he 2019 Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow, which closed Sunday, attracted nearly 30,000 attendees eager to kick off spring preparing for the outdoors. Total attendance for 2019 was 29,638, down 8.7 percent from 2018 (32,453). While the spring-like weather Friday and Saturday had an impact on attendance, Thursday and Sunday crowds were heavy and ready to buy, with reports of strong travel bookings and good fishing tackle and boat sales.
This year’s sportshow included Super Thursday to attract the weekday business crowds, featuring a $5 entry after 5:00p.m. and included special Thursday-only pricing on a variety of boats and outdoor products; and new educational attractions for attendees including the SEA LIFE Aquarium’s ‘Brave the Rainforest’ exhibit and Crestliner’s Angling Aces and Career Day.
Minneapolis news outlets were also eager for all-things outdoors, with several of the market’s top TV stations and papers covering the Northwest Sportshow throughout the week. Media coverage highlights include KSTP-TV (ABC News), WCCO-TV (CBS News), and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
To learn more and for exhibit opportunities in 2020, visit www.NorthwestSportshow.com.