Rebel Spring Games Signs Long Term Agreement with Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing
Organization to Hold Collegiate Softball Spring Training in County for Next Ten Years
CCentral Florida’s Polk County Sports marketing announced today that it has come to a long-term agreement with the Rebel Spring Games organization to hold collegiate softball spring training games in Polk County beginning in March of 2014. More than 110 NCAA Division I, II, and III softball teams are expected to participate each spring with more than 500 games being held during the month-long series of games. The Auburndale Softball Complex and Winter Haven’s DiamondPlex will host all of the games played in the 2014 event, with the hopes of expanding into NAIA and Junior College division to increase the number of teams and facilities used as the event grows.
The Rebel Spring Games has a long history of success in Florida, and the organization has been in existence for 37 years and has experienced steady growth of the softball spring break event. The Agreement calls for the Rebel Spring Games to be held annually in Polk County through 2024 with the option of extending the agreement for up to an additional ten years, should both parties agree to extend the agreement.
On average each team will travel with 22 players and coaches and will stay in the area for more than 6 nights. In the first year the economic impact of the event is estimated to be $9 million. “Our long-term agreement with the Rebel Spring Games is a true win-win event for our region as it provides a great opportunity for Polk County to showcase the our natural beauty, attractions and area recreation opportunities to the players, coaches, parents and fans of more than 110 college softball teams from across the United States” said Mark Jackson, Director Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing. “The social and economic impact to the area will be widespread as the teams will have plenty of opportunities to step off the field of play and patronize local shops, grab a bite to eat in area restaurants and interact with local residents.”