Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the destination of many northerners when they retire, will celebrate seniors who take pride in staying active. The sunny city recently celebrated being awarded the 2021 National Senior Games.
Winning the event goes well beyond the feel-good story of hosting older athletes excelling at disciplines they’ve loved for years. National Senior Games Association CEO Mark Riker estimates the games will have a $38 million economic impact on the region.
More than 10,000 qualified athletes, accompanied by an estimated 15,000 visitors, are expected to compete in 20 medal sports. Broward County Convention Center will be the event’s hub with venues spread throughout Fort Lauderdale. A health and wellness Expo will be open to both athletes and the public with activities and exhibits at the convention center in summer 2021.
“Beyond showing great sport venues, hotels, transportation, the experience of hosting a variety of major events, volunteer base and entertainment options, the Fort Lauderdale team gave us a compelling portrayal of the sunny disposition and inclusive community spirit that will embrace our participants,” says Riker.
The 2019 Games will be hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from June 14-25. Recent host cities include Birmingham (2017), Minneapolis-St. Paul (2015), Cleveland (2013), and Houston (2011).