The Nutmeg State Games and Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games will have a new host city beginning in 2021.
The city of Middletown takes over for New Britain beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2025, the Connecticut Sports Management Group announced Friday afternoon.
â€śOur host contract has been renewed three times in New Britain with Tim Stewart, Tim Oâ€™Brien and Erin Stewart and we couldnâ€™t be more grateful,â€ť Connecticut Sports Management Group Executive Director Patrick Fisher told The Herald. â€śItâ€™s been the place weâ€™ve been the longest. But itâ€™s in our bylaws to move the Games around the state. New Britain has been tremendous. We couldnâ€™t have asked for a better partner to help us grow the Games.â€ť
New Britain will host both events in 2020 before Middletown takes over the following year.
â€śThere was no inability [to get a new deal done]. It was time to go to a new spot,â€ť Fisher said of the group leaving New Britain for Middletown.
In addition to Middletown, the group also considered New Haven as a possible host city.
â€śWeâ€™re very excited to be bringing the games to Middletown,â€ť Fisher said. â€śSad to be leaving New Britain, who has been great to us.â€ť
The Nutmeg State Games and Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games consist of more than 34 different sport competitions, which include team and individual sport offerings. Athletes from all over Connecticut and from surrounding states will take part in the various competitions.
â€śMiddletown is honored to host the Nutmeg State Games and Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games and we welcome athletes and sports fans from around the state to our city,â€ť Middletown mayor Daniel Drew said. â€śWe look forward to continuing our tradition of showcasing Middletown as a premier location for hosting sporting events.â€ťÂ
â€śIâ€™m thrilled to welcome the Nutmeg State Games and the Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games to Middletown, and so excited to work with an outstanding team to make it a success for the athletes, for the fans, and for our city,â€ť Middletown mayor elect Ben Florsheim said.
The Nutmeg State Games is the largest amateur multi-sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut. More than 7,000 participants, 600 coaches, 500 officials, 300 volunteers and numerous spectators will take part in the annual event. Participants range from 6 to 80 years of age
â€śIn recent years, the Nutmeg State Games and Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games have generated an impact of over $1 million per year to the host city and surrounding area,â€ť said Robert Murdock, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB). â€śHosting sporting events like these provide benefits such as community visibility and an influx of visitors who boost the local economy by staying in hotels, dining in restaurants, shopping and enjoying area attractions.â€ť