Rochester to Welcome 3,000+ Athletes and Spectators First Weekend of May


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The weekend of May 6-8 is shaping up to be very busy for athletic competitions in the Rochester area. This weekend Rochester, NY will host the USA Gymnastics Level 9 Women's Eastern Championships, NCAA Men's Golf Regionals and the American Junior Golf Association 2022 Open Event. Visit Rochester expects these three events alone to bring more than 3,000 athletes and spectators to the Greater Rochester area.

In addition to these athletic events, the first weekend of May brings the opening weekend of the 124th edition of the Rochester Lilac Festival as well as the commencement ceremony and celebrations for Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). These events combined will bring thousands of visitors to Rochester.

“We are excited to see scores of visitors fill hotel rooms across Monroe County this upcoming weekend,” said Don Jeffries, President & CEO, Visit Rochester. “Whether coming to Rochester for the Rochester Lilac Festival, a university commencement or one of several sporting events occurring, visitors to Rochester leave behind a significant economic impact and spending. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Rochester all summer long, including during this upcoming busy weekend.”

Tourism is a major economic contributor for Rochester and Monroe County. Prior to the pandemic, the economic impact of tourism in Monroe County alone exceeded $1 billion annually, and the tourism and hospitality industry was responsible for 20,000 jobs. As the industry continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic, events like those taking place the first weekend of May play a significant role in the rebound of the industry and the Rochester community as a whole.

More details for each of the athletic events visiting Rochester May 6-8 are outlined below.

USA Gymnastics Level 9 Women's Eastern Championships
May 5-8, 2022, at Nazareth College's Golisano Training Center

Level 9 Women's Eastern Championships will take place at Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College.  This event features 16 age divisions and serves as the culmination of the competitive season for the top USA Gymnastics Women’s Development Program Level 9 gymnasts in the country. Attendees will be visiting Rochester from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Approximately 2,100 athletes and spectators will utilize several different hotels across Monroe County.

NCAA Men's Golf Regionals
May 4-7, 2022, at Ravenwood Country Club

The top 20 teams and 8 individuals from the Atlantic and Eastern regions will compete at Ravenwood Golf Club for the title of NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championship. The event will bring approximately 400 athletes and spectators to Rochester.

American Junior Golf Association 2022 Qualifier Open Event
May 6, 2022, at Webster Golf Club

American Junior Golf Association is hosting an open qualifier event at Webster Golf Club. Athletes ages 12 to 19 will compete for exposure, college scholarships and more. The event will bring approximately 400 athletes and guests to Rochester.


Visit Rochester is the official tourism promotion agency for Greater Rochester and Monroe County. Visit Rochester is a membership organization with over 400 members representing, lodging, retail, restaurants, services, and community organizations. Working together with our members and partners, our mission is to sell and market Greater Rochester as a preferred destination in order to grow and maximize visitor spending and to enhance the economy. The economic impact of the tourism and hospitality industry in Monroe County is more than $1 Billion, and supports nearly 20,000 jobs. To learn more go to

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