Pro soccer coming to Orange Beach for workout week; sports tourism up again
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission
GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Sports tourism is off to a busy start in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in 2020 coming off a record year in 2019 for the local economy. Sports visitor expenditures contributed $121.44 million in economic impact (2.77% increase over 2018) with 117,075 room nights (2% increase).
The continued growth for sports travel to Alabama’s beaches has sparked interest from various groups throughout the country, including the professional soccer team, Memphis 901 FC.
“We continue to be encouraged by the healthy sports tourism growth to boost the economy in our beach communities,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. “In 2019, we saw an increase in hotel and condo inventory in the destination, so a 2% increase in room nights is a solid figure. We look forward to welcoming new business, including Memphis 901 FC, this year.”
This elite league will jump-start its second season with an intense workout week at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Feb. 10-14. Workout week will consist of daily training sessions, training matches and team building.
“With its proximity to the beach and quality playing surfaces, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores provide us with a great opportunity to really put in the work and get locked in for the season," said James Roeling, assistant sporting director for the soccer league. "Preseason is a long, physically demanding period so putting the players in the best environment to succeed is paramount. We are confident that we chose a location that will help prepare us for the upcoming season.”
Caption: Professional soccer team Memphis 901 FC is kicking it to Orange Beach Feb. 10-14, 2020 for its workout week ahead of the season.
Credit: Memphis 901 FC
About Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission:
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission is a partnership between Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT), the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In 2007, this commission became a department within GSOBT. In this role, the commission – along with assistance from both cities – works to bring quality sporting events to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. To learn more about playing along Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches, please visit GulfShores.com/Sports.
About Memphis 901 FC:
Memphis 901 FC is an American Professional soccer team embarking on its second season in the United Soccer League Championship. 901 FC, led by Principal Owner Peter Freund, Minority Owner Tim Howard, President Craig Unger and Head Coach Tim Mulqueen, represents a market that includes over 8,000 youth soccer players, an established American Outlaws chapter and strong collegiate programs. For the latest information on the team, visit Memphis901FC.com and follow the club on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To secure season tickets for the 2020 season, visit Memphis901FC.com/SeasonTickets or call a 901 FC representative at (901) 721-6000.