PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., May 5, 2020 – Visit Panama City Beach is pleased to announce a four-year partnership with the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) and the National Club Softball Association (NCSA), divisions of the National Federation of Collegiate Club Sports Leagues, at the Panama City Beach Sports Complex starting in 2021. The National Federation of Collegiate Club Sports Leagues will host Swing into Spring—Panama City Beach each February or March with an estimated 70 club baseball and softball teams who will practice and play each other as they prepare for their conference season.
“The NCBA and the NCSA can’t wait for 2021 to get on the field for the Swing into Spring—Panama City Beach event and play ball at the PCB Sports Complex,” says CEO and President of CollClubSports, Sandy Sanderson. “We can’t help but feel like this state of the art complex is our new March home away from home and we look forward to bringing our collegiate club baseball and softball teams to town to enjoy all that the Panama City Beach community has to offer.”
Schools participating include, Ohio State University, Penn State University, University of Iowa, Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of Missouri, Iowa State University, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, University of Central Florida and the University of Florida.
“Swing into Spring—Panama City Beach is an incredible new addition to the PCB Sports Complex’s schedule, and we are excited to host CollClubSports and their players in our world-class destination,” says Jamie Cox, General Manager for the Panama City Beach Sports Complex. “Not only will they be able to enjoy our brand-new facility, but they will also experience the very best of Panama City Beach, from our beautiful beaches to our amazing attractions and remarkable restaurants.”
This college club baseball and softball training event will extend for several weeks with a total of 160 games. According to the National Federation of Collegiate Club Sports Leagues, 1,000 hotel rooms will be occupied in Panama City Beach each week during the Swing into Spring event, resulting in $500K in direct spending and an economic impact of $800K.
“We look forward to welcoming these athletes and their families to our beautiful white-sand beaches next year,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “Panama City Beach continues to be the premier sports destination of the South, and we are thrilled about this new, long-standing relationship with CollClubSports.”
For more information, visit https://www.collclubsports.com.
About Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com. Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@VisitPanamaCityBeach).
About Visit Panama City Beach
Visit Panama City Beach is the official destination marketing organization for Panama City Beach, Florida. The award-winning organization has earned industry accreditation (DMAP) from Destinations International, the world’s leading authority in destination marketing, and exists to drive economic opportunity, job creation, community sustainability and quality of life for its residents through marketing, promotion and stewardship of the destination’s REAL.FUN.BEACH. brand and attributes, tourism development, special event production, and managing beach re-nourishment and maintenance programs.
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