FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The countdown is on for the country’s greatest senior athletes to make their way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Visit Lauderdale, the destination marketing organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale, and the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) reached tens of thousands of age 50+ athletes during a ‘one year out’ livestream broadcast to preview what’s to come leading up to the opening day of the 2022 National Senior Games to be held May 10 to 23, 2022.
“We are thrilled to welcome National Senior Games organizers, athletes, and their families and fans here to Greater Fort Lauderdale in 2022,” said Stacy Ritter, CEO and president of Visit Lauderdale. “As a cosmopolitan destination with 31 diverse and beautiful cities all offering their own unique, culture-rich attractions, award-winning restaurants, and plethora of outdoor recreational activities, we are ready and excited to bring everyone together under the sun.”
With more than 13,000 qualified athletes from every state expected to compete in 23 different medal sports and as many as 20,000 spectators, the National Senior Games will have a significant economic impact for Greater Fort Lauderdale. Roughly one year out from the event, more than 50 hotels have signed contracts for what is anticipated to be more than 37,000 hotel room nights booked for the games. In addition, the estimated economic impact from next year’s games is $23.5 million.
“This is the first time Greater Fort Lauderdale hosts our National Senior Games and we have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to bring our athletes here,” said Marc T. Riker, CEO of National Senior Games Association. “Beyond their great sporting venues, hotels, modes of transportation, the destination’s experience hosting a variety of major events, large volunteer base, and endless entertainment options, Greater Fort Lauderdale embodies the inclusive community spirit that we all embrace.”
Due to the pandemic, the original 2021 dates were rescheduled to next May. The biennial event normally requires athletes to qualify at one of 53 state games in the year prior. However, in response to the pandemic, NSGA has adjusted the qualification process to provide qualified status for any participants who were not able to compete in any of the 2020 qualifying games.