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Winnipeg has gone from being the centre of the continent, to the centre of everyone’s attention as a top-tier sport tourism destination.

Find out why Lonely Planet has named Manitoba one of their top 10 regions in their Best in Travel 2019 list, while National Geographic has listed The Peg as “one of the best trips on earth.

Let your athletes experience the joy of polar bears swimming overhead while relaxing after their championship. Take an interactive journey through humanity’s struggles and triumphs at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, then head over to the charming Exchange District with its handsome architecture and hip restaurants.

At the heart of the city, the Forks is the place for teams to gather pre or post competition. Winnipeg’s meeting place has an incredibly unique public market along with seasonal scenic boat trips and the world’s most stylish skating trail during the winter along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Winnipeg’s rich arts and cultural scene such as performances from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre enchant, while so much of the city is awash with gorgeous parks and elm-canopied neighbourhoods. Sports fans will feel the thrill while cheering on the NHL Winnipeg Jets, CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers, American Association of Independent Professional Baseball team, the Winnipeg Goldeyes and our newest Canadian professional soccer club, Valour FC.

As we head into 2020, Winnipeg has a number of exciting events on the horizon including our Manitoba 150 Celebrations, as well as the anticipated opening of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s $65-million Inuit Art Centre – which will house the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art.

A winning track record hosting sporting events

Winnipeg is a proven destination when it comes to hosting world-class sporting events. We’ve recently hosted major events such as the Grey Cup, the NHL Heritage Classic, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the incredibly successful Canada Summer Games, which exceeded attendance expectations. For the gold medal baseball game alone, there were about 7,000 spectators making it the largest crowd ever to watch an under-17 game in the country.

Major sporting event highlights for 2020 will include the Canadian Transplant Games, a multi-sport event with over 500 participants. This is the premier athletic celebration of sport for transplant recipients from across the country.

Additionally, we look forward to seeing an annual tennis event, the National Bank Challenger, which in their 2019 event drew athlete and US Open Champion, Bianca Andreescu. The future looks bright for our sport community with the 2021 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships bringing over 500 athletes to our city and the 2023 World Police & Fire Games expected to bring over 8,000 anticipated participants – the largest multi-sport event to ever be hosted in Winnipeg. 

Our full sporting events hosting list can be found here: https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/sport-tourism/track-record

Great location

Our central location equates to short flight times from either coast, while 60 direct flight destinations are serviced by the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

The airport is only 15 minutes from downtown, while the surrounding area features excellent hotels along with shopping at CF Polo Park and Outlet Collection Winnipeg.

Sports Facilities

Winnipeg provides sport facilities for year-round recreation ranging from outdoor competitions such as ultimate disc sports and cricket games to indoor sports including curling, swimming and gymnastics.

At a glance there is:

  • University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg – both feature indoor soccer complexes, basketball/volleyball courts, and various outdoor fields.
  • The Pan-Am Pool - hosted the 1967 and 1999 Pan Am Games, and recently the 2019 Canadian Swimming Championships.  In 2018, the facility underwent over $2.6 million in renovations.
  • Bell MTS Iceplex – offers four NHL-sized ice sheets, a high-performance off-ice training facility, conference rooms and much more
  • Shaw Park – located in downtown Winnipeg and built to meet all standards for AAA professional baseball, the field is home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • The 2017 Canada Summer Games left a legacy on Winnipeg's sport. Upgrades to infrastructure includes the opening of the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre. This state-of-the-art training athletic training centre houses a track, multiple courts, sport medicine centre, training and workshop spaces, and more. Other developments as a result of the Games include upgrades and new facilities such as: University Stadium at University of Manitoba, Sargent Park Beach Volleyball Centre and Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course.
  • Buhler Recreation Park – features nine baseball diamonds, and four soccer/football pitches.
  • IG Field – home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Valour FC, University of Manitoba Bison football and soccer, and was the exclusive venue for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Get us working for you!

We assist in everything from:

  • Writing bid proposals
  • Accommodation and venue options
  • Recommending suppliers
  • Site visits
  • Marketing services
  • Financial incentives

Come game time Winnipeg is always a winner.

Please contact Annie to host your next sport or special event in Winnipeg:

Annie Henry
Manager, Business Development 
204.954.1990
annie@tourismwinnipeg.com

 


 

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