Pittsburgh To Get State Funding To Help Attract Big Sports Events

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh's Sports and Exhibition Authority has formed a commission to attract more sporting events to the city.

We may not get a Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh has had success attracting All-Star games, NCAA tournaments and more.

The new five-member commission will work to attract pro and amateur tournaments, conferences, and other events.

SEA Executive Director Mary Conturo says funding from state gaming legislation will also help maintain facilities.

“And they provide for incentives and other expenditures to support bids for events and for costs of holding events,” said Conturo

Initial commission members include State Senator Jay Costa and Penguins Deputy Counsel Tracy McCants-Lewis. They are unpaid positions.

The commission can expect about one and a half million dollars a year.

 Visit Pittsburgh has a Sports Pittsburgh division that does similar work.

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