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  • Springfield Selected to Host MSHSAA Basketball and Football

    The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) have announced Springfield will be the host city for the 2018-2022 Boys & Girls State Basketball Championships and 2016 State Football Championships.

    “We’re excited about coming down to Springfield,” said Kerwin Urhahn, MSHSAA Executive Director. “It’s a high-school rich environment and southwest Missouri supports high school sports very well. We’re looking forward to having all of our participants experience that excitement and enthusiasm first hand. We also appreciate all the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis has done for us in football and all that Mizzou has done in basketball over the years. We greatly value those partnerships and their support.”

    In a competitive bid process, bids were submitted by the Springfield Sports Commission and the Convention & Visitors Bureau with facilities at Missouri State University (MSU) serving as the venues. Supporting entities include the City of Springfield, Greene County, Springfield Hotel Lodging Association, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Elliott Lodging, Hammons Hotels & Resorts, O’Reilly Hospitality Management, Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks, Buffalo Wild Wings with numerous other organizations providing promotional support.

    “We’re delighted Springfield was selected,” said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, which manages the Springfield Sports Commission. “With the cooperation and partnership of MSU and many other businesses and organizations, we submitted a proposal showing very strong community-wide support for hosting the state championships.”

    Craig Long, CFO at MSHSAA, said the organization was impressed by the amount of community support and they’re looking forward to returning to Springfield.

    “We’re humbled by the magnitude of community support that was evident in the proposal that came from the Springfield community and we’re excited about the championships being at Missouri State University,” Long said.

    The basketball championships will be at JQH Arena and Hammons Student Center and football at Robert W. Plaster Stadium.

    “We are very excited after 20-plus years to have the MSHSAA football and basketball championships coming back to Springfield and Missouri State,” said MSU Executive Director of JQH Arena & Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations Keith Boaz. “We look forward to providing first-rate facilities and making the state championship experience a memorable one for the students and participating schools.”

    “Missouri State University is thrilled to be selected as the host site for Missouri’s premier high school state championship events,” said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “This has certainly a collaborative effort between the City of Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Springfield Sports Commission and the University, and we are proud these events have finally returned to Springfield and the great facilities on our campus. We look forward to serving as the hosts for high school basketball and football fans across the state.”

    During the five years the basketball championships are in Springfield, more than 40,000 people will attend the events each year. Attendance at the football event will be about 25,000 people this fall.

    “The Springfield Sports Commission and its board of directors are honored and excited to be the host of the state basketball championships,” said Lance Kettering. “Special recognition goes to the staff at Missouri State University for allowing the opportunity to bid on and ultimately host this event in Springfield. The Sports Commission does not control the athletic venues when we are submitting a bid, it’s paramount for organizations to work together to bring championship-level events to Springfield.”

    Columbia hosted State Basketball Championship events for boys from 1973 through 1988 and 1992 to present and for girls from 1980 through 1988 and 1992 to present.

    Springfield has hosted the State Basketball Championships at the following venues:

    • Central High School - 1939, 1943-1945
    • McDonald Arena - 1941, 1942, 1947-1950, 1956 and 1964
    • Hammons Student Center - 1983, 1985-1991 (Boys & Girls)

    The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis has hosted the football championships since 1996. Springfield last hosted the football event in 1995 at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex at Missouri State University.

    Springfield has hosted football at the following venues:

    • John F. Kennedy Stadium in 1968
    • Briggs Stadium/Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex 1971 and 1988-1995

    MSHSAA is the governing body for high school activities in Missouri with about 580 high schools as members. The organization conducts championship-level activities in 23 activities, including sports and academic events. Learn more at or call 573-875-4880.

    The Springfield Sports Commission extends its gratitude to the more than 100 commission members that help Springfield bid on championship events.

    The Springfield Sports Commission and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau are nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the local economy through growth in travel and tourism. For more information, call 417-881-5300 or visit or

  • Voting Begins for the 1 Awards

    Online voting is underway to select recipients of the 1 Awards presented by the Springfield Sports Commission and KY3, Inc., sponsored by Elliott Lodging.

    The third annual 1 Awards, set for July 28 at Ramada Oasis Convention Center, will honor area students and teams from the previous year in the KY3 33-county viewing area by recognizing the best athlete and teams in various categories along with a number of specialty awards.

    A unique feature of the 1 Awards is fans, athletes and communities have a say in choosing the “1” through the voting process.

    Four nominees are chosen in each category based on a combination of honors, statistics, team success, individual performance and citizenship.

    Fans may vote for their choice at and can vote one time per day until July 21.

    Winners will be announced at the awards event July 28, which includes a social hour with food beginning at 6 p.m. and ceremony at 7 p.m. About 450 students and parents attended the event in 2014.

