Sports Traveler History
It all started with a trip to a Dallas Cowboys game...
Sports Traveler was founded in 2000 by Anbritt Stengele (current President). Ms. Stengele, a former competitive and professional figure skater, traveled extensively throughout the United States throughout her career. Later she became a coach and trained dozens of figure skating hopefuls in competitive programs in both Michigan and the Chicago area.
It was in late 1999 that Ms. Stengele, while at a national skating event in Dallas, Texas, attended a Dallas Cowboys football game at Texas Stadium. An avid Cowboys fan, she returned home and went on the Internet to search for a football package to see the Cowboys again when they were to play the Indianapolis Colts...
"I set out on a search for a hotel package with good seats--but couldn't find one. After a very long search on the Web and many long distance phone calls, I gave up only to learn later that there was a hotel across the street from the stadium that had a great package. So I said to myself--there should be a Web site just for fans like me searching for sports travel packages." (Source: MyComputer.com interview Dec. 2000)
Ms. Stengele created the first Sports Traveler website herself for football travel packages and tickets. The site quickly took off and was voted Website of the Week by MyComputer.com in December of 2000. In 2001, she developed the current Sports Traveler website to include all major sporting events for all types of fans. The network has now become the single largest source for sports travel on the internet covering sports travel options for virtually every sporting event worldwide. Key new additions to the company have followed including corporate and group travel as well as Sports Traveler VIP for luxury and celebrity clients.
In 2006, while attending the FIFA World Cup, Ms. Stengele launched Sports Traveler Radio - a podcast radio program that gives live on-the-scene reporting about sporting events for travelers. Sports Traveler Radio, or STR as it has become to be known, has since covered dozens of sporting events from the sports traveler perspective. The program is hosted by professional radio personalities and includes interviews on location from the sporting events host cities as well as special features and segments devoted to fan travel.
In 2009, Ms. Stengele along with co-writer and International Sports Writer Lydia Rypcinski released the book, Sports Traveler Chicago, a sports fans guide to the Chicagoland area. The tour book covers everything travelers will need when planning their game day experience in the Windy City. Sports Traveler Chicago was awarded the 2010 Illinois Woman’s Press Association Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest for Best Non-Fiction in the general category and was also the winner of the 2010 National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest for Best Non-Fiction.
Sports Traveler and Ms. Stengele has been featured numerous times on XM Satellite Radio as well as on ABC Radio and Fox Television insight and viewpoints on sports travel and the sporting event ticket industry. Sports Traveler has also been featured in the travel sections of the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail (Canada), the New London Day, the Naples Daily News, the Richmond Times Dispatch and the San Diego Union-Tribune as well as Best Life, Men's Journal, Travel Age West, and Crain's Chicago Business magazines. She also has a blog highlighting her frequent travels at http://anbritt.wordpress.com/.
Ms. Stengele currently resides in her home town of Chicago and travels often to see her favorite sports teams play. She is a competitive tennis player and enjoys speaking to children at local schools and universities on the topics of becoming an entrepreneur and her motto 'Live the Life You Imagine'.
|Kentucky Derby||May 03||Louisville, KY|
|Talladega Aaron's 499||May 04||Talladega, AL|
|Players Championship||May 05||Ponte Vedra Beach, FL|
|Charlotte Coca Cola 600||May 25||Concord, NC|
|Indianapolis 500||May 25||Indianapolis, IN|
|French Open||May 25||Paris, France|
|Belmont Stakes||Jun 07||Elmont, New York|
|U.S. Open Golf Tournament||Jun 09||Pinehurst, NC|
|2014 Brazil World Cup||Jun 13||Brazil|
|Wimbledon Championships||Jun 23||London, England|
|Daytona Coke Zero 400||Jul 05||Daytona Beach, FL|
|PGA Championship||Aug 04||Louisville, KY|
|Bristol Irwin Tools 500||Aug 23||Bristol, TN|
|U.S. Open Tennis Championships||Aug 25||Flushing, New York|
|Cowboys Classic||Aug 30||Arlington, TX|
|Notre Dame vs. Purdue||Sep 13||Indianapolis, IN|
|The 2014 Ryder Cup||Sep 23||Auchterarder, Scotland|
|Breeders Cup||Nov 01||Arcadia, CA|
|Texas AAA 500 Race||Nov 02||Fort Worth,TX|
|Cowboys vs. Jaguars||Nov 09||London, England|