Florida Firefighter Games Will Make A Big Impact In County

For two weeks, Palm Beach County will have the nation’s largest gathering of firefighters competing in sports. The Florida Firefighter Games and its 3,000 participants will take place in Palm Beach County from April 25 through May 10.

The Florida Firefighter Games is an Olympic-style competition dedicated exclusively to firefighters. This multi-sport event features more than 30 different sporting events, including soccer, flag football, softball, golf, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, fishing, racquetball, bowling, billiards and cycling.

Multiple venues throughout Palm Beach County will be utilized to accommodate the variety of sporting events. Seminole Palms Park, Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, Okeeheelee Park, Northwood University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Cardinal Newman High School, Palm Beach Skate Zone, Greenacres Bowl and several golf courses will serve as anchor facilities. The Hilton Palm Beach Airport is the host hotel and will serve as a venue to indoor sports.

The Florida Firefighter Games is one of the largest sporting events in the United States solely dedicated to firefighters, and the influx of visitors will create a major tourism and economic impact. This event has taken place in Palm Beach County on two previous occasions (2004 and 2007) and consistently generates more than 1,500 hotel room nights and nearly $1 million in visitor spending for its host community.

“The Florida Firefighter Games will be a very special occasion for Palm Beach County,” said Guy Quattlebaum, president of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “While this multi-sports festival will attract a surge of new visitors, hotel room nights and new revenues for our destination, we also have the privilege of hosting an event to celebrate some of our finest heroes and first responders who dedicate their lives to public service.”

For more information about the Florida Firefighter Games, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.