EVENTS WILL BRING 20,000 VISITORS, MILLIONS IN DIRECT SPENDING AND TAX REVENUE
FOR THE REGION AND STATE
MARKS FIRST TIME REGION HOSTS TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS SIMULTANEOUSLY
ST. LOUIS – March 16, 2017 – For St. Louis, the madness of March is manifested in something it has never done before: host two NCAA championships at the same time. The region accomplishes that unique feat this weekend as it produces the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four. The Wrestling Championships take place today through Saturday at Scottrade Center and the Women’s Frozen Four runs Friday and Sunday at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
“This is a special weekend for sports in St. Louis and for our entire area,” said St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito. “I hope our region appreciates how meaningful it is to host these championships – not just because of their economic value, but also because of the excitement they bring to our community and the opportunity they present for St. Louisans to see student-athletes compete at the highest level.
“It’s also important to acknowledge the NCAA for its faith in St. Louis to deliver a fabulous experience for two championships going on simultaneously. We’re grateful for the support from our partners and co-hosts – the University of Missouri and Scottrade Center for Wrestling, and Lindenwood University and the Family Arena for the Frozen Four. Together, we look forward to taking on the challenge.
ALL-SESSION TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT, BUT LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS REMAIN FOR SATURDAY SESSIONS, INCLUDING THE EVENT FINALS
ST. LOUIS – March 13, 2017 – 2,438 student-athletes have competed all season long for the opportunity to wrestle in St. Louis for an NCAA title. The dream remains alive for 330 of them. Come Saturday night, 10 will have advanced through the brackets and be crowned national champions.
The drama and excitement of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships reignites in St. Louis starting at 11 a.m. Thursday (March 16) and continues through Saturday (March 18) at Scottrade Center.
All-Session tickets are sold out, but a limited amount of tickets are available for Session 5 Saturday morning and the event finals Saturday night. Tickets may be purchased online through NCAA.com/Wrestling, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Scottrade Center box office.
ST. LOUIS – March 6, 2017 – Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. Central, fans can order single-session tickets for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on April 14-15. Seats start at just $18. All-session tickets (providing admission to all three sessions during the championships) remain available. Tickets can be purchased online at NCAA.com/WGymnastics, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Chaifetz Arena box office.
Gymnastics clubs and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets by calling Jenna Mueller at 314-977-5008. Group discounts are available on select seats.
ST. LOUIS – Dec. 15, 2016 – Beginning tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. Central, fans can order all-session tickets for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. An all-session package includes a ticket to both semifinal games on March 17 and the championship game on March 19.
Tickets range from $24 to $44 and can be purchased online at NCAA.com/Tickets, by phone at 800-293-5949 or at The Family Arena box office. Groups of 10 or more can purchase general admission tickets for $15 each by calling The Family Arena box office at 636-896-4237.
ST. LOUIS – Dec. 12, 2016 – Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. Central, fans can order all-session tickets for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in St. Louis. All-Session tickets provide admission to all three sessions of the Championships at Chaifetz Arena on April 14-15. Tickets can be purchased online at NCAA.com/WGymnastics, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Chaifetz Arena box office.
Gymnastics clubs and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets by calling Jenna Mueller at 314-977-5008.
The University of Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission serve as hosts for the event, which is taking place in St. Louis for first time. Mizzou and the Sports Commission will also host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Chaifetz Arena.
THE FEEL-GOOD NIGHT OF THE YEAR CELEBRATES STAN THE MAN’S LEGACY
AND THE YEAR’S GREATEST MOMENTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP
TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH TICKETMASTER
ST. LOUIS – Nov. 16, 2016 – Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., WNBA star Tamika Catchings, and Jack Sock, one of the top American tennis players, are among those who will be recognized at the Musial Awards Saturday night. They will join an incredible lineup of individuals who have displayed remarkable character, kindness, selflessness and integrity in sports. The event, which honors Stan Musial’s legacy and celebrates the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship, takes place at the Peabody Opera House at 7 p.m. Tickets ranging from $10 to $50 are available to the public. Ticket details appear later in this release.
