MIDFLORIDA Event Center to become home of Florida Sports Hall of Fame
PORT ST. LUCIE – In partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie and Treasure Coast Sports Commission, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is moving its Hall of Fame from the Central Florida Visitor Information Center in Davenport, FL to the MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie.
The Port St. Lucie City Council approved a five-year lease agreement with the Foundation authorizing use of up to 1,800 square feet in the event center.
Attracting more than 50,000 visitors annually, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame includes 55 memorabilia exhibits from some of the biggest sports stars ever known; including legendary NASCAR drivers Bobby and Donnie Allison, National Hot Rod Association legend “Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, golfer Doug Sanders, tennis great Chris Evert, football legend Bob Griese and more. Tiger Woods, Pat Riley, and Alex Rodriguez headlined the 2020 Florida Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Class. Special memorabilia from individuals and teams include photos, videos, uniforms, apparel, sports equipment, trophies and more.
“In a state where the climate lets us play sports year round and where so many of the all-time great sports figures call home, the City of Port St. Lucie is especially proud to welcome the Florida Sports Hall of Fame to our Event Center; and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner on the Hall of Fame’s dual mission of recognizing and honoring Florida’s greatest sports figures and promoting fitness awareness, education and sports among our state’s youth and adults,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec.
“We think that the Hall of Fame will take the Event Center to the next level as a must-see destination and will help us fulfill our community’s strategic plan for the future, which includes enhancing and showcasing Port St. Lucie as a unique place with cultural, natural, and recreational activities and amenities (learn more at www.cityofpsl.com/strategicplan ). We thank the Hall of Fame Foundation for choosing PSL, and Rick Hatcher and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission for helping us make it happen.”
“On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are extremely appreciative and excited about the partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission in relocating the home of Florida Sports Hall of Fame’s storied memorabilia,” said Tim Ramsberger, President and Chairman of the Board, Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Ramsberger added: “A special thank you to Mayor Oravec and the City Council, as well as Rick Hatcher for their collaboration in helping further the advancement of the Hall’s vision and future.”
In addition to the availability of this new attraction for residents and visitors to enjoy, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame will create many opportunities for the City.
“Sports tourism drives visitor spending,” said Rick Hatcher, Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and Vice President, President-Elect of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, noting the positive impact the Hall of Fame will have on the City’s tourism product “To have the Florida Sports Hall of Fame located in Port St. Lucie is a home run!”
“This is a significant marketing opportunity for the MIDFLORIDA Event Center and City of Port St. Lucie,” said Linda McCarthy, Director of the MIDFLORIDA Event Center. “To be the “official home” of the Hall of Fame will elevate the image and reputation of Port St. Lucie as a tourism and event destination and increase public engagement with the event center.”
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame will open at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center in February. Hours of operation will be announced soon. Admission will be free.
About the Florida Sports Hall of Fame
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Florida’s greatest sports figures and events, and leverages this collective celebrity to promote fitness awareness, education and sports activities among our state’s youth and adults. Equally important is the promotion of the qualities of discipline and honor among sports participants.
About the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center
The MIDFLORIDA Event Center is a versatile and elegant meeting, convention and special event destination featuring two grand ballrooms, an outdoor stage, festival grounds and a gymnasium. The full-service venue hosts banquets, meetings, conferences, trainings, expos, trade shows, concerts, performing arts, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events and more.