Pasco’s sports tourism service. seeks to take advantage of the events of 2022


WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla .– Fencing may not be a sport you hear a lot about. But Carlos Kuri said the event he sparked could bring around 3,000 people to Pasco County in February.

“I want to make Tampa the fencing capital of the country. And I’m going to bring them there and with the support that we have from the AAU; it’s going to be huge, ”said Kuri, president of the Fencing League of America.

Kuri worked with the Sword Masters Club to make the sport more accessible to young people, so he started a tournament in Orlando.

But after seeing the Pasco County facilities, including the Wiregrass Ranch sports campus, he moves the event here. He is expecting up to 800 shooters as well as thousands of family and friends who will come as well.

“I was shocked at how organized and serious this push for sports was. I even told my wife that the streets had sports names. It’s great. It’s like a sports city. “said Kuri.

Experience Florida Sports Coast said one in six visitors to Pasco County last year came for a sporting event, with many more events planned for the coming months, including karate, gymnastics, hockey. and figure skating at the Center Ice facility. Plus, there’s also the return of the basketball combine for the NBA prospects.

“We are doing something good. The word is out. The superb facilities. The great destinations we have here in Pasco, ”said Adam Thomas, president of Experience Florida’s Sports Coast.

Experience Florida’s Sports Coast said the sporting events attracted 52,000 visitors last year and with them an economic impact of $ 21 million.


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