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Contact Convention services: 866-435-7425 or send us an email.
PLANNING A SUCCESSFUL EVENT
Minnesota Sports Starts In Bloomington
It would be hard to find a more ideal location for a sporting events or tournaments than Bloomington, Minnesota. Not only is the city centrally located within one of the top metropolitan areas in the United States, it's also located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Saint Paul and next to the International Airport. We are less than 1½ hours by air from anywhere in the Midwest and within 3½ hours by air from any American city. By car, we are within a day’s drive of over 40 million people. We invite you to see how we can help make your event hassle-free and memorable.
Passionate For Sports
Cheer all year in one of the few metro areas to have all major professional sports teams represented. In the “State of Hockey”, 18,000 loyal fans pack the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul to cheer on the Minnesota Wild. The Metrodome, connected to Bloomington via Light Rail, is home to the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. In 2010, the Twins moved into the new Target Field on the other side of downtown Minneapolis. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx tear up the courts at Target Center each season, and there is always Big Ten action at the University of Minnesota. With many other minor league and amateur sports action, the Twin Cities and Bloomington are definitely a sports-focused destination.
When you choose Bloomington, your teams will notice that you have selected a destination that they want to experience. Now more than ever, you need to choose to host your tournament in a location that is accessible, affordable and exciting for teams and their families.
For unique experiences that rival some of the country’s top locales, Bloomington provides a dynamic mix of first-class attractions, vibrant restaurants and elegant hotels. From an exhilarating walk in a wildlife refuge to a relaxing dinner at an exceptional restaurant, we’ve got you covered.
No visit to Bloomington would be complete without exploring Mall of America®, the country’s largest indoor retail and entertainment complex. 520 stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. 50 restaurants to satisfy every taste. Free parking, free shuttles, fabulous indoor entertainment and with no tax on clothing and shoes, make sure you leave a little extra room in your luggage for some great buys.
With so many exciting family friendly entertainment options, it’s easy to see how you can turn your tournament into a fun vacation for the entire family.
Let the BCVB help you build a customized booking website for your event establishing an impeccable level of personalized planner services. We provide housing services to groups that require two or more hotels and a room block of 250 or more.
We are dedicated to making your experience in Bloomington a success. When planning your meeting, the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau can provide services that make your job easier.
Experience the energy of Bloomington and variety of sporting venues offered in this Bloomington, Minnesota Sport Venues video.
If community involvement is essential to the success of your event, the Twin Cities is the place to be. Minnesota has hosted many regional and national events, and when volunteers are needed Minnesotans step up to the challenge.
The Twin Cities Metro is the 15th largest media market in the United States. Let our team connect you with the right media outlet to fit your needs and gain exposure for your event.
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The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau is eager and ready to make your event memorable and successful. Take a moment to look over our Destination Bloomington Visitor Guide and see for yourself what Bloomington, Minnesota has to offer.
PROMOTE YOUR EVENT
Convenient Promotion of Your Event
Book an event with a Bloomington hotel and we will create a customized Web page for your event. Then, your attendees can get details about the event online anytime, including location & time, accommodations, special rates, maps, and an event agenda.
How Does it Work?
- Book an event at one of Bloomington’s 38 hotels.
- Provide the Bloomington’s Convention Services with all the information for your event.
- The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau creates your customized Web page.
- Distribute an e-mail with the customized Web page link to your attendees.
- Attendees visit the selected hotels web page to reserve rooms.
Some Restrictions Apply.
Contact us for more information: 866-435-7425 or Email Us
Meet Our Sales Team
Todd Lehrke, Associate Director, Sports Development
Todd joined the Bloomington CVB in June of 2011 after working as an Account Executive for Marriott International. Todd has over 13 years of hospitality experience with various hotel brands in Bloomington and is in charge of attracting regional and national sports programs for Destination Bloomington - Home of Mall of America. Todd has an extensive knowledge of Bloomington hotels, the City of Bloomington and the metro area venues, and has great relationships with many national sports organizations. Outside of work, Todd plays soccer and hockey and makes Bloomington his home with his wife and daughter.
Send Todd an email or call: 952-278-8518.
Daniel S. O’Neill, Vice President of Strategy and Sales
Dan has over 17 years experience in travel and hospitality and heads up day to day strategy and sales for the Bloomington Convention Bureau. Dan develops “win-win” strategies and partnerships, often with major entertainment, travel and sports properties. His background includes hotel strategic planning, brand marketing and market research covering business-to-consumer and business-to-business. Dan has consulted with Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites, Caribou Coffee, Northwest Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and National Rental. Dan has exceeded Destination production goals in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Send Dan an email or call: 952-278-8504
Susan Breen, Convention Services Coordinator
Susan Breen has extensive experience as the Client Services Coordinator at the Bloomington CVB. She has won several “Excellence MINT Awards” by diligently submitting meeting history to the MINT database. Susan is an active member of Destination Marketing Association International as the Meeting Information Network Coordinator. She also participates in the Association for Convention Operations Management, which is the only industry association geared specifically to the unique needs of Convention Services Managers. Additionally, Susan maintains our bi-annual Meetings and Group Calendar.
