Strong spring event impact in coastal Alabama; track events ramping up
Alabama’s beaches saw a 9.48% economic impact increase for sports and events in the first quarter
GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Sports and leisure events are coming back to Alabama’s beaches little by little and are leading to economic gains for the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From January through March 2021, Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events facilitated 28 events, resulting in 11,029 room nights and $5.13 million in economic impact, a 9.48% increase over the same period in 2020.
Moving into a busy track season, the community will welcome thousands of youth and collegiate student-athletes through May.
“What a difference a year makes – from the majority of events being forced to cancel or postpone in March and April 2020 to a successful and encouraging first quarter of 2021,” said Michelle Russ, vice president of sales, sports and events for GSOB Sports & Events. “As spring events continue, we remain vigilant as we adhere to and promote Alabama Public Health guidelines and work with our cities and event owners to safely welcome participants and families to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.”
The following track events are set to take place at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in April and May 2021:
- AISA Outdoor Track & Field State Championship (April 15-16)
- University of Mobile Track & Field Meet (April 17)
- AHSAA Boys’ and Girls 4-7A State Track Championship (April 29 to May 1)
- Nashville Track Club Gulf Shores Track Festival (May 7-8)
- NAIA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships (May 26-28)
For information on upcoming events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit GSOBsports.com, or call 1-800-745-SAND.
Caption: The NAIA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships takes place May 26-28, 2021, at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
Credit: Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events
About Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events:
Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events is a partnership among Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT), the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Gulf State Park and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In 2007, the organization became a department within GSOBT. In this role, the GSOB Sports & Events – along with assistance from both cities – works to bring quality athletic and leisure events to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. To learn more about sports and events along Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches, please visit GSOBsports.com.