Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the TEAMS ’20 Conference & Expo will be held in Houston, October 19–22, 2020. It will be the second time that America’s fourth-largest city has hosted TEAMS, the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers.
“Houston has become a major player on the national sports scene having hosted two Super Bowls, two Final Fours and three NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals since the TEAMS Conference was last held here in 2004,” said Janis Burke, chief executive officer of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA). “Hosting TEAMS ’20 will allow us to once again showcase all that makes Houston and Harris County such a tremendous destination for sporting events.”
Attendees at TEAMS ’20—including the gatekeepers to the 88 million room nights and $31 billion in direct spending generated by sports-related travel annually—will convene at the George R. Brown Convention Center. At 1.2 million square feet, the George R. Brown Convention Center is one the largest convention centers in the nation and anchors the Avenida Houston district. Flanked by the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, and Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, the George R. Brown Convention Center is the centerpiece of one of the great sports-related travel districts in the United States.
“Houston is the perfect host city for the TEAMS Conference & Expo and we’re excited to be returning in 2020,” said Timothy Schneider, founder of the TEAMS Conference and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, which organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo. “Houston’s outstanding facilities and world-class reputation for hosting sporting events make it a natural choice for event organizers.”
In 2020, in addition to the TEAMS Conference & Expo, Houston will host the NCAA Men’s Basketball South Regional Finals in March, the UCI BMX World Championships in May and the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship in June. The 2021 World Table Tennis Championships, the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four and the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship are also slated for Houston and the HCHSA is leading the effort to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the city as well.
The TEAMS Conference & Expo serves as the exclusive home of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s SportsLink and NGB Best Practices Seminars. The co-location of Olympic SportsLink with TEAMS helps assure the participation of chief executives and event directors from all 50 summer and winter Olympic sports governing bodies, 25 Paralympic sports and 38 multisport organizations. All told, these organizations represent nearly 90 million members and participants in the United States.
The National Congress of State Games also co-locates its Annual Symposium with TEAMS.
TEAMS ’19 will be held November 11-14 in Anaheim.