The Snohomish County (Washington) Sports Commission saw a considerable rebound in sports tourism in 2021 with an optimistic outlook for the year ahead.
The county north of Seattle reported that it hosted 110 sports events during 2021 that generated $14.3 million in visitor direct spending and generated an estimated 11,900 room nights. The events attracted nearly 75,000 people to the region.
“The rebound in sports events in 2021 showcases Snohomish County as a premier sports destination,” said Tammy Dunn, Snohomish County Sports Commission executive director. “Our partnerships with the local sports organizations, community and venues provided an opportunity for us to host sports events again. We are excited about the number of sports events that are lined up for 2022.”
Annual sports tournaments that returned included Harvey Cup Boys Lacrosse, the Ice Fest Skating Competition, NSA of Washington Fastpitch tournaments, the Snohomish Bigfoot Soccer Tournament, Cascade Cup Girls Lacrosse and Spartan Race Trifecta.
The also attracted new events including the USTA PNW Adult 55 & Over Section Championship, the USTA PNW Mixed 18 & Over Section Championship, the US Club Soccer Northwest Cup Regional, the USA Archery Field Nationals, the Monroe Criterium, the Spikeball National Tour and the USA Gymnastics XCEL Gold/Platinum/Diamond State Championship.
The area also see growth in participation in sports such as cornhole, pickleball and disc golf.
The area also has several events lined up for 2022, including:
- NWAC Men & Women Basketball Championship, Everett Community College, March 17-20, 26-27
- Lake Stevens Rowing Regatta, North Cove Park, Lake Stevens, April 23-24
- Washington State Wrestling Association Freestyle & Greco Roman State Championship, Gary D. Weikel Event Center, Monroe, May 7-8
- Spikeball National Tour, May 14-15
- Harvey Cup Boys Lacrosse, Harvey Fields, Snohomish, June 3-5
- Ice Fest Skating Competition, Olympic View Arena, Mountlake Terrace, June 2-5
- ACL Pro Shootout & Open Series, Angel Of The Winds Arena, June 24-26
- US Club Soccer Northwest Cup Regional, Stocker Fields, June 24-27
- TriMonroe Triathlon, Lake Tye Triathlon, Monroe, July 16
- Kayak Point Open Disc Golf Tournament, Kayak Point Disc Golf Resort, July 16-17
- US Trail Running Conference, Rosehill Community Center, October 19-22