The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission received SportsTravel magazine’s “Best New Event” award for the hosting of the inaugural NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship this spring.

Meyer Vacation Rentals was a lodging sponsor for this event.

The championship took place May 6-8 on the Gulf Shores Public Beach and was hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Gulf Shores and & Orange Beach Sports Commission.

The 2017 championship will take place May 5-7 on the Gulf Shores Public Beach.

The award put the GSOB Sports commission in the company of other winners, including the 2016 NBA Finals in Oakland, California, and Cleveland, which took top honors.

SportsTravel announced the winners of the 2016 SportsTravel Awards during a gala event at the TEAMS ’16 Conference & Expo in Atlantic City Sept 30. TEAMS: Travel, Events And Management In Sports, is the world’s largest gathering of event organizers and travel planners from the sports industry.

The 2016 NBA Finals held in Oakland, Calif., and Cleveland, was named Sports Event of the Year, as well as Best Professional Event Series or Circuit.

Other winners were the 2015 IWF Weightlifting World Championships in Houston; the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida; the 2016 Divas Half Marathon and 5K Series; the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship in Glendale, Arizona; the 2016 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas; the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida; Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California; the 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games in Carson, California; and the 2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

“As the gold standard for the sports-event industry, the SportsTravel Awards celebrate excellence in sports-event management and production,” said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel, which organizes the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo. “It is our pleasure to recognize these outstanding sporting events—as well as the event organizers and host cities who create them.”

The SportsTravel Awards program bestows honors at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels in three categories each. To be eligible, events had to occur between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Criteria for nomination and voting included:

  1. The event benefitted from superior organization and attendance.
  2. The event provided a superior experience for competitors and/or spectators
  3. The event’s host city or venue served to enhance the event.

Make plans to attend next year’s event in May by booking your reservation today. A three-bedroom Gulf Shores condo would be a perfect spot to enjoy the NCAA festivities.