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Events in Plano

Plano Texas is an active and lively community with many events of interest to our out of town guests and local community throughout the year. Ethnic festivals, arts and crafts fairs, exciting theatre, sporting events and much more are included in the calendar of events. Use the easy search box below to find out what is going on during your visit or plan your next trip to Plano around one of these great events. If you are interested in having an event listed on our calendar, you can Submit an Event here.

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USA Girls’ 2019 18U and 16U GOLD National Championship

July 28th - Aug 3rd

Registration Deadline:
TBA

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Welcome to Plano!

Congratulations on qualifying for the 2019 18U and 16U GOLD National Championship – we are so excited to host you in our fun city!

When you’re not on the field or in the stands, take the time to explore everything Plano has to offer, including over 800+ restaurants, unlimited shopping, plus activities and attractions to keep you occupied between games.

Our Visit Plano team is here to help with anything you need during your stay. You can give us a call Monday-Friday at 800-81-PLANO or come say “Hello!” in person at our Visitor’s Center located at Legacy West.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Plano! #PlayInPlano!

 

 

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QUALIFICATION AND REGISTRATION FAQ

How can my team qualify?

Gold qualifying procedures and tournament schedules can be found here.

How do we register once our team qualifies?

Consult your team’s presiding commissioner for specific registration forms and payment requirements.

Where and when do we check-in?

Check in is at the headquarters hotel, the Marriott Dallas Plano Legacy Town Center, at 7121 Bishop Road, Plano, TX 75024. Registration is in the Pecos Room in the main foyer off the lobby of the hotel. Hours are Sunday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where and when is bat check?

Bat check is same place and same time as registration.

TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION FAQ

Where is Plano, Texas?

Plano is 15 miles north of Dallas.

How do I get to Plano?

Major airports are Dallas Ft. Worth International and Love Field Regional Airport.  Both are 22 miles from Plano. Major highways running north and south are Interstate 35 and U.S. 75. Major east and west highways are Interstate 20 and Interstate 30.

How do I find hotel rooms?

Visit Plano has set up a tournament hotel website. There are no commissions, rebates or housing fees associated with the hotels we offer. Here is a link to the hotel website: Hotels for GOLD Nationals

When can I book hotel rooms?

You can reserve your rooms now at Hotels for GOLD Nationals. Double rooms will go first and after that we will have plenty of king rooms with sleeper sofas. But to get the best rates and the most flexibility, you should book your team as soon as possible.

Our housing coordinator can set up a sub-block for your team. A sub-block will reserve rooms for each team and each player can make their own reservation and be assured of being in the same hotel.

What is the hotel reservation cut-off date?

On July 13th at 5 p.m. all hotels will release un-booked rooms. If rooms are still available after the cut-off date, it is up to each hotel as to what rate they want to charge. If you think you may miss the cut-off date to book rooms, please reach out to our housing coordinator and she can help you plan for that. Email housing@plano.gov or call 972-941-5866.

Are these the best hotel rates we can get?

There are no add-ons on the rates and Visit Plano is handling lodging commission-free. We asked for lowest available rates, though on week nights, we are competing with corporate rates. 

Can we stay in other hotels?

Our parks depend on the Hotel Occupancy Tax for maintenance and improvements and it is very important to stay where you play. Also, the state tourism grant will help fund GOLD Nationals and the amount of that funding is determined by attendance and hotel room nights. We have to turn in an accurate accounting of hotel rooms used. 

We ask you to stay in a hotel within the Plano city limits so our city can gain the benefit of the economic impact of this event. If you prefer to stay in another hotel, please contact our housing coordinator at Housing@plano.gov or 972-941-5866 and let us know the hotel name and address and your team name, so we can count your rooms.

How far are the fields from the hotels?

No hotel is over 13 miles away and most are well under 10 miles. You do not have to get on the highways to get the fields unless you just want to.

Do I need to rent a car to get around in Plano?

The short answer is yes. Of course, there are many auto rental options at the two major airports and there are also several rental options in Plano. If you prefer to rent away from the airport to try to get a better rate and need help finding those options, reach out to us and we’ll have a list of local Hertz, Enterprise, etc.

A lot of our hotels offer shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the hotel, but we suggest you do not depend on these to get to the fields on time. Hotel shuttles are generally run on a first-come-first serve basis and it may not be available when you need it.

WHERE’S THE FUN? FAQ

What can I expect at the opening party?

The opening party will be Sunday, July 28 at Jack Carter Pool from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. There will be food trucks and a DJ. This is a great way to cool-off and relax before the big games! Jack Carter’s outdoor pool features a lazy river, FlowRider (surfing/body boarding), water slides, leisure pool and a deep water pool with a climbing wall and cliff jumps. Also enjoy a photo booth with your teammates. There will be plenty of Instagram-able food and Snapchat worthy memories at the USA Softball opening party!

When and where will team pictures be taken?

TBA

Will there be a hashtag for social media?

#PlayinPlano. We are excited to hear every team’s story through your photos and videos. Tag us at #PlayinPlano and you’ll be eligible to participate in the #PlayinPlano daily drawing. Every day of the tournament, we’ll randomly draw a winner for a $25 gift card to a local restaurant or attraction. So, come along and #PlayinPlano! 

What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?

Reach out to us!

For hotel and hospitality questions:                    

Liz Navarette, Hospitality Coordinatorenavarette@plano.gov 972-941-5842

For tournament questions:

Natalie NimmoAssistant TD, natalien@plano.gov  972-941-5206 

Are there any special offers for restaurants while we’re in Plano?

Yes! Find them here.

July 28th - Aug 3rd

Registration Deadline:
TBA

Heritage Yards

4525 Hedgecoxe Road
Plano, TX 75024

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