Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield has received a major honor. Readers of Sports Destination Management have named the complex a "Favorite Outdoor Venue" as part of the publication’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards.
The winners were voted on by a jury of their peers. The publication says they "represent the go-to destinations and companies in the sports tourism industry." Grand Park was cited for its 400-acre size and its record of bringing in nearly two million visitors annually and attracting more than $500 million in economic development since its inception.
"When we dreamt of Grand Park, we did not want to create a good place for youth sports, we wanted to create the best facility possible," said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. "This recognition is a great honor, but we see it every day. When a child from a local sports team or a visitor on a travel team gets to play in our world-class facility that is when we feel really good about what we have built and the experience we continue to develop. The fact that we have also created a strong economy for our community is a value add."
The ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Orlando and Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center in Ohio were also named among the favorite outdoor venues.
Sports Destination Management is written for sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market. You can view the full list of 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards winners by clicking here.