    Individual tickets can be purchased at and start at just $25 each.

    “This annual event, now in its third year, is a wonderful opportunity to review, recap and celebrate an exciting year of sports in our region,” said Lance Kettering, executive director of the Springfield Sports Commission. “The night showcases and highlights the achievements of these outstanding student athletes and allows the fans to have a say in the outcome of the award winners. We are excited to continue with this tradition.”

    Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting or by calling 417-881-5300 x 116 or 800-678-8767. Individual tickets can be purchased at

    The Springfield Sports Commission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the local economy by promoting sports travel and tourism to Springfield. To learn more, call 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767 or visit

    KY3, Inc. has delivered news, weather, sports and entertainment in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas for over 56 years. The KY3 building is home to five stations – KYTV, KSPR, The Ozarks CW, KY3 24/7 and Branson Visitor TV.

  • Now Hiring - Assistant Director

    The Springfield Sports Commission has an opening for the Assistant Director.

    Opportunity Description:
    Responsible for enhancing the visibility of the Springfield Sports Commission a 501©6 non-profit organization by selling and retaining membership in the organization. The Assistant Director also assists the Director with sports event development.


  • Springfield Sports Commission is hiring!

    **As of 3/18/2014, the position has been filled.** 

    The Springfield Sports Commission has an opening for the Assistant Director

    Opportunity Description:
    Responsible for enhancing the visibility of the Springfield Sports Commission a 501©6 non-profit organization by selling and retaining membership in the organization. The Assistant Director also assists the Director with sports event development.


  • B-Dubs to host Watch Party & Fundraiser for Olympian's father

    Buffalo Wild Wings is hosting an Olympic Watch Party and Fundraiser for Craig Scott on Feb. 11. The event will be at Buffalo Wild Wings, 900 E. Battlefield in Springfield. For additional information, please contact the E. Battlefield Location: (417) 881-9464.

    Scott is the father of short track speedskating Olympian and SGF-native Emily Scott. Emily Scott is a 2007 Hillcrest High School graduate. 


  • Springfield Receives Readers' Choice Award... Again!

    Springfield Missouri Sports Commission and Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) are winners of the 2014 class of SportsEvents Media Group Readers’ Choice Awards! This is the third year in a row that the award has been won by the two groups. 

    “It was an honor to be nominated by our peers for the award and even a greater honor to receive the award from SportsEvents Magazine,” Lance Kettering, executive director of the Springfield Sports Commission said. 


  • 2nd Annual SGF Urban-Warrior Challenge is April 6

    Registration is open now for the 2nd Annual Springfield Urban-Warrior Challenge. The 12.4K obstacle course will benefit the MSU Army ROTC Bear Battalion and the National Military Family Association.

    WHAT: The Springfield Urban-Warrior Challenge (S.U.C.) is a 12.4K timed obstacle race. Designed by perhaps the most qualified group to create challenging obstacles—the Missouri State University (MSU) Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)—the S.U.C. will benefit the MSU Army ROTC Bear Battalion and the National Military Family Association. With participants running through the heart of the city around iconic landmarks, this race is created to challenge endurance, speed, agility, and the will to keep moving forward.


  • 2014 Official Springfield Area Visitors Guide is now available

    Source: Susan Wade, Public Relations Manager for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau 

    The “2014 Official Springfield Area Visitors Guide” is now available from the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    The 165-page, four-color book is filled with information about things to see and do, places to eat and shop, lodging, events, history and more. The free guide is mailed to people who request information about the city, at conventions and events taking place in Springfield, at the CVB’s two tourist information centers and state information centers and through other outlets.


  • Upcoming ribbon-cutting and open house events for Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex will be held at JQH Arena (at the new entrance on the south, Bear Blvd.), Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m. JQH Arena is located on the Missouri State University Campus.

    An open-house event for the public is being planned for Jan. 7, from 4-6 p.m.

    The Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex includes 13,370 square feet of finished space and 35 working rooms for Bears and Lady Bears operations. The $3.7 million facility is being privately funded and includes offices, locker rooms, player lounges and video rooms for both teams, in addition to shared reception, treatment and athletic training space.

    For the design: Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex.

  • Hammons Field named 2013 Double-A Field of the Year

    Hammons Field is home to the Springfield Cardinals. The Springfield Cardinals organization is a Bronze Member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Sports Commission. We are proud to support our members! Congratulations Springfield Cardinals!

    Source: Springfield Cardinals

    Minor League Baseball and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announced on Thursday that Hammons Field has been named the 2013 Double-A Field of the Year. 

    It marks the second time that Hammons Field has won the award, for which all 30 Double-A teams were eligible. The Springfield Cardinals and Hammons Field first captured the prestigious award in 2008. 


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