Displaying items tagged: West Michigan Sports Commission

Monday, 23 January 2023 12:54

West Michigan Sports Commission reports record year for events, visitor spending

The West Michigan Sports Commission experienced its most successful year to date in 2022 as it generated $90.5 million in direct visitor spending during a record number of events.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 17:36

Housing loan fund, public amenities among 21 projects recommended for share of Kent County stimulus funding

Kent County staff have narrowed down more than 300 requests for federal stimulus funding to 21 projects that involve housing, public amenities, support for underrepresented communities, and social programs.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 25 October 2022 15:23

Meijer Sports Complex plans $11M expansion as sports tourism exceeds pre-pandemic levels

PLAINFIELD TWP. — Eight years after opening the Meijer Sports Complex, the West Michigan Sports Commission is embarking on an $11 million capital campaign to expand the Rockford area facility with more fields and amenities.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 30 January 2022 20:39

Economic impact of amateur, youth sports recovers to pre-pandemic levels

Amateur and youth sporting events recovered last year to generate a $55.5 million economic impact in West Michigan, an amount that was more than triple the prior year as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 October 2021 17:15

Griffins, Gold gear up for new seasons after 18-month pandemic setback

Tim Gortsema refers to last year’s American Hockey League season as “the stubby season.”

Published in Talent
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 15:58

Rockford-area fields rebrand as Meijer Sports Complex under new corporate sponsorship

PLAINFIELD TWP. — The West Michigan Sports Complex has been rebranded as the Meijer Sports Complex under a new corporate sponsorship between the company and the West Michigan Sports Commission.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 15:14

West Michigan Sports Commission documents 2020 decline in sports tourism, though officials are optimistic

West Michigan experienced a 54.5-percent drop in sports events during the pandemic last year, which led to a 76.1-percent decrease in visitor spending compared to a banner 2019, according to a new report.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 December 2020 16:40

Pandemic slows momentum for West Michigan sports tourism

Other than professional and high-level college sports, most athletic competition was sidelined on and off throughout the year, yet another industry casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has made life tough for the West Michigan Sports Commission, which focuses on marketing West Michigan as a sports tourism destination. Since March, the commission saw 71 sports events canceled because of COVID-19, equating to 32,242 lost hotel room nights. WMSC President Mike Guswiler reflects on what this does for his organization and when we might see sports return in full force to West Michigan.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 July 2020 14:57

West Mich. Sports Commission manages through cancellations, lost visitor spending

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Sports Commission took measures to create a safer work environment at its office, which was newly opened in November of last year before the springtime COVID-19 pandemic sent staff home to work remotely.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 January 2017 10:55

Winners and finalists announced in 2017 MiBiz Best-Managed Nonprofits Awards

While for-profit businesses get the bulk of the credit for West Michigan’s economic success, the role that local nonprofits play in the community’s health, wealth and wellbeing often goes under-reported and unrecognized. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:35

Room for More? West Michigan execs call for new hotel capacity

More than 12,000 amateur athletes and their traveling companions from around the Great Lakes will descend on greater Grand Rapids next summer when the region hosts the State Games of America.