It’s a Jam-Packed Summer for Sports Tourism in Chesterfield County

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA —  This summer, Chesterfield will play home to about a dozen sports tournaments and events, drawing thousands of athletes to compete at River City Sportsplex, the Collegiate School Aquatics Center, Harry Daniel Park at Ironbridge and Clover Hill Athletic Complex.

 

Several of the tournaments Chesterfield will host are back for the third, sixth or even 15th time as tournament organizers continue to recognize the county as an ideal location to host large events. Last year, sports tourism generated $38.6 million of visitor spending for the local economy. Some 24,000 out-of-town visitors are expected to come to Chesterfield for a sports tourism event in June alone.

 

This weekend, Chesterfield will play host to two events: the GOAT USA Summer Rumble, a boys lacrosse event at River City Sportsplex; and the Virginia Boat Club Sprints Regatta at Robious Landing Park, which will see about 96 entries representing 20 clubs, including rowers from Sportable.




 

“Chesterfield is the place to be for sports this summer,” said Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator for Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation. “We have a jam-packed schedule this month with two unique events taking place this weekend: the Summer Rumble and Virginia Boat Club Sprints Regatta. The Summer Rumble is now a US Lacrosse Nationals sanctioned qualifier event, which ups the ante for players and coaches. The sprints regatta includes an adaptive division which allows athletes from Sportable the opportunity to compete in the event.”

 

Come check out any of the events planned for this summer:

 

 

 

GOAT USA Summer Rumble

What:              The GOAT USA Summer Rumble is the second of five events Corrigan Sports Enterprises will bring to Chesterfield County and features boys lacrosse players from fourth grade to high school seniors. The event expects to see 66 teams, 25 college coaches, and up to 5,000 attendees make their way to Chesterfield for the weekend event at River City Sportsplex.

When:             Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10

                        Game schedule will be released prior to the event

Where:            River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian

Information:   Five local organizations are planning to compete in the event: Fusion VA, Richmond Hawks, Venom Lacrosse, VA Roughriders and 804 Lacrosse. New in 2018- this event is now a US Lacrosse Nationals sanctioned qualifier event.
Event website: http://www.cselax.com/summer-rumble/

Contact:         Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

                        Danielle Vincenti, senior sports development manager, Richmond Region Tourism, 783-7422 or dvincenti@visitrichmondva.com

 




 

Virginia Boat Club Sprints Regatta

What:              The 15th annual Virginia Boat Club Sprints Regatta will take place at Robious Landing Park and include an open, masters, and adaptive division in the daylong event. The scenic river venue on the James River will see roughly 20 clubs race along the 1,000-meter course.

When:             Saturday, June 9

Event schedule: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/events/?job_id=5695&org_id=0

Where:            Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian

Information:   Last year’s event had 325 participants take part in the crew event including rowers from the Richmond-based nonprofit- Sportable. Sportable helps provide adaptive sport opportunities as well as transform the lives of people with physical and visible disabilities through sport.

Event website: https://vbcsprintsregatta.com/

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

 

 

IWLCA Champions Cup

What:              The second-largest sports tourism event in the county and one of the premier girl’s lacrosse recruiting events in the country returns for its 6th year. The three-day event, hosted by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Associate and run by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, showcases just over 350 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada in one of two major recruiting tournaments that will take place in Chesterfield County.

When:             Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

Event schedule: https://admin.tourneymachine.com/Public/Results/Tournament.aspx?IDTournament=h2018022115233768920c7200536e644

Where:            River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian

Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Rd, Moseley

Information:   This year’s event expects to welcome over 14,000 visitors to Chesterfield County for the three-day event. Included in this number are roughly 350 NCAA women’s lacrosse coaches who’ll be in attendance looking for their next top recruit.

Event website: http://www.championscuplax.com/

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

                        Danielle Vincenti, senior sports development manager, Richmond Region Tourism, 783-7422 or dvincenti@visitrichmondva.com

 

 

Kings Challenge Lacrosse

What:              The Kings Challenge Lacrosse tournament returns to River City Sportsplex for a third year in an event that will showcase youth lacrosse players in six different age brackets: U9, U11, U13, U15, JV, and Varsity. This event is returning for a third year and expects to see 80 teams make their way to the county for the two-day tournament which will be a qualifying event for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions which is the national championship for high school age club lacrosse teams.

When:             Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24

Game schedule will be released prior to the event

Where:            River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian

Information:   Event website: http://www.triballacrosse2.com/

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

                       

 

Robious Landing Triathlon

What:              The 12th annual Robious Landing Triathlon (formerly known as the I Love the Tavern Triathlon) will take place at Robious Landing Park and is considered the best first timer’s open water sprint tri. Racers get to experience many aspects of the park through the downstream 650-meter swim, 18.8 mile “L” shaped bike course, and finishing with the 5K run that is 70 percent trail and parallels the river in many parts.