Susan Breen was honored with 2010 Vision Award for her excellence in Customer Service. Presented by Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal as a new way to reward the best practices of local hospitality professionals, Susan was recognized for her 22 years of service at the Bloomington CVB. Susan has made a name for herself in the hospitality industry by being the ultimate point person for groups, conventions and sporting events that stay in Bloomington. Susan specializes in customer service and strives to make every delegate feel welcome when they arrive. Congratulations Susan!
Send Susan an email or call: 952-278-8517
Callie Malone, Group Sales Associate
Callie joined the Bloomington CVB in February of 2011 after working as a Private Dining/Events Coordinator for Morrissey Hospitality and a Sales Assistant at BayView Event Center. She enjoys connecting and working with clients who are looking to host an event. Callie graduated in May of 2009 from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She was part of the UND Women's Cross Country and Track & Field teams (Go Sioux!), a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece. Callie loves spending time with family and friends, going to her cabin, and staying active.
Send Callie an email or call: 952-278-8515.
Whether your game is indoor or outdoor, Minnesota is a year-round sports destination. We have venues for virtually every sport and any size event. Best of all our first-class venues are located just minutes from our 38 comfortable hotels, and exciting dining options and world-class attractions such as Water Park of America and Mall of America®. Which means that instead of spending your time with long commutes, you can focus on what’s important, playing your game.
Ask us today to see what venues we have for your sport!
Bloomington is home to several premier baseball complexes, perfect for youth or adult tournaments. All venues are within minutes of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America.
Bloomington features 15 state-of-the-art courts located between just two venues less than three miles from each other.
As home to one of the largest bowling centers in the country, Bloomington is the perfect location to host your next tournament.
If you need great venues within minutes of an International Airport, comfortable hotel rooms and world-class attractions, we've got you covered in Bloomington!
Bloomington is home to one of the Midwest's premier Disc Golf Venues. Hyland Ski & Snowboard area is a beautiful 18-hole course that is host to the Professional Disc Golfers Association's Annual Majestic Open.
Bloomington is home to one of the Midwest's premier ski jumping sites. Hyland Hills Ski Area is the host to several regional competitions and more than 34,000 ski lessons annually.
Bloomington has hosted many U.S. Figure Skating events including U.S. Adult Nationals, U.S. Synchronized Championships and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Discover what makes our destination a perfect fit.
Bloomington is just minutes away from the top football venues in the state for youth & collegiate football including the new TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota has the highest number of golfers per capita than any other state. Here, you'll have over 50 metro area golf courses to choose from including Hazeltine National Golf Course.
Minnesota is the state of hockey and it's no surprise that you'll find a plethora of ice arenas for any size event. Best of all, when you host your event in Minnesota, we can connect you to the largest hockey fan base in the country!
Home to 2010 Bloomington Open Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association tournament, Valley View Playfield Courts is an ideal location for a horseshoe event.
Lacrosse is rapidly growing in Minnesota and was recently recognized as a varsity high school sport by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Bloomington has a premier venue with 8 fields, located next to the Minneapolis Airport and just 5 minutes from Mall of America.
If you are looking for great soccer venues that are close to the Minneapolis Airport and Mall of America, we've got you covered in Bloomington!
Bloomington has a proud tradition of hosting national softball tournaments including our signature Annual Fireman's Tournament, which just surpassed 50 years and 150 teams! Whether your game is Adult Slow or Youth Fastpitch, we've got you covered.
Just minutes from Bloomington, you'll find three state-of-the-art aquatic centers, including the premier University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center.
Tennis is a year-round sport in Minnesota since we have several multi-court bubbles. Discover any one of our indoor and outdoor venues including Lifetime Fitness' 12-court facility, which is also the home of the USTA Midwest Section.
Bloomington is located just a short drive from some of Minnesota’s premier track & field venues including the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and their new state-of-the-art Leonard Center and the University of St. Thomas’ Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex which is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2010.
Whether you need 8 courts under one roof or a convention center, we've got you covered. Choose from 13 area venues to host your volleyball event.
Minnesota has a proud tradition of producing some of the best wrestlers in the country and is home to two of the top collegiate wrestling programs in the country, the University of Minnesota (Division I) and Augsburg College (Division III).
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The largest retail and entertainment complex in the nation. Features 520 stores!
Valleyfair is the perfect destination for the entire family with over 75 amazing rides and attractions, including Planet Snoopy and Soak City Waterpark.
At Davanni's, we have everyone's favorite pizza, hot hoagies, lasagna, pasta, salad and more! We invite the whole team to enjoy a delicious meal with us! 21 Twin Cities locations including Bloomington!