CAL RIPKEN JR., TAMIKA CATCHINGS, JACK SOCK AND THOSE CONNECTED TO 2016’S MOST INSPIRING
MOMENTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP TO BE HONORED IN ST. LOUIS ON NOV. 19
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 27, 2016 – The stars of sportsmanship will be out at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on Nov. 19. That night, the Musial Awards will celebrate the class acts in sports. Honorees include baseball hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr., women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings, and top-ranked American men’s tennis player Jack Sock. They will be recognized alongside a cast of selfless and humble individuals who, over the past year, displayed extraordinary kindness, compassion, integrity and civility in sports.
The Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – celebrate the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and the biggest names in sports who exemplify class and character. Produced annually by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, the event is named for Stan “The Man” Musial, a beloved baseball icon who embodied the virtues of sportsmanship. This year’s show takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Peabody Opera House in Downtown St. Louis.
Here are the recipients of the 2016 Musial Awards:
WNBA STAR AND 4-TIME GOLD MEDALIST TAMIKA CATCHINGS TO BE HONORED
WITH MUSIAL AWARD FOR EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER
TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW FOR SHOW CELEBRATING YEAR’S TOP MOMENTS
OF SPORTSMANSHIP AND CLASS ACTS IN SPORTS
ST. LOUIS – Sept. 19, 2016 – Stan the Man set the standard. The Iron Man lived up to it. For embodying the class, integrity and humility synonymous with Stan Musial, Cal Ripken Jr. is receiving the pinnacle honor for sportsmanship: the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ripken will accept the honor at this year’s Musial Awards in St. Louis on Saturday, Nov. 19. He will be recognized alongside individuals from around the country responsible for extraordinary acts of sportsmanship – including Tamika Catchings, one of women’s basketball’s most prolific players and greatest ambassadors. Catchings is receiving the event’s other special honor, the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character.
INAUGURAL RUN BRINGS AREA BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES TOGETHER
TO CELEBRATE CAMARADERIE AND LIVING A HEALTHY, ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
ST. LOUIS – Sept. 15, 2016 – Over 120 St. Louis area businesses and 2,000 participants will take part in the inaugural Biz Dash 5K tonight at Ballpark Village. Billed as St. Louis’ Biggest Office Party, the new event promotes health and wellness in the workplace while building team camaraderie and an evening out after work. The event is produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission.
“We are really excited about the level of participation and engagement in the first year of the Biz Dash,” said Sports Commission President Frank Viverito. “It’s a great wellness team building event and I can promise everyone will have a great time mingling and networking.”
The evening features the 5K race, the world-famous Dr. Zhivegas on the First Bank stage in the World Wide Technology Team Village, tailgating games and activities during the post-race party, and much more.
Industry category winners along with the overall male and female winners will receive awards – as will the top finishers of the HBM Holdings CEO Challenge. Company creativity will be showcased in the
t-shirt design contest.
The first-year event sold out of company hospitality tents. Participants who do not have a tent or catered hospitality will be able to purchase food and beverages in the World Wide Technology Team Village.
For more information on the Biz Dash, visit stlbizdash.com.
INITIATIVE IS PART OF ST. LOUIS SPORTS COMMISSION’S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE REGION’S OLYMPIC LEGACY
ST. LOUIS – Aug. 3, 2016 – With the 2016 Summer Games about to get underway, the birthplace of the Olympics in North America is extending its best wishes to its new South American counterpart. Billboards have gone up in the St. Louis area with the message: “Good luck, Rio! From North America’s First Olympic Host City to South America’s.
In 1904, St. Louis hosted the third Olympiad and became the first city in North America to host the Olympics. Now, 112 years later, the Games are making their debut in South America as Rio de Janeiro serves as host. The billboards highlight that historical connection.
The “good luck” message appears on two digital billboards in St. Louis. One is located near Downtown on Interstate 64, east of Jefferson Avenue, visible heading west. The other billboard is near Lambert Airport on Interstate 170, north of St. Charles Rock Road, visible heading south. The artwork for the billboards appears at the end of this news release.