Amateur and Professional Sporting Events Anticipated to Jumpstart the Recovery of Orange County’s Tourism Industry


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2021) ― Orange County Sports Commission (OCSC), a countywide coalition of destination marketing organizations and community partners united to book and promote sporting events, today announced it has confirmed 16 sports events for 2021 anticipated to draw more than 155,000 attendees and bring $53 million in economic impact to the local community.

Notably, 11 of the 16 confirmed events for 2021 were booked since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 proving the outlook for hosting amateur and professional sporting events in Orange County, Calif. remains strong.

“Our team continues to work efficiently to bring new events to the destination and remains focused on supporting our local tourism industry in its recovery efforts both now and later,” said Jay Burress, OCSC President. “For 2021, we hope these confirmed sports events will help jumpstart our economy and make it possible for local hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses to start rehiring their workforce.”

Since March 2020, despite deep staff cuts, a total of 22 sports events have been confirmed by OCSC for future years in Orange County, which combined have a projected economic impact of more than $60 million.

“OCSC has enabled our region to usher in a new era of opportunity and unity for sporting events in Orange County,” said Tim Ryan, OCSC Chairman. “This Commission is allowing Orange County to emerge as a premier sports destination and is paving the way to capitalize on the number of different world-class venues in the area.”

Some of the confirmed sports events for Orange County this year include United Spirit Association’s Varsity Spirit & Dance Nationals, USA Curling’s Curling Night in America, ESPN Event’s Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament, and USA Curling’s Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials.

With the State of California’s recent release of reopening guidelines for outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sports, OCSC remains steadfast in its efforts to continue to attract and book regional, national and international business.

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Visit Anaheim Contact:
Lindsay Swanson, Communications Manager
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About Orange County Sports Commission: Orange County Sports Commission (OCSC), a division of Visit Anaheim, aims to solicit, promote and enhance sporting events to create a positive economic impact and improve the quality of life for the community. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the OCSC is comprised of a collection of destinations including Visit Anaheim, Travel Costa Mesa, Visit Huntington Beach, Destination Irvine, and Visit Laguna Beach. To learn more about OCSC, visit: