Where Business Gets Done

Connect Sports brings together the most active right holders, planners, suppliers and experts across the sports tourism industry. Make valuable connections and generate important future business leads to ensure tournaments, competitions and other events create a lasting experience for athletes and spectators. This is the industry’s largest sports tourism event.

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Huntington Place

Located downtown, Huntington Place is one of the premier convention venues in Detroit. As the 17th largest convention center in the U.S., it has over 2.4 million square feet of meeting space and a range of new developments on the way. Huntington Place recently finished a $279 million renovation, which has more than doubled the use of the facility. This includes the revamped, 40,000 square-foot Grand Riverview Ballroom and a wealth of technology updates. Innovation doesn’t end with the tech upgrades, however. Sustainability is a top priority for this LEED Gold Certified facility, for instance, it features a glass-enclosed concourse and three-story glass atrium that provides enough natural light to minimize lighting usage. When it comes to finding the perfect destination for your next business meeting or event, Huntington Place is forward thinking and equipped with everything you need.

Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Plan

The floor plan to the Connect Marketplace trade show is available online here. Thank you to our record number of exhibitors, who will make this show the biggest and best in Connect history.

PLANNERS

Planners interested in qualifying for and attending this event should click below.

SUPPLIERS

To register for Connect Sports, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

Traveling TeamsAGENDA OVERVIEW

Monday, Aug 8, 2022

2-5 p.m.

Regiception
Sponsored by Pure Michigan
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

2-5 p.m.

Trade Show Opens
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

6-9 p.m.

Opening Reception, Hosted by Visit Detroit

See what the Motor City has to offer in this uniquely Detroit experience to celebrate Connect and the events industry!

Tuesday, AUG. 9

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Trade Show Hours
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

11-11:25 a.m.

Sports Tourism Update
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

 

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show
Sponsored by Visit Walnut Creek

 

11:30 a.m.- Noon

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

1-1:45 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

3-5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

5-9 p.m.

Beach Party at Campus Martius Park
Sponsored by Visit Detroit

Enjoy a live DJ, lawn games, food trucks, and a cash bar!

5-9 p.m.

Open Night

Explore Detroit’s great culinary scene and attractions, or set-up private meetings with potential partners.

Wednesday,  Aug. 10

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite-Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Trade Show Hours
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show

1-2 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

1-1:45 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

4:30-6 p.m.

Closing Ceremonies
Sponsored by Meet Minneapolis, Hubilo, Visit Milwaukee, Meet Chicago Northwest and Visit Tampa Bay
Grand River Ballroom

Click here for a downloadable version of the agenda.

Women in Sports Tourism Agenda

The Women in Sports Tourism Summit occurs in Meeting Rooms 141 and 140C of Huntington Place.

Monday,  Aug. 8

9:15-10 a.m.

Keynote with Erika Swilley, Vice President, Community & Social Responsibility, Detroit Pistons

10:15-11 a.m.

Inspiring Creative Collaboration

Strengthen teamwork and embrace healthy collaboration through this game-based experience, focused on the power of celebration. When teams encourage innovation, laughter, and inspiration, success follows. Led by Elise Rodriguez of Game On Nation, participants will experience the value of building authentic connections and relying on shared experiences to help create a community that demonstrates the power of “I’ve got your back.”

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Round Tables

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

What They’re Saying

I have to say it was one of the BEST ones I’ve attended, and I’ve attended many. The team was amazing, and everything seemed to go so well. I have to say the sports track was really, really good. Overall, it was 10 out of 10 in my books. Good appointments, great location, and a team that blew me away

Tina Porter

Senior Sales Manager, Explore Asheville

OUR SPONSORS

Detroit
Pure Michigan
Sacramento
Visit Tampa Bay
Visit Milwaukee
Hubilo
Meet Minneapolis
Experience Grand Rapids
Discover Puerto Rico
Wichita
Traveling Teams
Kalahari
Great Wolf
Branson
reno tahoe
experience scottsdale
Shores and Islands ohio
Visit Lex
PEORIA
Community Brands
Little Rock
AAU
Groups 360
Varsity Brands
Visit Orlando
Stetson
Ontario
TOPGOLF
MGM
Arkansas TOurism
Allied
Visit San Antonio
Richmond
Knoxville
Traverse City Tourism
Chattanooga
Team ISSSI
Athletx
Visit The Woodlands
PMSI
Visit Myrtle Beach
HPN Global
Elevated Meetings Solutions
Cincy Region
Meetings Made Easy
Naperville
St. Charles
PC Nametag
Greensboro NC CVB
Oro
Panama City Beach
Display Group
https://www.visitfrisco.com/
Explore St. Louis
Houston
Experience Pr Georges
Irving
Chicago NW
Event Pipe
Allegiant Stadium
Team Travel Source
El Paso
Champaign County
St. Charles Business Alliance
Fort Worth
Visit Dallas
Clarity Experiences
Sports Wisconsin
Boston
Visit South Walton
New York State Hospitality & Tourism
Visit Plano
Galveston
ASM Global
Mobile
Graduate Hotels
Toledo
Myrtle Beach convention center
Sioux Falls
Cedar Rapids
Visit Savannah
Visit College Station
Oklahoma City
Choose Chicago
Charge Fuze
Louisiana Travel
Columbia
Topper Worldwide Transportation
Boise CVB
Pheedloop
Essential Bodywear
JabberYak
Bravura Technologies
Implecho
TCS Hockey
Connect Space
Avanti
UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center
Sketch and Etch
Quad Cities
BWH Hotel Group
Visit Loudoun
Amusement Masters
Walnut Creek
Discover Newport
Daytona Beach
Williamsburg
Hyatt
Lake Lanier CVB
innoVia Productions
Pixperience
Glisser
Crowne Plaza
IHG
Charlotte
Zagreb
Pinnacle
Travel Portland
Beaumont
Simpleview
Sodexo
interactive entertainment group
BrandIt Agency
Visit albuquerque
Cort Events
Amory Magician
Live Event Print
LGBT Meeting Professionals Association
Detroit Marriott Troy
Cloudtouch
Sonesta
Bandwago
Expedia Group Media Solutions
Threshold 360
Visit Mississippi
Vidionix
vFairs
Discover DuPage
NYC & Company
snackmagic
6CONNEX

