Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Buffalo's Home to Some Really Good SportsBuffalo Niagara CVB sports portfolio growswith addition of prestigious events

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – Buffalo continues to burnish its reputation as an amateur athletics Mecca with the recent signing of several high profile, high impact events, the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today.The 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Junior Gold Championships will be held in Buffalo July 7-13, 2007 and will boost local coffers by more than $1.5 million. Nearly 1,500 people will visit Buffalo during the championships and will require in excess of 6,000 hotel room nights. USBC views Buffalo as an ideal summertime location for the national scratch youth tournament.Buffalo successfully bid against Detroit and Rochester for the USBC event. The CVB credits the national site selection committee's decision to Buffalo Niagara's growing reputation for hosting successful amateur athletic events and the strength of the local organizing committee."Our community has tremendous resources that we can offer prospective events, ranging from the Pepsi Center to the Flickinger Center at ECC to the UB athletic facilities," said Richard Geiger, President, Buffalo Niagara CVB. "The investment the state and our community have made in these facilities is being re-paid countless times over by the presence of these athletes and their families and supporters."In addition, the Buffalo Niagara CVB recently has booked - in conjunction with strong local organizing committee support -- five future hockey events; two swimming events; an archery event; softball championship; and a soccer championship that will bring more than 13,500 people into town, use nearly 32,000 hotel room night and impact the local economy by $6.3 million.

USA Hockey 2006 Women's Championships - Division A, B, C
USA Hockey Girls' Division U12, U14, U16, U19
USA Hockey 2007 Tier I & Tier II Boys Super Site U12 & U14
Buffalo Hornets Hockey Association 2005 Labor Day Tournament
Buffalo Hornets Hockey Association 2006 Labor Day Tournament
National Archery Association 2007 New York and Pennsylvania Indoor Championship
Amateur Softball Association 2005 23 & Under National Championship
Crestline Sports 2005 Kick It 3 vs. 3 Soccer Tour Regional Championship
STAR Swimming Invitational Long Course Championship
US Swimming Eastern Zone Age Group Long Course

"In the amateur sports world, Buffalo stands for first rate facilities, top shelf organizing committees, attentive service and a supportive community," added Geiger. "When it comes to hosting athletic event, Buffalo is second to none."The Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau, as the marketing leader of the Buffalo Niagara hospitality industry, promote our region worldwide as a convention, amateur athletics, tourism, leisure and business destination for the economic benefit of the community. "

For information on Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau news, please contact Ed Healy, Director of Communications at 1-888-228-3369, or E-mail: healy@buffalocvb.org

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