The 2016 College World Series (CWS) is producing a lot more than hometown price for fans of CCU. The heads of both tourism areas represented, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and Brent DeRaad, president and CEO of Visit Tucson, announced a friendly destination versus destination wager on the result of the College World Series Finals.
Myrtle Beach and Tucson are both known for culinary dining options designed to whet any appetite using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, which their award-winning chefs incorporate and create into amazing mouth-watering meals.
The city of Tucson, world-renowned for their chef-focused cuisine, recently became the first city in the United States recognized for its gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Similarly, the Myrtle Beach area prides itself on not only its fresh Carolina Coastal cuisine, but also an extensive list of award-winning chefs and dining venues.
“Dining and the culinary arts are one of several key reasons why many folks travel. So, we are putting our money where our mouths are and supporting our hometown team, Coastal Carolina, by making a gastronomy wager with Visit Tucson. When Coastal Carolina beats Arizona, the Visit Myrtle Beach staff will feast on southwestern cuisine prepared in person by one of Tucson’s top executive chefs,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate Brent DeRaad and the Visit Tucson team accepting our challenge for the CWS finals. Needless to say, the Visit Myrtle Beach team is looking forward to enjoying some fine southwestern cuisine on our sun-kissed beaches, thanks to Visit Tucson!”
“Myrtle Beach’s cuisine is diverse and delectable, but we at Visit Tucson can’t wait to experience their incredible seafood,” said Brent DeRaad, president and CEO of Visit Tucson. “Both Myrtle Beach and Tucson are well known for their culinary offerings, which attract and delight visitors from throughout the world. On the slim chance that Arizona loses, Brad Dean and his team at Visit Myrtle Beach will be in for a treat as we serve up Tucson offerings from our nation’s ‘Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food.’
In addition, the losing organization will make a $1,000 donation to the winning region’s Boys & Girls Club to promote youth sports in their community.
The first game of the best-of-three championship series was last night, Monday, June 27. Game two will be tonight, Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. Arizona time), with game 3 (if necessary) to be played Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m.. ET (5 p.m. Arizona time).