Orioles' Economic Impact in Florida Tops $511 Million Since 2015

The organization refocused its community efforts in 2020 to support Sarasota residents in the face of Covid-19.

By Staff February 23, 2021

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Sarasota County’s annual report found that the Baltimore Orioles have generated more than $511 million in cumulative economic impact in the state of Florida since 2015. It's the first year comprehensive data on the team’s impact became available. The county’s analysis measures the total tourism impact created by the Orioles, combined with the club’s year-round spending and business operations. Despite the shortened spring training season and limited public events in 2020, the most recent reporting period showed the Orioles provided a $49 million impact on Sarasota County and $59 million impact on the state of Florida. In addition to annual spring training operations, the Orioles host a number of special events at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex throughout the year, including youth sports tournaments, arts and entertainment programs, and charitable activations. The Orioles also provide tourism-focused marketing to fans across seven mid-Atlantic states through broadcasts and in-park advertisements. Additionally, over the past decade, the Orioles have donated more than $3.5 million to local charities—including food distribution events with All Faiths Food Bank to help local residents affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and blood drives with OneBlood.

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