Lawrence, KS, August 22, 2016– Just as the 2016 USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento, CA came to an end on July 31, Lawrence hotels began filling up with teams for the July 24-30, 2017 event which will be hosted at Lawrence’s Rock Chalk Park. A Junior Olympics accommodation page was live on UnmistakablyLawrence.com before the conclusion of the 2016 event to make information available to coaches and athlete’s families by the time they were ready to book. (https://unmistakablylawrence.com/explore/junior-olympics-accommodations/). Up to 10,000 of the nation’s top track and field athletes between the ages of 7 and 18 will compete in the 2017 event in Lawrence.
“eXplore Lawrence has been working with Lawrence lodging establishments and Convention & Visitors Bureaus in surrounding communities to be prepared for the high demand for rooms,” said Bob Sanner, Sports Director, eXplore Lawrence. “We knew that hotels would start getting reservations a year ahead of the event, and we’re proud to say it’s been a smooth process because eXplore Lawrence and the hotels were ready.”
Bob Sanner and a team of 2017 USATF Junior Olympics organizers attended the 2016 event in Sacramento, which drew nearly 7,500 athletes. During the visit, the Lawrence team was exposed to all of the ins-and-outs of operating the event.
“Attending the 2016 event was essential as we prepare to host in 2017,” Sanner said. “We were able to see what worked, and what areas need improvement. I wasn’t there to simply observe the meet, it was a hands-on experience before, during and after the event.”
USATF Junior Olympics meet director, Robin Brown-Beamon, and other officials will be visiting Lawrence September 12-14. Brown-Beamon along with members of the security and branding and marketing teams will scope out Rock Chalk Park and meet with key Lawrence officials during the visit.
“This is a key step in the preparation for the event,” Sanner said. “The opportunity to bring together USATF officials and local organizers and stakeholders at the event site is important. A lot of planning goes into making this a successful event. Early collaboration and communication will help Lawrence meet its goal of making the 2017 event the best ever.”
The USATF Junior Olympics will bring more than 9,500 athletes and an estimated minimum of 33,000 family members and spectators to Lawrence and the surrounding areas of northeast Kansas for a seven-day stretch. The economic impact reported by former host cities has ranged from $17 million to 22 million dollars.
eXplore Lawrence represents the travel and tourism for Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. We are dedicated to creating economic development by attracting visitors, conventions and events to our city.
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