The Bradenton area is a sports-loving community, from high school football to Special Olympics to fast-pitch softball. And with IMG Academy hosting national-interest sports events that are picked up on ESPN and the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Camp in town, Bradenton-based sports gets great coverage.

For media/press information contact:

Kelly Clark
Communications Director
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
1 Haben Blvd.
Palmetto, FL 34221
941-729-9177 x 233 - Office


Marauders Host Cubs and Stone Crabs in Five Game Home Stand

Bradenton, Fla. – The Bradenton Marauders host the Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs) in a four-game series May 20-May 23 and play the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays) on Sunday, May 25. Read More>>

2014 Florida State League All-Star Game sponsored by the Bradenton Area CVB one month away

Bradenton, Fla. – The Florida State League All-Star Game sponsored by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is on June 14, 2014. The Marauders today announced more details for a busy weekend of baseball and entertainment in downtown Bradenton. Read More>>

Pittsburgh Pirates announce plans for improvements at McKechnie Field and Pirate City

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced plans for two capital improvement projects to enhance baseball operations and training facilities at McKechnie Field and Pirate City. Read More>>

Six of 26 Draft-eligible IMG Academy trainees selected in first round of 2014 NFL Draft

Six of 26 Draft-eligible IMG Academy-trained players were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The second round commences this evening at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN and NFL Network. Read More>>

Garlits and SR-37 Quest EV Dragster To Test at Bradenton Motorsports Park

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits and the SR-37 “Quest for 200 MPH on Batteries” EV Dragster took to the test track at 10am on 4.30.2014 in a private session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL. Read More here>> and HERE

IMG Academy honors more than 140 college commitments

IMG Academy commemorated more than 140 of its student-athletes who committed to the colleges of their choice at a special ceremony at IMG Academy Stadium. Read More>>

Marauders 10-Game Flex Plan

The cost is just $70. Your 10 ticket vouchers can be used however you’d like. Read More>>

Bradenton native and IMG Academy alumnus John Ryan Murphy has big day at the plate

Bradenton native John Ryan Murphy, an IMG Academy alumnus, had a big day at the plate for the New York Yankees after being called up earlier this month. Read More>>

IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori makes history; first Japanese-born player to win ATP clay-court title

Japan’s Kei Nishikori arrived at IMG Academy at the age of 14, and 10-years later, he has made professional tennis history as the first-ever Japanese-born player to win a clay-court ATP Tour title. Read More >>

Garlits and SR-37 Quest EV Dragster To Test at Bradenton Motorsports Park

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits and the SR-37 “Quest for 200 MPH on Batteries” EV Dragster will take to the test track at 10am on 4.30.2014 in a private session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL. Read More>>

Free Shirt Fridays Debut this Week at McKechnie Field

Friday, April 18 is the first of 11 FREE SHIRT FRIDAYS, starting with an "It All Begins in Bradenton" t-shirt giveaway presented by DOS Imaging for the first 500 fans. Read More>>

Sport is a $44 billion dollar industry in the State of Florida

While overall Florida tourism visitor numbers are nearing 100 million annually, a recent Economic Impact of Sports survey showed that 13.3 million visitors came to the state of Florida for the sole purpose of sports and recreation. Read More>>

Kids Club and Thirsty Thursdays Club lick off as Marauders host Cardinals this week

The Bradenton Marauders host the Palm Beach Cardinals for a three game series beginning on Tuesday, April 8. Read More>>

Four Canadian Football League teams kick off preseason training at IMG Academy

IMG Academy is emerging as the premier preseason destination for the Canadian Football League (CFL), with half of its member teams kicking off their annual season preparation on the campus  Read More>>

Marauders Set Event Schedule for Opening Week

The Bradenton Marauders kick off the 2014 season, the franchise’s fifth at McKechnie Field, next week. Marauders players will be introduced to the fans for the first time at a pair of events on Tuesday, April 1. Read More>>

Pirates Set Spring Training Records for Average Attendance and Largest Single-Game Attendance

The Pittsburgh Pirates set new records for average attendance and single game attendance during the 2014 Grapefruit League season. The Pirates drew 91,046 people to 12 Spring Training home games at historic McKechnie Field. Read More>>

Marauders and Bradenton Herald Team Up to recognize "All-Stars Among Us"

The Bradenton Marauders and the Bradenton Herald today announced the “All-Stars Among Us” program to recognize All-Stars in the local community. Read More>>

Pirates to Visit Wakeland Elementary School of International Studies

The Pittsburgh Pirates will visit a local Bradenton elementary school to formally announce plans to support three Manatee County schools in partnership with Mosaic and the Manatee Education Foundation. Read More>>

Amanda Evora Nominated for the 2014 PSA Sonja Henie Award

The Sonja Henie Award has been given annually since 1996. This award
is presented to “a female, professional skater or coach who has brought
recognition to the sport in a positive and favorable manner.” Read More>>

IMG Academy legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri to be inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

BRADENTON, Fla. (March 3, 2014) – Today legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri reached a new milestone when the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced he will join WTA star Lindsay Davenport, wheelchair tennis great Chantal Vandierendonck, and fellow industry leaders Jane Brown Grimes and John Barrett in the inductee Class of 2014. Read More>>

Craig Campbell to Play Concert at McKechnie Field on March 25th

Rising country music star Craig Campbell will play a post-game concert at McKechnie Field on Tuesday, March 25. The Pirates play the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Read More>>

Bradenton chosen as MLB Scouting in 2014

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced today that the annual Breakthrough Series, which exposes a diverse group of some of the top high school baseball players in the country to professional scouts and collegiate recruiters, is expanding in 2014 to four regional locations and will showcase approximately 200 players, the most in the event’s history. Read More>>

Future Stars Game Tryout at IMG Academy

IMG Academy is proud announce that we will host the most competitive middle school all star game in the country, the 2014 Future Stars Game on March 8th, 2014. Read More>>

Pittsburgh Pirates to host Fantasy Camp at Miracle League of Manasota Field

On Saturday, February 22, Pirates Charities will host a Miracle League Fantasy Camp for children with special needs at the Miracle League of Manasota Field, presented by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles. Read More>>

Top level college tennis at IMG Academy

On Sunday, Feb. 23 beginning at 10:00 a.m., there will be a clash of Division II titans when the men’s and women’s teams of Armstrong Atlantic and Barry University face off. Read More>>

IMG Academy announces 2014 Varsity Baseball roster and schedule

BRADENTON, Fla. (February 18, 2014) - The IMG Academy Varsity baseball season is underway, and the program has announced its roster and full schedule for the 2014 spring season. Read More>>

Pirates Announce Promotional Schedule

Schedule Features Post-Game Music, Unique Giveaways, and Opportunities for Kids to Run the Bases. See the schedule here.

Pittsburgh Pirates Buy Popi's Place I Restaurant Site for McKechnie Field Expansion

Bradenton, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates expanded on their long-term investment in Bradenton with the purchase of property at the corner of 17th Avenue and Ninth Street West adjacent to the main entrance of McKechnie Field. Read More>>

MLS Pre-Season Prolonged

There will be two more games being played on the 19th and 22nd of February. Read More>>

Fifth Annual Baseball Basics Scheduled for March 13

Bradenton, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrants for the fifth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic presented in partnership with Manatee Memorial Hospital. Read More>>

4Topps Premium Seating available at McKechnie Field in 2014

Bradenton, Fla. – McKechnie Field will feature 10 4Topps Premium Seating tables along its outfield boardwalk in 2014. The tables are located along the drink rail in centerfield, with five on either side of the outfield building. Read More>>

Marauders Announce Promotional Schedule in Advance of Single Game Ticket On-Sale Date

Bradenton, Fla. – The Bradenton Marauders today announced the 2014 promotional schedule for weekly and daily promotions. Read More>>

IMG Academy NFL Combine/Draft Training Program features more than two dozen top prospects

BRADENTON, Fla. (January 21, 2014) – The IMG Academy 2014 NFL Combine/Draft Training Program features more than two dozen players who have converged in Bradenton, Fla. to immerse themselves in the most advanced and comprehensive training program for today’s professional player. Read More>>

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Ticket Pre-Sale

The Pirates will offer an online only “Early Bird” pre-sale opportunity from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 24.Read More>>

Pirates Pledge $1.2 Million donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

Bradenton, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced a $1.2 million donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The gift will be distributed over 12 years and will be used to help fulfill the critical mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Read More>>>

Ellenton figure skaters make U.S. team for 2014 Winter Olympics

Ellenton, FL - Zhang and Bartholomay will skate in the doubles competition after winning a silver medal in the U.S. national championships at the TD Bank Garden in Boston. Read More>>

Tom Prince announced fourth Marauders Manager

Bradenton, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2014 season. Read More>>

Sunshine State Games of Florida return to Ellenton in May

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex and the Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club will be welcoming over 300 Florida figure skaters to Ellenton. Read More>>

Florida High School Athletic Association selects IMG Academy as venue for 2014 and 2015 FHSAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Finals State Championship Tournament

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced the selection of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida as host venue for the 2014 and 2015 FHSAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Finals State Championship Tournament. Read More>>

116 teams descend on IMG Academy for USL Super Y-League North American Finals

Soccer players, parents and coaches descended upon IMG Academy on Thursday to kick off the 2013 USL Super Y-League North American Finals. Read More>>

Eddie Herr has the world at its doorstep

The toughest job Thursday at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships didn't belong to any of the players, notwithstanding their on-court grunts of exertion. Read More>>

Bradenton-Sarasota to host three World Cup Pentathlon competitions

The Union International de Pentathlon Moderne, the international governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon, has selected Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida as the host of four major Pentathlon events, including three World Cup competitions. Read More >>

Amanda Evora and Scott Thornton seize "Battle of the Blades" crown

Competition for the Season Four title of Battle of the Blades was intense. The winners were announced Sunday, Nov. 17, with Evora and Thornton taking home the trophy and securing a $100,000 donation to their charity, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Read More >>

Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus to Host 2013 NIKE International Friendlies

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will face Brazil, England and Portugal at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase Dec. 9-15 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch...Read More>>

McKechnie Field Renovations Honored by Ballpark Digest as Best in 2013.

The oldest ballpark in spring training received a dramatic facelift for 2013 that benefitted both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, earning recognition from Ballpark Digest for Best Renovation (Over $1 Million) of the season...Read More>>

Two locally trained ice skaters will be at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

U.S. Figure Skating announced today the U.S. entries for the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, scheduled for Sept. 11-15, in Salt Lake City... Read More >>

Sports Performance Industry Flexes Muscle

Leaders in the Manatee County sports industry are working together to to strengthen the region's reputation as a destination for athletes and teams. Manatee County... Read More >>

IMG Academies to host USL PRO Combine featuring 100 of nation’s top soccer players looking to turn professional

IMG Academies will host the United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO Combine Jan. 26-29, 2012. Among the players who will have the opportunity to be evaluated by USL PRO clubs... Read More >>

Rowing Facilities in Bradenton Area

Upcoming rowing events: The Manatee-Sarasota area is quickly becoming known across the country and beyond as a major center for rowing. Three sites are being used for the... Read More >>

Rowing in the Bradenton Area

With our fabulous weather and variety of venues, rowing is a year-round activity in the Bradenton area. Even at the height of our winter, the weather is mild enough for... Read More >>

Area Sports Media

Our sports commissioner, hosts a regular sports show, "Sports Minute," which airs on SUN TV and METV (a local Manatee County... Read More >>