July 2, 2024 – The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is pleased to announce that its 2024 vintage race weekend is supported by a grant of $75,000 from The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (“SEA”) through its Sports Event Funding (“SEF”) Program.

The PVGP is one of fourteen organizations whose events were recognized financially for providing significant economic impact to Allegheny County, with substantial hotel occupancy and tourism spending. This is the second consecutive year that the SEA has supported the PVGP.

PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco was thrilled with the announcement saying, “This grant was a tremendous boost to our event and our charities last year and the continuation of this grant helps ensure our long-term success. The costs to stage our event at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course and through the streets of Schenley Park represent our largest single expenditure. This funding helps us maintain our event’s level of quality and enables us to improve the visitor experience.

This enables us to promote our event around the country and raise awareness for Pittsburgh and all the wonderful events supported by the SEA. We want to thank the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for supporting our event, which is now in its 42nd year. Many thanks to Jennifer Hawkins and her team at SportsPittsburgh and VisitPittsburgh for their partnership in this endeavor.”

The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (“SEA”) and its Sports Commission has announced that it will award a total of $775,000 to fourteen (14) organizations through their first 2024 Sports Event Funding (“SEF”) Program funding period. This program provides financial assistance to support major sporting events that provide significant economic impact to Allegheny County, with substantial hotel occupancy and tourism spending.

Eligible events include athletic or Esports events, whether professional or amateur, that are regulated and sanctioned by a regional, national, or international organization or association. Funding of up to $75,000 is available as a grant or loan, and the event must occur within two years of the application date. The following sporting events were awarded grants:

Rise High Elite Basketball (Nothing But Net Classic)
A one-weekend boys’ and girls’ youth travel basketball tournament is to be held Saturday, March 30, 2024, through Sunday, March 31, 2024, at the All-American Fieldhouse. Grant amount – $20,000

Three Rivers Marathon Inc. (EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler)
A one-day 10-miler and 10K road race is to be held on Sunday, November 3, 2024. Grant amount – $45,000

3Step Sports (Pittsburgh Jam Fest)
A one-weekend middle school and high school boys’ basketball tournament that offers a free one-night youth clinic to be held Friday, April 19, 2024, through Sunday, April 21, 2024, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Grant amount – $74,000

USCAA Small College Soccer National Championships
A collegiate-level soccer competition featuring Men’s and Women’s Division I and II will be held Thursday, November 14, 2024, through Monday, November 18, 2024, at Montour Junction Sports Complex and Highmark Stadium. Grant amount – $70,000

Atlantic Coast Baseball (2024 Baseball and Softball Tournaments)
Fifteen weekends of youth baseball and/or softball tournaments are to be held Friday, May 3, 2024, through Wednesday, July 31, 2024, at various softball and baseball venues located throughout Allegheny County.  Grant amount – $72,500

Premier Ice Prospects (Labor Day Girls Fest & The Burgh Girls Fest)
Two-weekend hockey tournaments for females of all skills and ages are to be held Friday, August 30, 2024, through Sunday, September 1, 2024, and Friday, November 28, 2024, through Sunday, December 1, 2024, at various ice venues throughout Allegheny County.  Grant amount – $30,000

SuperSeriesAAA (THF Pittsburgh & THF Pittsburgh Bantam)
Two weekend hockey tournaments for youth ages 13 to 18 are to be held Friday, September 20, 2024, through Sunday, September 22, 2024, and Friday, November 22, 2024, through Sunday, November 24, 2024, at the Alpha Ice Complex.  Grant amount – $75,000

SuperSeriesAAA (TopTier USA)
A one-weekend competitive hockey tournament will be held Friday, May 3, 2024, through Sunday, May 5, 2024, at various ice rinks throughout Allegheny County.  Grant amount – $75,000

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Western Spring Sectional
A one-day qualification event for athletes to attend SOPA’s state and national competitions to be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at various venues located in Allegheny County.  Grant amount – $10,000

Premier Soccer Services (Pennsylvania International Cup)
A three-day international soccer tournament for youth ages 9 to 14, with a focus on Hispanic and Black Communities’ participation, to be held Friday, October 18, 2024 through Sunday, October 20, 2024, at various venues located in Allegheny County.  Grant amount – $75,000

United States Golf Association (2024 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship)
A national golf championship for females 50 and older is open to any professional or amateur to be held Monday, July 29, 2024 through Sunday, August 4, 2024, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.  Grant amount – $75,000

Pittsburgh Derby Brats (Pajama Jam Tournament & Mayday Melee Tournament)
Two junior roller derby tournaments for youth of all genders ages 13-18 to be held Saturday, March 23, 2024 and Saturday, May 4, 2024, through Sunday, May 5, 2024 at Pro+Sports and RMU Island Sports Complex.  Grant amount – $4,000

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
A three-day Formula One Powerboat race event with a field of 34 drivers to be held Friday, August 2, 2024 through Sunday, August 4, 2024.  Grant amount – $75,000



About the Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA)
As a joint authority for the City of Pittsburgh and County of Allegheny, the SEA provides venues for sporting, entertainment, educational, cultural, civic, and social events to improve the quality of public life.  The SEA owns and leases PNC Park, Acrisure Stadium, and PPG Paints Arena, and owns and operates David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The SEA also owns parking facilities, public parks, development parcels, and various associated infrastructure improvements.

About the SEA Sports Commission
The SEA established the Sports Commission for the purpose of assisting the region in attracting and growing its competitive position in the sports event market.  The Sports Commission, a five-member board, evaluates the financial, business, and public impact of proposals for Sports Event Funding and provides recommendations for funding to the SEA Board.  For more about the Sports Commission, visit SEA


About the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand PrixFounded in 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Motorsport Festival features two weekends of racing action. The first weekend is the PVGP Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The second weekend is racing through a 2.33-mile road course set on the streets of Schenley Park. Between our race weekends, we stage car shows, parties, road rallies, a black-tie formal, a new Garden Party at Phipps and a Driver Reception. The PVGP is driven by 1,200 volunteers dedicated to staging the country’s largest and longest-running vintage race event. It is also a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide residential care, treatment and support for people with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities – donating $6.7 million.

Contacts
Dan DelBianco 412 559-3500