TEAMS ’16, the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry, will be held in Atlantic City, N.J.
The announcement was made at Harrah’s Atlantic City during a press conference organized by Meet AC, the Atlantic City Sports Commission and Caesars Entertainment. TEAMS ’16 will be held Sept. 26–29, 2016, at the new $125 million, 100,000-square-foot Waterfront Conference Center, which will open in August.
“We are very excited to bring TEAMS to Atlantic City,” said Timothy Schneider, president and CEO, Schneider Publishing, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and organizes the TEAMS Conference. “Many factors contributed to our decision to stage TEAMS in Atlantic City, including the city’s rich history and unique sense of place—which will serve as a huge draw to attendees. Meet AC’s commitment to supporting the sports-event community also made Atlantic City an obvious destination for TEAMS.”
Presented by SportsTravel magazine, the TEAMS Conference & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers. Launched in 1998, TEAMS attracts more than 1,400 attendees including CEOs, executive directors and event managers from sports organizations as well as representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality industry opinion leaders.
“The Atlantic City Sports Commission is ecstatic to host TEAMS ’16 in Atlantic City,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO, Meet AC. “The sports business in Atlantic City continues to grow, whether it’s a convention or tournament. TEAMS will help us develop the AC Sports Commission as a cutting-edge agency and strengthen our relationships within the sports industry. TEAMS will generate substantial ROI for Atlantic City.”
“Caesars Entertainment is thrilled to host TEAMS at Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center in 2016,” said Michael Massari, senior vice-president, Caesars Entertainment National Meetings and Events. “We know just how important TEAMS is to the sports-event industry. Having TEAMS in Atlantic City will give us and Meet AC the chance to showcase what a fantastic destination the city is for all types of sporting events.”
Whether event organizers are looking to stage a sporting event, tournament or meeting, Atlantic City welcomes groups with 15,630 hotel rooms and more than 770,000 square feet of citywide meeting space, ranging from the 600,000-square-foot Atlantic City Convention Center to smaller event facilities. The city attracts 27 million visitors annually and is home to attractions such as the iconic Boardwalk, which features casinos, hotels, entertainment and eateries.