By Lydia Craver
The Association for Women in Sports Media will hold its 2015 national convention May 23-26 in downtown Denver.
AWSM has secured a fantastic rate of $139/night, which includes Internet in the guest rooms, at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown. Opening night will be Saturday, May 23, with the Pioneer award dinner slotted for the closing evening (Monday, May 25) at the Grand Hyatt’s 38th floor Pinnacle Club — which offers amazing views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range with the city skyline in the foreground.
The hotel has just completed a $28 million renovation this summer and is located one block from the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. Fitness buffs will love this property, which has a rooftop track and tennis court as well as an indoor pool and workout facility.
Denver International Airport has more than 1,600 flights from nearly 200 worldwide destinations and is the fifth busiest airport in the country. Average fares to Denver have decreased more than 28 percent in the past decade, making travel to Colorado even more affordable. The change in the conference’s pattern (Saturday arrival, Tuesday departure) also could help reduce flight prices — given the affordability of flying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Denver enjoys a mild climate year-round, including 300 annual days of sunshine. The compact, walkable downtown also will save AWSM attendees transportation costs once they arrive (meaning: no rental car necessary). AWSM will work to secure discounted rates for airport transportation, as with other recent conferences.
AWSM selected Denver largely because of the wealth of potential speakers and panelists in a city with all major professional sports teams, the location of University of Colorado and Colorado State within 65 miles and the presence of organizations such as the USOC and USADA just south in Colorado Springs. The hometown Denver Post has employed many AWSM members through the years and annually hosts an AWSM intern through the organization’s partnership with the Sports Journalism Institute. The Colorado Springs Gazette also has been an AWSM supporter in the past.
AWSM’s only previous stop in Colorado was in 1998 (Colorado Springs). Please contact any AWSM board member if you’d like to get involved in planning the Denver conference.
* Photos courtesy of Visit Denver.