WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Annual Annapolis Valley Events and Sports Tourism Association (AVESTA) announced this year’s winners in various categories that included Acadia University’s Athletics Complex as the venue of the year.
The eighth annual AVESTA awards celebrated the achievements of valley events and festivals and the important positive economic and social impact these organizations and events bring to the region.
Acadia University captured the Venue Award – In recognition of a venue or facility that supports major sport and community events in the Annapolis Valley.
Acadia’s Director of Athletics, Kevin Dickie, spoke earlier in the day at the AVESTA conference outlining the merits of sport tourism and the impact that Acadia Athletics can have on the local community and businesses.
Following Dickie’s presentation, he pointed out that it’s a unique win-win situation.
“Acadia University and our venue in particular are open for business for great events and sport tourism. There are all kinds of opportunities for the Town of Wolfville, Kings County and the Annapolis Valley and we hope to be a big part of it”, said Dickie.
Dickie added, “Working with AVESTA to bring great sporting events to the Annapolis Valley has become one of our priorities. Everyone benefits from attracting great sporting events including our local community and county.”
This past year the Acadia Athletics complex was the host site of the U SPORTS (CIS) women’s soccer national championship that attracted seven university soccer teams, parents, fans and soccer provincial / national sport bodies. The event produced an economic impact of $2.8 million in the local community of Kings County.
Annual events include the ASU Craft Fair, Acadia Robotics Competition, NSSAF Track and Field district and regional championships.
Along with hosting major events at the venue, the Department of Athletics also hosts over 60 university sport home games as part of Atlantic University Sport attracting a total attendance over 65,000 fans through their gates.