The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) announced today that Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Bloomington, Minn., will host the 2015 Summer National Senior Games – one of the largest recurring multi-sport events in the United States and the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. Tentatively scheduled for July 2015, this 16-day event will bring in excess of 13,500 male and female athletes – ages 50 and over – to the metro area to compete in 18-20 different sports within separate age divisions. Sports will be conducted at venues throughout Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Bloomington and the University of Minnesota.
The Senior Games is one of the largest gatherings confirmed for the Twin Cities market in the next five years and is estimated to draw more than 35,000 people to the area during this two-week-plus period in 2015 and the estimated economic impact is $40 million.
"The NSGA is pleased to be bringing our premier event to Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Bloomington, Minnesota," said Phil Godfrey, President and CEO. "We are particularly grateful to the Three Cities team for taking the lead in bidding on this complex event. The venues will be first-class and the tourism options are wonderful."
"Hosting the 2015 Senior Games, the largest Olympic-affiliated event ever to come Minnesota, is a tremendous accomplishment for this community. The $40 million economic impact will certainly leave a mark in the area and we are confident that our community will display its trademark hospitality to the national and international visitors. Through the outstanding efforts of our local Three Cities organizing committee and the University of Minnesota and the corporate and public community support, we will show what Midwest hospitality is all about," says Dave Mona and Susan Adams Loyd, Co-Chairs of the Local Organizing Committee.
While the sports have not yet been assigned to specific venues, the 2015 Games will utilize the Minneapolis Convention Center, University of Minnesota and Saint Paul and Bloomington – parks and recreation facilities, local golf courses and other area facilities.
Competition for the 2015 Games will be held in archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball.