Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City

New Top-of-the-Line Lighting System Coming to Payne Park Tennis Center

The Sarasota City Commission voted Monday to spend $535,000 to upgrade the tennis center's lights in preparation for the Sarasota Open in April.

01/11/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Sports

Builders of New Spring Training Facility to Celebrate Milestone

The team building the new Atlanta Braves spring training facility in North Port is holding a topping off ceremony this Friday, July 20.

07/16/2018 By Staff

Planning

Panel to Discuss Benderson Rowing Facility, Public-Private Partnerships

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is discussing concerns about public funding for projects like the rowing park on Jan. 8.

01/02/2018 By staff

Media

NBC Sports Group to Broadcast Some of This Fall's Rowing Championships

Portions of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, hosted by Sarasota's Nathan Benderson Park, will be broadcast by the NBC Sports Group.

06/07/2017 By staff

Sports tourism

BMX Track Hosts State Tournament

Sarasota BMX is hosting the largest BMX event in Florida in 2017, the SSA Florida Cup Series Finals.

05/15/2017 By staff

Tourism

County Allocates $21.2 Million for Braves Spring Training Facility

The Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday approved a proposal to allocate $21.2 million in Tourist Development Tax revenues to help fund the construction of a new spring training stadium for the Atlanta Braves in south county.

05/10/2017 By staff

Tourism

Panel Discusses Sports Tourism May 4

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is hosting a panel discussion on Sarasota as an "international sports mecca" at Michael's on East.

04/28/2017 By staff

Tourism

Half Marathon Returns Sunday

The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon returns Sunday, March 19, for the 12th year. Last year's race drew 3,000 participants and added almost $3.5 million to the Sarasota economy.

03/16/2017 By staff

Sports

Brewery to Offer Growlers at Baseball Stadium

Darwin Brewing Co. is launching a new partnership with LECOM Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Bradenton Marauders.

02/23/2017 By staff

Sports

Bradenton Ballpark Gets New Name

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine announced on Friday that the Pirates' Bradenton spring training and minor league ballpark will be renamed from McKechnie Field to LECOM Park.

02/13/2017 By staff

Law

Sarasota County Files Lawsuit Over 'Defective Work' at Ed Smith Stadium

Sarasota County last month sued Rhode Island's Gilbane Building Company, alleging that the company performed "defective work" on concrete flooring and walls at Ed Smith Stadium.

12/27/2016 By staff

Sports

BMX World Cup First Major Event at Revamped Sarasota Track

The world’s best BMX racers, including newly crowned Olympic champions, will race for the World Cup title at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

10/03/2016 Research by staff

Sports

BMX Track Grand Opening This Saturday

Sarasota County is celebrating the grand opening of the BMX track at the Sarasota County Youth Athletic Complex on Saturday, Aug. 27.

08/23/2016 Research by staff

Sports

Tickets Now Available for BMX World Cup

Tickets for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, scheduled for Oct. 8-9, are now on sale at the event's new website. Prices range from $15 to $135.

06/16/2016 Research by staff