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Help Support Sarasota's Bid for the 2017 World Rowing Championships

April 24, 2013

Help support Sarasota's bid for the 2017 World Rowing Championships by promoting its quest for additional funding from the Florida State Legislature. USRowing and Benderson Development have launched a social media-based public campaign to accumulate "likes" at https://www.facebook.com/worldclassrowing.

This indication of support via social media from the rowing community will provide local organizers with the push they need to bring this prestigious event to the United States in 2017.

"Sarasota has emerged as a critical opportunity for growth of our sport in the United States, and especially in the southeast region," said USRowing CEO Glenn Merry. "Being built as a world class venue, this location will serve not only the interests of our domestic agenda to develop more rowing waterways but will allow the United States to propose a solid and serious bid for international competition to return to America. We need to demonstrate to Florida that, as a rowing population, we recognize the value this new venue provides for all of us in the sport, from the USRowing Masters National Championships in 2013 to the U.S. National Team in 2017. Please get the word out to friends and family to support this initiative."

Here's how you can help:


Thank you for taking a moment to participate in this unique opportunity to grow the sport of rowing in the United States.

A final decision on State funding for the Sarasota-Bradenton World Aquatic Sports Center will be made this week. About the economics of the course:

Public and Private Commitments
  • $50 million
  • $20 million committed by Sarasota County for operations and site work through 2013
  • $3 million in private contributions through 2013
  • $10 million to be raised by 501(c)(3) formed to support the venue
  • $20 million in additional funding targeted

2012 State Funding Allocation

  • 30% ROI on State’s $5 million
  • A 30 acre island and 2 bridges built by Florida contractors
  • 2,000-meter rowing course and wave attenuator built by Florida contractors

2013 State Funding Request

  • $5 million
  • Capital improvements necessary to host 2017 World Rowing Championships
  • Opportunity to host international rowing, canoe/ kayak and Olympic triathlon events

2017 World Rowing Championships

  • $24 million economic impact
  • 42,000 Visitors
  • 40,000 Room Nights
  • 130 million viewers worldwide

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