention center, and the 142nd Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing’s triple crown, at Pimlico Race Course on May 20.

USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul looks back as she prepares to step down at the end of April.

Madison Area Sports Commission President and CEO Deb Archer and Vice President Jamie Patrick reveal how they won the day with the CrossFit Games.

In honor of Health Through Fitness Day on March 22, Connect Sports looks at which team sports are drawing the most participants.

Drone Racing League seeks bids to host events in 2018. RFPs are due June 1.

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