When:             Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 am

Where:            Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian

Information:   This year’s event expects to welcome approximately 500 racers to Robious Landing Park with up to 1,000 spectators also in attendance. The race will benefit the Cameron K Gallagher Foundation and SpeakUp 5K in hopes of fulfilling Cameron’s dream and legacy by being a positive force that works to cultivate awareness and understanding to teenage depression and anxiety. More information on the cause can be found here: http://www.ckgfoundation.org/

Event website: http://www.gotoelevenracing.com/race-calendar/robious-landing-triathlon.aspx

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

 

 

Queen of the Hill

What:              The Queen of the Hill softball tournament is an annual tradition that brings together teams from along the East Coast to compete for the chance to qualify for the SoftballNation Fast Pitch Nationals held July 19-22. This July 4th weekend event expects to see 80 teams ranging from 10u-18u and is sure to bring some competitive action.

When:             Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 8

Where:            Harry Daniel Park at Ironbridge, 6600 Whitepine Road, Chesterfield

Information:   Website: https://www.sportsnation.org/event/show/400445950

Contacts:       Butch Tiller, president, SoftballNation, 378-2285 or tilcomm@aol.com

Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

 

 

IWLCA Capital Cup

What:              The premier girl’s lacrosse recruiting event in the country will return to Chesterfield County for its 8th year. The three-day event, hosted by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Associate and run by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, showcases just over 350 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada in one of two major recruiting tournaments that will take place in Chesterfield County this summer.

When:             Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

Where:            River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian

Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Rd, Moseley

Information:   This year’s event expects to welcome over 14,000 visitors to Chesterfield County for the three-day event. Included in this number are roughly 350 NCAA women’s lacrosse coaches who’ll be in attendance looking for their next top recruit. Chesterfield is the only location in the U.S. to host two IWLCA National College recruiting events.

Website: http://www.iwlcalax.com/tournaments/capital-cup/

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

                        Danielle Vincenti, senior sports development manager, Richmond Region Tourism, 783-7422 or dvincenti@visitrichmondva.com

                       

 

Fast Pitch Nationals

What:              The 2018 Fast Pitch Nationals is the premier softball tournament of the year for SoftballNation. Teams must qualify for this event which starts with pool play that feeds into double-elimination format. Attending teams ranging from 10u- 23u will venture from along the southeast compete for the championship title.

When:             Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22

Where:            Harry Daniel Park at Ironbridge, 6600 Whitepine Road, Chesterfield
Information:   Website: https://www.sportsnation.org/fpnationals18

Contacts:       Butch Tiller, president, SoftballNation, 378-2285 or tilcomm@aol.com

Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, bonifasd@chesterfield.gov or 796-7045

 

 

Bronco U11 World Series

What:              Chesterfield County will play host to the Bronco U11 World Series which will see 8 teams from around the world compete for a U11 Championship. This annual event run by the Chesterfield Baseball Clubs includes group play for the first three days and concludes with the semifinals and championship game on Sunday.

When:             Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30

Where:            Harry Daniel Park at Ironbridge, 6600 Whitepine Road, Chesterfield (Fields 12 and 13)

Information:   Opening ceremonies will be held Friday, July 27 at 4:30 pm at Harry Daniel Park at Ironbridge- field 12 with Chesterfield County Board of Supervisor representative Mr. Jim Holland throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the first game taking place at 5:30 pm.

Website: http://www.pony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1059423

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Contacts:       Blake Eller, Chesterfield Baseball Club, 357-6968 or president@cbcbaseball.org

Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

 

 

USA Swimming Eastern Zones Long Course Age Group Championships

What:              The end-of-season long course championship meet will take place at SwimRVA August 9-12. Just over 1,000 swimmers from the Eastern Zone region, ranging in age from 9 to 18, will compete over four days. The Eastern Zone region is made of up 11 different Local Swimming Committees (LSC) from Maine to Virginia. All athletes will have to meet qualifying times in the months leading up to this event in order to compete against top swimmers within the Eastern Zone.

When:             Wednesday, August 9 – Saturday, August 12

Where:            Collegiate School Aquatics Center, 5050 Ridgedale Pkwy, Chesterfield

Information:   Website: http://www.easternzoneswimming.org/meets.html

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

                        Danielle Vincenti, senior sports development manager, Richmond Region Tourism, 783-7422 or dvincenti@visitrichmondva.com

 

 

USA Swimming Futures Championships

What:              SwimRVA will play host to the Futures Championships August 2-5 for the first time in the facility’s history. Sanctioned by USA Swimming, Futures Championships are open to male and female youth swimmers who have achieved published time standards in one or more events. There are four Futures Championships taking place during the dates of August 2-5, across the United States. In addition to SwimRVA, Championships will take place in Cary, NC, Rochester, MN and Santa Clara, CA. Organizers are expecting 700 swimmers in Chesterfield County who will be traveling from 13 states from Maine to Virginia.

When:             Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5

Where:            Collegiate School Aquatics Center, 5050 Ridgedale Pkwy, Chesterfield

Information:   Website: https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/event-pages/event-detail/2018/08/02/default-calendar/future-championships-richmond-va

Contacts:       Danny Bonifas, sports tourism coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or bonifasd@chesterfield.gov

                        Danielle Vincenti, senior sports development manager, Richmond Region Tourism, 783-7422 or dvincenti@visitrichmondva.com

 

 

 

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