Meet AC, a tourism development agency designed to attract meetings and conventions to Atlantic City, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian announced on Jan. 13 the formation of the Atlantic City Sports Commission.
A vision of Meet AC President/CEO Jim Wood since he came on board in June 2014, the Atlantic City Sports Commission will be powered by Meet AC and continue to grow into a destination for sporting events including sports meetings and conventions.
“Sports is big business, and through the formation of the Atlantic City Sports Commission, we are positioning Atlantic City to attract additional sporting events to our city year round,” said Wood.
In an economic impact study conducted by the National Association of Sports Commissions, amateur sport events generate nearly $8 billion annually. Additionally over 1,000 sport event rights holders plan multiple events each year.
“The formation of the AC Sports Commission is one more fantastic non-gaming attraction that Atlantic City will build its future upon,” Mayor Guardian commented. “No matter what your age is, you can always have fun watching a sporting event with your friends and family!”
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) has hosted numerous sports events in Atlantic City.
“While we continue to work with our contracted operations company, Global-Spectrum, and provide incentives to bring events to Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, we look forward to leveraging Meet AC’s ability to maintain a presence in the sports promotion business world and draw attention to the benefits of bringing additional events to the area,” stated John Palmieri, executive director, CRDA.