The Pensacola Sports Association of Pensacola Beach, Florida, has committed to a three-year contract with Pro Watercross, and will host the opening round of the 2017 season.
Pensacola has been one of the tour’s favorite stops for athletes, and thousands of fans lined Pensacola’s sugar sand beaches and crowded the pier over the turquoise waters for the tour’s 2016 Grand Prix of Watercross.
“Pensacola is very excited to welcome back the Pro Watercross Tour not only for 2017, but to also have an agreement through 2019 to bring them back to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches,” said Pensacola Sports Association president and CEO Ray Palmer.
The Pensacola Sports Association, the sponsoring organization behind the multi-year partnership, is Florida’s oldest sports organizing and management group and has been the guiding force behind not only the Pro Watercross’ presence in Pensacola Beach, but many of the city’s other iconic events such as the Charity Challenge and the Deer Dodge 50K marathon.
“I am confident in the direction that Pro Watercross is taking, and we are continuing to invest in growing our footprint in North America and around the world while working to discover and groom the next generation of watercross racers,” said Nick Handler, managing director of Pro Watercross.
“The tour’s growth is exciting to be a part of for our community,” Palmer added after the signing of the three-year contract between Pensacola and Pro Watercross.
“The 2017 Pro Watercross National Tour and Championships season is already shaping up to be a banner year, with tough competition, new events and features to help grow participation in the sport, and a lot of excitement for both the athletes and the fans,” Handler said.
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