KISSIMMEE, Florida – August 22, 2018
Kissimmee Sports Commission and THE Spring Games (Clermont, Fla.) have signed an agreement, effective immediately, that is expected to generate over $3 million in direct economic impact for Lake County and Osceola County, Fla. in 2019.
As part of the agreement, THE Spring Games will add the Osceola County Softball Complex to its inventory of facilities for its collegiate softball event, held annually since 2008. THE Spring Games brings over 300 college softball teams to the Central Florida area representing colleges and universities at the NCAA Division II and III, NAIA, and Junior College levels.
Currently, THE Spring Games operates exclusively out of Lake County, Fla. including Clermont, Minneola, and Leesburg. Alison Strange, Manager of THE Spring Games, is excited about this expansion.
“We are thrilled to be at the Osceola County Softball Complex for 2019. As we have grown as an event, we have outgrown the facilities available to us in Lake County. With its access to the theme parks and unique accommodations options, as well as first-class softball facilities in close proximity to our Lake County venues, Osceola County is a perfect fit for THE Spring Games,” said Strange.
“Kissimmee Sports Commission is excited to co-host one of the world’s largest college softball events here in Osceola County,” said John Poole, Executive Director of Kissimmee Sports Commission. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with a local event rights holder like THE Spring Games and bring talented athletes to experience our state-of-the-art softball facility and all our sunny destination has to offer.”
THE Spring Games will continue to operate at fields in Lake County and will be using the Osceola County Softball Complex for 21 of the 40 days of the event.
The Kissimmee Sports Commission is a brand extension of Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Fla. The Kissimmee Sports Commission pursues and attracts amateur sports, both traditional and nontraditional, plus a variety of high-profile sporting events to the Kissimmee destination. Sports tourism is responsible for bringing more than 300,000 visitors to the popular Central Florida destination annually, producing approximately 200,000 room nights and exceeding $100 million in economic impact to the community. For more information, visit KISSIMMEESPORTS.COM.