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Pirates, Pens & Steelers Not Only Teams that Attract Tourists

Amateur sports events, meetings and conventions added $236 million to the local economy, according to VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

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Sports continues to be a big draw for Pittsburgh, not just for the professional teams that call the city home but also for the sporting events the city is hosting. This month the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships brought more than 100,000 attendees to Pittsburgh, according to VisitPittsburgh, and the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships will come to the city in 2021.

In 2018, VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, booked 555 meetings, conventions and sports events worth an estimated direct spending of $236 million, the agency reported at its annual meeting at Rivers Casino Thursday.

“Working together as a community helps us provide visitors with an authentic and memorable experience,” says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.

The 494 meetings, conventions and sports events that were hosted attracted more than 413,000 attendees, which contributed $227.9 million in direct spending to the local economy, according to VisitPittsburgh.

SportsPittsburgh, the agency’s sports development arm, booked other noteworthy events in 2018: 2019 East Coast Volleyball Championships, Atlantic Coast Baseball 2019 Cap Classic and Hoop Group 2019 Pittsburgh Jam Fest.

VisitPittsbugh also presented a video recap of its efforts in 2018.

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