2016 Industry Leaders: Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission

By Sponsored Content, December 14, 2016

Pete Harvey
Director of Sports Development

Chuck Giglia
Director of Sports Sales

Ally Pawarski
Sports and Sales Services Manager

Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission
Buffalo, N.Y.

With a trifecta of talent and nearly 60 years of combined experience in the hospitality and sports marketing industries, the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is taking Buffalo’s resurgence to new levels and bringing big-name, buzzworthy amateur athletic events to the Queen City while boosting the local economy.

Commission Accomplishments

> 2016 National Softball Association Girls Fast Pitch World Series: Hosted 130 teams generating $2 million in economic impact; first time held in the Northeast

> 2017 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball, Rounds 1 and 2

> 2017 Gaelic Athletic Association Continental Youth Championships

> 2017 NCAA DI & DII Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Regional Championships

> 2017 World Deaf Hockey Championships

> 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships

Rave Review
“Buffalo Niagara has become an amateur sports mecca thanks in large part to the tireless work of the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission. Our team is dedicated to delivering the highest level of service and paying attention to the kind of details that take events to the next level. It’s a standard of excellence we aspire to and exceed time after time,” says Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara.

 

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