We provide resources to support organizations and individuals interested in preparing bids for major sport events to be held in Lethbridge.
Whether you’re interested in bidding and possibly hosting a small or a major single or multi-sports event, host cities must plan for the event and ensure that the potential legacy benefits are identified and maximized.
Building a successful strategy for sports event bidding requires intellectual rigour to be applied at every stage of the process and that every element of the emerging blueprint is related to the fundamental objectives behind the bid.
Request for Proposal
Typically the Event Rights Holders (multisport or major games organizations) will issue a formal request for proposal. This helps to ensure that selections are evaluated on the same criteria and that the best bidding community is chosen.
The RFP Template provides details about the oveall bidding process and outlines the expectations that the organizing committee and rights holders can expect from one another.
Bid Evaluation Model (BEM)
As a member of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, we have access to a Bid Evaluation Model (BEM), a tool that is used to assess the viability of a bid proposal. It measures the level of fit between a community’s assets and the event rights holder’s requirements.
An economic assessment is a tool that’s used to evaluate a community's development both economically and socially. It’s also a key document that should be included in the business plan.
There are many economic assessment tools currently in use, but few that are specifically designed to measure the economic impact of new spending in a community based on sporting events.
As a member of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, we have access to an industry approved Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM)
A review of Economic Impact Studies on Sporting Events
The Sport Jounal
Alberta Economic Impact Studies
Alberta Culture and Tourism
The CSTA's Annual Report
Highlights many of the different aspects of the Canadian sport tourism industry
The support and guidance that groups receive when planning their event is one of the exciting benefits Lethbridge has to offer. The Lethbridge Sport Counci has been a strong pillar of support, ensuring the City of Lethbridge and other partners were on board with our event right from the start.