The Columbia Regional Sports Council is pleased to announce they are the recipients of SportsEvents Magazine's 2010 Readers Choice Award. SportsEvents Magazine is a nationally distributed magazine read by owners and planners of sports events and sports competitions, including national governing bodies, regional directors, league managers, coaches associations, sports commissions and other sports event owners. It is designed to help planners be more effective, informed and successful with sports events.

The Annual Readers' Choice Awards included a category for sports event planners to nominate their favorite destinations and venues for hosting sports events. These winners included convention and visitors bureaus, sports commissions, and fields and facilities from across the country that have a proven history of providing both the physical attributes and commitment to hospitality and service that sports event planners demand. The Columbia Regional Sports Council was acknowledged for its excellence within the "Places to Watch" category, and Columbia was the only destination in South Carolina to receive the award this year..

'When we put the call out to readers to nominate sports planners and sports-friendly destinations and venues for SportsEvents Magazine's Annual Readers' Choice Awards, we asked them to recommend only the best,' said J. Talty O'Connor, publisher of SportsEvents Magazine. 'We believe our select group of planners, destination marketing organizations, and fields and facilities. The Columbia Regional Sports Council not only meets but exceeds the high demands of producing successful sports events today.'

Scott Powers, executive director of the Columbia Regional Sports Council said, 'We would like to thank the readers of SportsEvents Magazine for this distinguished recognition. We work diligently to bring events to the Columbia metro area and we are honored to be acknowledged by our peers.'

About the Columbia Regional Sports Council:
The Columbia Regional Sports Council's mission is to strengthen the area's economy by marketing and selling Columbia as a premier destination for sporting events and partnering with local sports organizations to grow and develop existing events. For more information, visit