Meet Puerto Rico Anticipates a Home Run in 2017 With Major Sports Groups

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Sports planners can hit a home run and join other world renowned sporting organizations this year, such as the PGA Puerto Rico Open, Major League Baseball Players Association and the Earl Battey Baseball Tournaments by hosting events in Puerto Rico’s wide variety of modern sporting facilities. With its history of presenting international events and a solid sports tradition reflected in its many celebrated athletes, excellent facilities for almost every Olympic sport—ranging from 10 to 20,000 spectator seats—and a team of Meet Puerto Rico experts dedicated to excellence, Puerto Rico promises to make your sporting event a successful one. Home Run! Baseball continues to be played in a big way in Puerto Rico. The Major League Baseball Players Association, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, returned for a star-studded event honoring Roberto Clemente and the future of baseball in Puerto Rico with a series of baseball events. In addition, for 13 consecutive weeks beginning March 16 and running until November 27, the 2017 Earl Battey Baseball Tournaments will take place at the InterContinental Hotel. Puerto Rico’s baseball fields and stadiums include the newly renovated field of Hiram Bithorn Stadium and the ultra-modern synthetic field park of the Roberto Clement Walker Stadium–complete with clubhouse and seating for 12,500. Fore! With panoramic views, tropical breezes and lush greens, it’s no wonder that Puerto Rico has been host to top golfing events like the PGA Puerto Rico Open, World Amateur Golf Team Championships, and corporate golfing events. This year’s PGA Puerto Rico Open will take place at the Coco Beach Golf & CC, March 23-26. Among the many events taking place during the open will be a Triple-S Pro-Am and Awards, PGA TOUR Qualifier, Caddie Activity, Par 3 Challenge and a PGA TOUR Pro-Am Pairings Party, and a Junior Kids Afternoon Clinic. Puerto Rico offers 24 golf courses (16 are championship caliber) and range from venues such as the International Golf Club at Rio Mar Beach and Resort to the El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Award-winning courses designed by the likes of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Greg Norman, George and Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hill and Puerto Rico’s own “Chi-Chi” Rodríguez boast some of the most breathtaking vistas and scenic backdrops in the world. Gold Medal! Puerto Rico is proud to be a U.S. Commonwealth but also celebrates Olympic autonomy. As home to more than 30 sports federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the island can host both U.S. National and International Olympic events. Puerto Rico’s Natatorium of San Juan, a covered outdoor swim facility designed after the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games pool has capacity for 1,800 spectators and is available for swimming, diving, synchronized swim and water polo events. Sporting Facilities and Complexes That Take First Place. Dozens of purpose-built facilities—from world-class arenas to weightlifting coliseums to Major League double-tiered ball parks—cater to athletes and spectators of sports such as baseball, basketball, swimming, diving, tennis, hockey, weightlifting, martial arts, gymnastics, ice-skating, boxing, volleyball, track and field, soccer, equestrian, and even handball. With an average yearly temperature of 82°F (28°C), Puerto Rico offers an idyllic setting for outdoor athletic events and training programs. It’s win/win for planners, competitors and sports fans. Escape the conventional. meetpuertorico.com