Dew Tour

Dew Tour not returning to Baltimore

Daily Record Business Writer
March 2, 2009 11:08 AM

After kicking off its season in Baltimore for the last two years, the 2009 AST Dew Tour will bypass Baltimore, state officials announced Monday.

Last June’s stop drew more than 52,500 fans to the parking lots surrounding M&T Bank Stadium over four days and generated about $10 million in economic impact, according to city tourism officials. Michael Frenz, executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, said they were disappointed in the decision but he hoped the loss would be buffered by other sporting events coming to Baltimore this year.

“The economic impact is not so great for us to say all is lost,” he said, noting that the state Office of Sports Marketing’s director, Terry Hasseltine, is continuing to work on bringing new and return events to Maryland such as the NCAA men’s lacrosse final four, which Baltimore will host again in 2010 and 2011.

The stadium authority said a conflict with the Orioles’ schedule in June and a change in the tour’s format contributed to the decision.

“We’re disappointed they are not coming this summer and we welcome them back in the future,” said Frenz.