By Amanda Ostuni
A Super Bowl, X Games, and more added up to a national win this week for Sports Minneapolis, the division of Meet Minneapolis tasked with bringing major sporting events to town. Sports Minneapolis was named Sports Commission of the Year by the nonprofit National Association of Sports Commission (NASC). The title was awarded during this week’s 2019 NASC symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” says Melvin Tennant, Sports Minneapolis executive director and president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis. “It’s important industry recognition for the significant work of our organization to solicit, secure and assist in executing events.” Tennant says in total, the organization has secured about 70 events for the future.
“These phenomenal events… elevate our community as a championship-caliber host region,” says Tennant. “Large and small sporting events help support tourism and hospitality workers and bring positive economic impact to the area.”