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.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan discusses encouraging more young athletes to play golf and the incredible growth on the women's tour.

Since Southwest University Park was built in El Paso, Texas, in 2014, the minor league park has drawn big crowds and events.

After a successful first year, the US Open Pickleball Championships returns this week to Naples, Florida, bigger and better.

The LPGA’s Symetra Tour is actively working with CVBs and sports commissions to add three or four new tournaments in 2018. Bids are due in October.

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