June 2007

Los Angeles Boat Show Avoids Super Bowl Conflict

ORANGE, Calif. — Boaters and pro football fans will no longer have to choose between their two favorite passions as the Southern California Marine Association has successfully negotiated non-conflicting dates for SCMA's 2008 Los Angeles Boat Show with L.A. Convention Center management.

"We have a long and wonderful relationship with the L.A. Convention Center and it has resulted in very good news for our exhibitors and attendees for 2008," commented SCMA Executive Director Dave Geoffroy. 

"It's just been unfortunate for the past several years that our traditional Los Angeles Boat Show dates have consistently been in conflict, either on opening or closing Sunday, with the Super Bowl.  In spite of our best efforts with special promotions and increased advertising, boat show attendance on Super Bowl Sunday is always negatively impacted."

After many months of negotiations and extra effort on the part of the management staff of the L.A. Convention Center, the dates for the 52nd Annual Los Angeles Boat Show in 2008 are Saturday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 17, six days after Super Bowl Sunday.

"This date conflict has been a continuous topic of discussion for several years," said SCMA Show Manager Terry Tjaden.  "Our persistence finally paid off, and the L.A. Convention Center was able to accommodate our request for a date change. 

“This is a very big plus for our flagship boat show that is so important to our many members and exhibitors.  We can now anticipate two blockbuster boat show weekends with excellent floor traffic and even greater sales."

"I'm very pleased to make this official announcement to our membership and the marine industry," said Geoffroy. 

The Los Angeles Boat Show is the largest all-indoor consumer boat show in the western United States with more than a half-million square feet of new boats and marine accessory products and services all under one-roof.  The L.A. Boat Show is presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California and produced by the Southern California Marine Association established in 1956.