Monthly Archives: April 2011
On this typical stormy spring day in Maryland, OSM took a trip to Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Cecil County for a site visit. The folks at Tough Mudder have been looking for potential sites in our area to host one of their events in early 2012. Tough Mudder is thought of as one of the toughest endurance competitions on the planet. Its 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. After communicating with them for a few weeks, we were able to narrow down the search and set-up some visits.
Today’s adventure was to the explore the possibilities of Fair Hill. Fair Hill is known for its equestrian events, such as steeplechase, timber course and flat races, and extensive, unspoiled grounds. Tough Mudder asked us to recommend sites that had over 400 acres in our area, and with Fair Hill’s 5,000+ acreage, we knew it would be a good fit, never mind swallow the event whole.
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The Office of Sports Marketing recently made the trek down to Greensboro, NC, for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Events Symposium. The event ran from Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14. Terry and Ashley kept themselves busy attending education sessions and meeting with multiple rights holders. They even came back to Maryland with several request for proposals (RFPs) in hand.
OSM had positive meetings with right holders like USA Cycling, U.S. Transplant Games, National Senior Games Association, USA Field Hockey and the Women’s Half Marathon, to name a few. Meeting with rights holders, like the ones listed, is a key component for bringing in new sporting events to the state and generating economic dollars.
The 136th Preakness Stakes is a little over a month away, and Pimlico Race Course is getting ready to host the middle jewel in the Triple Crown. Corporate tents have already begun sprouting up in the infield, and grounds crews have been working to make the infield finish line floral logos stand out by planting beautiful new flowers. Racing has been underway at the track for nearly a month now, with various stakes races already held. Over the past few weekends, three stakes races have been held: Shine Again Stakes on April 2, Mister Diz Stakes on April 9 and Primonetta Stakes on April 16.
The first 2-year-old race of the year in Maryland was held at Pimlico this past Friday. Bluegrass Atatude took the top spot in the first juvenile race of the season. The chestnut filly was racing sixth, eventually pulling ahead and winning by two lengths. By chance, OSM was lucky enough to witness this race live.
The Washington Capitals and the City of Baltimore announced the team will play an exhibition game against the Nashville Predators on September 20, 2011, at the First Mariner Arena. The game, which is being referred to as the Baltimore Hockey Classic, will be the first professional hockey game at the arena since the Baltimore Bandits last took the ice in 1997.
The much anticipated announcement was officially made on Monday by Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee and First Mariner Arena General Manager Frank Remesch joined Young in making the announcement.
Students of historic preservation interpret Maryland red as burnt sienna, like the brick masonry that defines many classic structures throughout the state. (Shout out to Camden Yards here.)
But there are a few other shades of red identified with Maryland sports worth noting now — because you’re going to be hearing a lot more about them in coming months.
This competition for girls’ club teams in age divisions from 12 to 18 has taken place at the Convention Center for several years, and has always brought a substantial bump in visitors to town. This year it returns for two big weekends –April 16-18 and 22-24.
These “Qualifiers” also promote inter-regional play and provide a high level of competition for teams at different levels within each age classification. They showcase junior talent for college recruiters and promote the growth and development of the sport.