TEAMS ’16, the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry, will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The announcement was made today at Harrah’s Atlantic City during a press conference organized by Meet AC, the Atlantic City Sports Commission and Caesars Entertainment. TEAMS ’16 will be held September 26–29, 2016, at the new $125 million, 100,000-square-foot Waterfront Conference Center, which will open in August.
“We are very excited to bring TEAMS to Atlantic City,” said Timothy Schneider, president and CEO of Schneider Publishing, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and organizes the TEAMS Conference. “Many factors contributed to our decision to stage TEAMS in Atlantic City, including the city’s rich history and unique sense of place—which will serve as a huge draw to attendees. Meet AC’s commitment to supporting the sports-event community also made Atlantic City an obvious destination for TEAMS.”
Presented by SportsTravel magazine, the TEAMS Conference & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers. Launched in 1998, TEAMS attracts more than 1,400 attendees including CEOs, executive directors and event managers from sports organizations as well as representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality industry opinion leaders.
“The Atlantic City Sports Commission is ecstatic to host TEAMS ’16 in Atlantic City,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC. “The sports business in Atlantic City continues to grow, whether it’s a convention or tournament. TEAMS will help us develop the AC Sports Commission as a cutting-edge agency and strengthen our relationships within the sports industry. TEAMS will generate substantial ROI for Atlantic City.”
“Caesars Entertainment is thrilled to host TEAMS at Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center in 2016,” said Michael Massari, senior vice-president of Caesars Entertainment National Meetings and Events. “We know just how important TEAMS is to the sports-event industry. Having TEAMS in Atlantic City will give us and Meet AC the chance to showcase what a fantastic destination the city is for all types of sporting events.”
Whether event organizers are looking to stage a sporting event, tournament or meeting, Atlantic City welcomes groups with 15,630 hotel rooms and more than 770,000 square feet of city-wide meeting space, ranging from the 600,000-square-foot Atlantic City Convention Center to smaller event facilities. The city attracts 27 million visitors annually and is home to attractions such as the iconic Boardwalk, which features casinos, hotels, entertainment and eateries.
About Schneider Publishing
Schneider Publishing is the parent company of Association News, America’s most-read magazine for association executives, and SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine. TEAMS ’15 will be held November 9–12 in Las Vegas. In addition to the TEAMS Conference, Schneider Publishing organizes Meetings Quest, North America’s longest-running series of trade shows for meeting planners. The markets served by Schneider Publishing generate 106 million hotel room nights annually.
About Meet AC
Meet AC, Inc. was officially formed as a 501(c)(6) organization on June 23, 2014. Prior to its formation, the Meetings and Conventions sales and marketing group was operating under the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Meet AC, a tourism economic development agency, focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.
About Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment Corporation
The world’s most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment offers meeting and event planners one dedicated team, united nationwide, committed to providing the most successful meeting experiences possible. With one call or email, planners have access to 40 properties in 20 unique destinations, with 1.9 million square feet of meeting space and more than 42,000 guest rooms. Mix and match properties and venues within a destination under a single contract and minimum. Enjoy elite perks, rewards and privileges with our Total Rewards Meeting Diamond Program. For more information, please visit www.CaesarsMeansBusiness.com.
About Caesars Entertainment
Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CEC) is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. CEC is mainly comprised of the following three entities: the majority owned operating subsidiary Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, wholly owned Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties and Caesars Growth Properties, in which we hold a variable economic interest. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 75 years ago, CEC has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and its portfolio of subsidiaries now operate 50 casinos in 13 U.S. states and five countries. The Company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. CEC’s portfolio also includes the London Clubs International family of casinos. CEC is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. The Company is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.