Sixth Annual Collegiate Tournament Attracted Nearly 10,000 Participants and Attendees

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (June 05, 2014) – Today, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau released economic impact data for the 2014 Snowbird Baseball Classic held February 14 - March 22, 2014, at various Charlotte County (Florida) ballparks. Commissioned research suggests the collegiate tournament generated an estimated $5.9 million in direct expenditures.

With direct and indirect spending data combined, the overall economic impact is estimated at $9 million. This figure is based on 7,749 spectators; 1,826 athletes; and 417 coaches, officials and members of the media attending the event. The average length of stay per party was six nights.

The sixth annual tournament attracted 24 Division I and 24 Division III colleges and was played on the ball fields of Charlotte High School, North Charlotte Regional Park, and South County Regional Park. A double-header was played at the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, between Auburn University and Indiana State University and University of Connecticut and Ohio State University.

These estimated figures are based on research the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau commissioned Research Data Services, Inc., of Tampa, to conduct during the collegiate tournament.

The Snowbird Baseball Classic’s Southwest Florida climate and location are ideal for NCAA Division I and III baseball teams to begin the competitive season. Registrations are being accepted for the 7th Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic scheduled for Feb. 13 – April 1, 2015. Interested teams should contact Steve Partington, Tournament Director at (614) 306-5155 or Visit for additional information. 

Each year, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or eco-tourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit or call 1-800-652-6090.


Jennifer Huber
Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
(941) 743-1900

Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932