For your event in Virginia Beach, we bring our A-game. That means speed, agility, tenacity, heads-up play. We believe in getting the fundamentals right, so you can focus on your goals.
The City of Virginia Beach hosted the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) for the first time with the National Wrestling Championships at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in May of 2007. More than 1,500 wrestlers from across the nation hit the mats at the Convention Center for the first day of the NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships. The event will return for the next eight (8) years.
NHSCA was founded in 1989 and its national office is located in Easton Pennsylvania. The NHSCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and support to high school coaches and their programs. Sports that NHSCA produce include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling.
The first sand soccer event in Virginia Beach occurred in May 1994 when 26 youth and adult teams braved a blustery nor’easter to do battle on six fields in the “Beach Soccer Kickout”. The event, co-sponsored by Beach FC and the Virginia Beach Rotary Club, proved very successful and the good news about sand soccer in Virginia Beach began quickly spreading throughout the soccer community.
As Pro Beach Soccer expanded around the world, so did the North American Sand Soccer Championships, with over 750 teams competing on 50 fields in 2006. Included in the mix were nearly twenty states and a full range of festival amusements. A direct player/coach/fan population of 25,000 was associated with NASSC 2006.
Fun Facts about the North American Sand Soccer Championships:
Now in its 10th year, the Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon is a marquee running event that takes place on Labor Day Weekend. With a race field of 22,000 runners and a picturesque finish along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Oceanfront, the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon is a cornerstone of the Virginia Beach Sports Marketing event calendar. The course is flat and fast making it popular among athletes from around the country. A major, post-race, headline concert on the beach and a live band at each mile on the course keeps the pace rockin’ all the way to the finish line. Past headline performers include: Counting Crows, Live, Three Doors Down, Journey, Sugar Ray and Collective Soul.
The City of Virginia Beach and USA Field Hockey have a long-standing relationship of providing top quality events for athletes from around the world. From international events at the US Field Hockey National Training Center, located in Virginia Beach, to thousands of young players attending the National Indoor Tournaments in the Virginia Beach Convention Center, more than 5,000 US Field Hockey athletes call Virginia Beach home each year. For a complete listing of US Field Hockey events and more information on how to participate, log onto www.usfieldhockey.com
We have had: England, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Jamaica, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Spain, South Africa, with the women and the men have played Trinidad & Tobago.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
The City of Virginia Beach has been known nationally as a leader in the sports marketing industry for hosting sporting events. Our attention to detail, facilities, and partners are second to none! Not only are we known for producing sporting event but, since building the Virginia Beach Convention Center in 2007, we’ve received more and more opportunity to host national sporting conventions and sport specific annual conventions.
One of our most successful and well received Annual Meetings to date was the USA Track and Field Annual Meeting. Working with the USA Track and Field Staff was very exciting as the synergy and energy from both parties created an event experience for their members that were memorable and worthwhile. The City’s amenities, hotels, attractions and facility were all highlights for the members of USA Track and Field.
The event was held at the new Virginia Beach Convention Center with its 31,000 square foot ballroom, 150,000 square feet of exhibition space and 29,000 square feet of meeting space. The Convention Center, the staff of the Convention Center and Sports Marketing produced an event that we were all very proud of. The Virginia Beach Convention Center always shows its flexibility when hosting sporting events and this event was no exception.
The building’s partner, Center Plate, created a dining experience that rivals markets both similar in size and larger. Center Plate’s professional Chefs, managers, and servers provided an experience that left all who attended well fed and energized for the next day’s meetings. The technical staff ensured that the quality of the program(s) went well and there were no issues with the audio visual portion of the event(s).
Virginia Beach Sports Marketing considers hosting the USA Track and Field a great moment in our history. The event provided an avenue for our City to demonstrate the capabilities of the Convention Center and the staff of the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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