With everything from pro to amateur play, as well as the world’s finest athletic training and world-class facilities for an astounding array of sports events, it’s no wonder the Bradenton, Florida, area is recognized as one of the state’s best locations for sports events. It’s home to the world-renowned IMG Academy, winter home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and home to Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. But beyond the superb facilities and excellent training programs, it offers the perfect location to relax and focus in one of Florida’s top vacation destinations. The area’s sun-bleached offshore islands have turquoise waters and some of the whitest, powder-soft beaches in America. Stroll a seaside village and enjoy its shops, cafes and art studios. There’s even more on the mainland, where you’ll find hundreds of experiences ranging from intriguing cultural opportunities to superb shopping and dining, with many restaurants specializing in team dining. Just out of town, the fun ranges from exciting eco-adventures—including tours of area farms and wineries and the state’s newest zip-line park—to the thrill of kart racing on a pro course. We’re eager to host your next event and ready to make it your best ever. Learn more now at bradentongulfislands.com.
"We are delighted to host the 19th annual Spring Fling women’s lacrosse event this year in Manatee County at the G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. Spring Fling has serviced more than 15,000 prep and collegiate women’s lacrosse players nationwide in its history, and has moved to the west coast of Florida in an effort to offer teams a more comprehensive choice of airports, housing and recreational options. In particular, the spectacular beaches of Manatee County play a large role in offering the players a pleasant respite from the intense training and playing of full-scale NCAA games. Spring Fling staff and its parent company, North American Sports Group, wish to express appreciation to Manatee County Parks and Recreation as well as the Bradenton Area Sports Commission for their outstanding support of the event. The area is perfectly suited to events such as Spring Fling.” –Gene DeLorenzo, NA Sports Group