Ten-Year Partnership Agreement with Visit Anaheim Will Bring the World’s Largest Gathering of Sports-Event Organizers to Southern California


Northstar Meetings Group today announced that the TEAMS ’19 and TEAMS ’24 Conference & Expo will be held in Anaheim, California. The announcement is the result of a 10-year partnership agreement with Visit Anaheim, which will increase Anaheim’s visibility in the sports-related group travel market served by TEAMS during the coming decade. Visit Anaheim will showcase key facets of the destination’s $6 billion investment in venues and attractions during TEAMS, which will be held November 11–14, 2019.

“We’re a city built on imagination, possibility and creativity,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of Visit Anaheim. “That spirit is inspiring a new cast of uncommon characters and unleashing a fresh wave of sights, sounds, flavors and fun across our landscape that we’re excited for the sports-event industry to experience during TEAMS ’19 in Anaheim.”

Attendees at TEAMS ’19—including the gatekeepers to the 88 million room nights and $31 billion in direct spending generated by sports-related travel annually—will convene at the Anaheim Convention Center. Already the West Coast’s largest convention center, ACC opened an additional 200,000 square feet of meeting space last year and is regularly attracting multi-year commitments from event organizers.

“The TEAMS Conference & Expo is an event built on long-term partnerships,” said Timothy Schneider, founder of the TEAMS Conference and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, which organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo. “Visit Anaheim’s 10-year commitment to growing the sports-event industry and hosting TEAMS ’19 and TEAMS ’24 demonstrates why sports organizations should put Anaheim at the top of the list when selecting a destination for their events.”

The TEAMS Conference & Expo serves as the exclusive home of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s SportsLink and NGB Best Practices Seminars. The co-location of Olympic SportsLink with TEAMS helps assure the participation of chief executives and event directors from all 50 Summer and Winter Olympic sports governing bodies, 25 Paralympic sports and 38 multi-sport organizations. All told, these organizations represent nearly 90 million members and participants in the United States.

Other co-location partners of TEAMS include the National Congress of State Games and the Geneva-based Sport Integrity Global Alliance. Northstar also produces the EsportsTravel Summit and a Sports Betting Forum in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo.

Representatives of Visit Anaheim and Sports Anaheim will travel to TEAMS ’18, October 1–4, in Louisville to invite attendees to Anaheim for TEAMS ’19. Sports Anaheim is the division of Visit Anaheim that works to attract local, national and international sporting events to the destination. In addition to being the home of MLB’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim® and the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks®, Anaheim has established a reputation of excellence in hosting a variety of events including the USA Fencing North American Cup and the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Championships.