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In the News…


Lieutenant Governor Sears visits Henrico's billion-dollar GreenCity project.

SwimRVA welcomes international swimming community for U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship.

How sporting events are driving tourism: 'Think big Richmond. We've got big things coming.'

Richmond Region’s lodging tax revenues rebound, exceed pre-pandemic levels.

Sports tourism drives region’s record lodging tax revenue.

Sports tournaments pushing RVA’s tourism to record-breaking levels.

A new partnership between Richmond Region Tourism and VisitAble is working to make the region more inclusive for visitors of all abilities.

Welcome Returns The protests of 2020, it turns out, were good for business.

The fifth event of the 2022 Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me, the sport’s premier five-fish format tournament circuit, kicks off in Richmond

USA Archery’s Target Nationals and U.S. Open represents one of 30 sporting events Richmond Region Tourism will have hosted through Labor Day.

The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) World Championships is being held in the City of Richmond along with surrounding counties Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.

Teen Masters National Bowling Championship comes to Henrico with coronavirus precautions in place. There will be 232 bowlers who are competing, representing most of the country, from California to Washington to New England.

Summer Rumble and Champions Cup return to Chesterfield. River City Sportsplex will serve as host site for the Summer Rumble boys tournament and the Champions Cup, a national girls recruiting showcase tournament.

US Youth Soccer has announce that the USYS League Championship will be held May 22-23, 2021 at the RiverCity Sportsplex in Richmond, Virginia.  RiverCity is home to 12 lighted turf fields.  In partnership with Richmond Region Tourism, USYS will be able to offer discounts/coupons to many of the surrounding attractions and restaurants.

USA Archery Collegiate Target Nationals Heads to Richmond for 2021 - USA Archery is pleased to announce that Richmond, Virginia will be the host city for the 2021 National Collegiate Target Championships and World University Games – U.S. Team Trials on May 20-23.

USCAA Announces Richmond Region as Host City for 2021 & 2022 Basketball National Championships – The United State Collegiate Athletic Association is excited to announce the 2021 and 2022 USCAA Basketball Small College National Championships will be held in Richmond, VA.

USA Fencing Returns to Richmond  - The 2020-21 season will open in Richmond, Virginia at the October North American Cup.

National League Alliance Announce Generations adidas Cup - This coming year, the National Leagues Alliance (NLA) in partnership with the Club Champions League (CCL) and adidas, will host its first President’s Day weekend tournament, the Generation adidas National Cup, February 15-17, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia for U11-U19 boys and girls age groups.

Henrico County unveils plan for new sports complex that would replace Virginia Center Commons - County leaders say the new sports complex, estimated to be about 200,000 square feet, is set to replace the Virginia Center Commons Mall. Once built, the new indoor sports venue will house a convocation center for graduations, basketball courts and more.

USA Archery Announces 2020 Event Schedule - The 136th USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open head to Richmond, Virginia on August 12-15

Richmond will host inaugural Sports Diversity Jubilee in May - The Richmond region has been selected to host the inaugural Sports Diversity Jubilee, a multisport tournament featuring LGBTQ+ athletes from around the world.

The Basketball Tournament returning to Richmond - After a successful showing in 2018, The Basketball Tournament will bring a regional round back to the Siegel Center this coming July.

IQA World Cup 2020 to be held in Richmond, United States - The International Quidditch Association is proud to announce the location of the IQA World Cup 2020. After a vote by the Assembly of Members in which all 18 full member NGBs have participated, Richmond, Virginia, United States, has been chosen to host the event with 10 out of 18 votes, while Getxo, Spain received 7 votes and 1 NGB .abstained. World Cup 2020 will be co-hosted by the IQA, Richmond Region Tourism, US Quidditch, and Major League Quidditch.

Sports tourism drove hotel occupancy in Richmond region in 2018 - Sporting events contributed significantly to hotel occupancy in the Richmond region in 2018, with NASCAR events driving three of the top four biggest individual days, a new report shows.