Experience Florida’s Sports Coast Wins Prestigious Sport Tourism Award

Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County wins Small Market Venue of the Year

PASCO COUNTY. FL- (December 14, 2021)- Experience Florida’s Sports Coast (FSC), the Destination Management Organization for Pasco County, has won Florida Sports Foundation’s Small Market Venue of the Year award for the contribution of the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County (WRSCPC) to Florida’s sports tourism industry.

This award was received at the 2021 Florida Sports Summit held November 8-10 at the Hammock Beach Resort on the Palm Coast.  The awards given by the Florida Sports Foundation recognize sports industry partners’ contributions to Florida’s $57.4 billion sports industry.

The WRSCPC opened its doors in August 2020 and has since hosted amateur events sanctioned by several National Governing Bodies such as USA Volleyball, USA Gymnastics, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball, AAU Volleyball, Florida High School Athletic Association, National Federation of State High School Associations, Florida Senior Games, Special Olympics, and U.S. Club Soccer.

Through those events and others hosted at both WRSCPC and other Sports Coast venues, the destination welcomed over 50,000 visitors coming in for sports tourism related events in the past year. Those visitors generated over 26,500 room nights with an estimated $27 million in local economic impact for the Pasco County community.

Conveniently located between two major international airports and minutes from one of Florida’s major thoroughfares, WRSCPC boasts two 35,500 square-foot multi-purpose courts featuring eight drop-down basketball hoops and 16 volleyball nets; a 5,000 square-foot indoor cheer zone with springboard floor; and two full-size, outdoor multi-purpose fields. WRSCPC not only offers a competitive setting for athletes from across the state, nation and world, it’s also a learning center to help local youth develop their skills and become strong competitors through strategic programming. It is the only venue of its kind in the Tampa Bay market.

The WRSCPC was developed as part of a private-public partnership between Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, the Destination Management Organization, and the Porter Family who generously donated the land the campus now sits on.

For more information, contact Tourism Communications Manager, Kolby Gayson at [email protected] or call ay 727.514.1675.

Access a complete multi-media library HERE, including 360 video, interior/exterior drone video of the entire campus, still photography and additional videography.

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About Florida’s Sports Coast

Paying homage to its sports roots, the destination’s new tagline, “Let’s Play!” celebrates the active traveler, adventurous family, avid angler and lively local in an approachable and spirited way. The destination has redefined the recreational retreat and serves up endless fun for adventure seekers. With 35 area parks, vibrant nature trails, thrilling zip line courses, hot air balloon outings, nearby islands with four artificial reefs, year-round recreational fishing, paddleboard and kayak trails, the options for exploration are unlimited.