Two Tulsa Sports Events Nationally Recognized

Two Tulsa Sports Commission events, the 2020 Big 12 Wrestling Championship and the 2020 USA BMX Grand Nationals, were named Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. 
Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, unveiled the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Champions of Economic Impact Awards in Sports Tourism Presented by Traveling Teams. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing a more-than-welcome boost of over $400 million to the national economy over the past two years. 
 The following are quotes from participating organizations:

Big 12 Conference 
“We appreciate the effort and coordination among all our partners in being able to stage the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship,” said Bob Burda, senior associate commissioner for communications. “It took an extraordinary team effort to safely achieve the level of success and impact made during such a difficult time.”
 
USA BMX 
“After the meticulous planning and painstaking details it took to host a safe and worthy event for BMX sports in 2021, it truly is an honor to be recognized as a champion,” said Shane Fernandez, president and chairman of USA BMX, “Afterall, that was our goal. To champion for everyone who entrusts us to deliver what many call the Greatest Race on Earth no matter the challenge. And expect nothing less in 2022, as we unveil our Tulsa-based headquarters and Hall of Fame.” 

Tulsa Regional Tourism 
“Receiving multiple awards of this caliber reflects the tremendous work the Tulsa Sports Commission has been doing over the last decade,” said Ray Hoyt, president of Tulsa Regional Tourism. “Dual national recognition reinforces to event planners that Tulsa is one of the best destinations in the country to host a sporting event, a major goal of Tulsa Regional Tourism. As our momentum continues to bring in even larger events, more and more people will come to Tulsa and experience what our unique city has to offer.” 

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