On Tuesday evening, the winners of the 2017 SportsTravel Awards were announced at a gala event during the Teams '17 Conference & Expo in Orlando, which is being held through November 3. The National Congress of State Games also announced its winners for its Athlete of the Year awards during the award ceremony.
"The SportsTravel Awards celebrate excellence in sports-event management and production," Timothy Schneider, founder and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo, said in a statement. "We are pleased to honor these outstanding sporting events, as well as the event organizers who create them and the cities that work tirelessly to host them."
The SportsTravel Awards program honors amateur, collegiate and professional teams in three categories each - Best Event Series or Circuit, Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event, and Best Single-Sport Event - and two awards for Sports Event of the Year and Best New Event. For the 2017 awards, events had to take place between July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship featuring Clemson vs. Alabama in Tampa, Florida, was named both the Sports Event of the Year and the Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event. Other recipients of the award include the 2017 AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida; the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama; the 2017 Major League Dragon Boat Series held in various cities; the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon; the 2017 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas; the 2017 X Games Aspen in Aspen, Colorado; the 2016 MLB World Series in Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio; and the 2016 USA Masters Games in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The complete list of 2017 SportsTravel Award winners, as designated by SportsTravel magazine, are:Sports Event of the Year
2017 College Football Playoff National Championship (Clemson vs. Alabama), Tampa, FloridaBest New Event
2016 USA Masters Games, Greensboro, North CarolinaBest Professional Event Series or Circuit
2016 MLB World Series, Chicago, Illinois/Cleveland, OhioBest Professional Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2017 X Games Aspen, Aspen, Colorado Best Professional Single-Sport Event
2017 Super Bowl LI, Houston, TexasBest Collegiate Event Series or Circuit
2017 NCAA Women's College World Series, Oklahoma City, OklahomaBest Collegiate Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Eugene, OregonBest Collegiate Single-Sport Event
2017 College Football Playoff National Championship (Clemson vs. Alabama), Tampa, FloridaBest Amateur Event Series or Circuit
2017 Major League Dragon Boat Series, Various CitiesBest Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2017 National Senior Games, Birmingham, AlabamaBest Amateur Single-Sport Event
2017 AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships, Orlando, Florida