Official Airline Partner

Delta

SPEAKERS

Merrill Cain

Merrill Cain, Team Penske and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear

Howard Handler

Howard Handler, 313 Presents

Jason Langwell

Jason Langwell, Rocket Mortgage Classic

PLANNERS

Planners interested in qualifying for or attending this event should click below

SUPPLIERS

To register for Connect Sports, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

Terms and Conditions: By registering for and attending the event I consent to and agree to abide by the terms, conditions and code of conduct posted here.

Connect Cancellation Policy: Connect requires registration to be paid in full to access any live event. Any special billing or payment arrangement must be made in writing and agreed upon between Connect management and the client seeking event access. Please see below for cancellation policy. Cancellations requested inside of 30 days to event date – Client forfeits 100% of registration fee. Cancellations requested 31-90 days prior to event date – Client forfeits 50% of registration fee and the remaining 50% can be used towards a new product purchase in the same calendar year. Cancellations requested over 90 days to the event date – Client may apply 100% of the registration fee to a new product purchase or service in the same calendar year.

Photo Release: Connect and its legal representatives and assigns, retain the right and permission to publish, without charge, photographs taken during this event. These photographs may be used in publications, including electronic publications, or in audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising, or in other similar ways.

Medical Release: With registration, the attendee agrees and acknowledges they are participating in the conference on their own free will. While Connect does its best to provide the safest possible environment for the events, the attendee acknowledges freely and knowingly that as a result of their registration and participation, they hereby assume responsibility for their own well-being and safety, releasing Connect of any harm.

Connect Southeast
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must be physically located in the Southeastern
    states
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect West
Nov. 9-10, San Francisco

  • Must be physically located in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and/or New Mexico
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Winter Marketplace
Nov. 28-29, Washington, DC

Connect DC

  • Must be a Corporate or Association Planner that is physically located in the DMV area
  • Third Parties are allowed with completed Trusted Planner Form
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Med | Tech

  • Must plan meetings or events that serve the Medical OR Technology industries
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • May be located anywhere in the United States
  • Must have the ability to source meetings nationally

Connect Pacific Northwest
Nov. 14-16, El Paso, TX

  • Must be physically located in Texas
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Pacific Northwest
Sept. 19-20, Boise, Idaho

  • Must be physically located in WA, OR, ID, Northern California or Vancouver
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally
  • Must demonstrate a solid 2-year event history

Connect Florida
Sept. 13-15, Kissimmee Florida

  • Corporate or national association planner based in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Faith
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must plan faith-based meetings & events
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Spring Marketplace
May 22-24, Puerto Rico
M
ore than 2,000 event professionals are expected for this industry leading event in Puerto Rico. Tracks include:

  • Association
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • Financial
    • Medical
    • Technology
      • Event must be able to rotate nationally
      • 50+ room nights on peak
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Citywides
      • At least 1,000 room rights with 100,000 square feet of exhibit space
    • Diversity
      • Planners for multicultural and inclusive organizations
      • Ability to rotate nationally
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Luxury & Incentive
      • Proven history using 5-star hotels and resorts for events
      • Ability to rotate nationally
    • Sports
      • Rights holders and event planners for tournaments/competitions that rotate nationally with at least 50 room nights on peak
      • LGBTQ+ Summit

Connect Marketplace
Aug. 8-10, Detroit
More than 4,000 event professionals are expected for Connect’s largest annual event.

  • Association
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Specialty
    • Planners of SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, and Fraternal) events
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Sports
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • Women in Sports Tourism Forum
  • BizBash
    • Must be a decision maker who is responsible for the procurement of event activations and experiences
    • Does NOT source meetings & events with hotels or CVBs
    • Third Parties and Intermediaries are not yet allowed to participate
    • If you are a Third Party/Intermediary, we encourage you to apply for the Connect track that is best suited for you