STMA Conference generates $3.9 million economic impact for San Diego

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – estimates it contributed a $3.9 million economic impact for San Diego, Calif. during its annual STMA Conference & Exhibition in January.

A record-setting 600 exhibitors and additional 1,200 leaders from the sports turf industry joined from 13 countries, including Australia, China, Italy, Peru and Scotland, and 48 states. The four-day event provided more than 75 hours of cutting-edge sports turf education, dedicated networking functions and exhibitor demonstrations.

With nine educational tracks, topics included professional development, agronomics, industry developments, facility management, construction/renovation, water, research, sustainability and pest control.

The 28th annual STMA Conference & Exhibition will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. January 24-27, 2017.

“With assistance from the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, the economic impact of our 2016 event confirms the sports turf industry continues to bring unification and financial magnitude across the U.S.,” says Kim Heck, STMA Chief Executive Officer. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families of the recent Orlando tragedies and hope our 2017 Conference & Exhibition can bring a tourism boost to this region.”

Hotel registration for the 2017 STMA Conference & Exhibition is open while event registration is available beginning October 1. Receive complimentary entrance with new membership dues. Be sure to book before December 15, 2016 to take advantage of “early bird” rates.

For more info:,, 800.323.3875.

About STMA

STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide.  Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management.  Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.

For more information:, 800.323.3875.