UMD Wins "Best of Awards" from Unique Venues

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Friday, December 13, 2019

The University of Maryland is proud to announce that, for the fourth consecutive year, they took home the Best Of award in the category "Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps".

The Best Of Awards, sponsored by Unique Venues, recognizes the standout campuses, conference and business centers, sports arenas, historical and cultural venues, camps and retreat centers, and other special event venues that made a lasting impression on guests. More than 55,000 planners that regularly use the services provided by Unique Venues to connect with nontraditional spaces voted in a total of 22 categories.

The University of Maryland offers unparalleled options for youth groups, including a suburban location near the nation’s capital with two-layer security and 8,000 beds plus two dining halls where younger attendees can convene together. “Each summer, sports camps run by Big Ten Conference coaches combine with college immersion, special studies, and STEAM programs to create a thriving campus,” said Joseph E. Criscuoli, Marketing, Sales, Publications & Outreach Coordinator for the Conferences & Visitor Services department at the university. One of the most notable is the Maryland Field Hockey Camp, held at UMD’s state-of-the-art field hockey turf facility since 1995 with instruction from current and former National & Olympic team members. “Our ropes challenge course, rock climbing wall, ice cream socials from the Maryland Dairy, and TerpZone facility are ‘must-do’ add-ons for any youth program,” adds Criscuoli. The university can also provide in-house motor coach charters that make ground transportation to nearby Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. a breeze for additional educational components.

The University of Maryland was also named a Runner-Up in the highly competitive "Best Venue for Weddings" category, owing to the triple threat of the Memorial Chapel, Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life, and the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. These three venues provide a unique range of spaces, environments and services designed to meet and exceed a wide variety of requirements. When combined with the university's catering operations, the University of Maryland quickly becomes a one-stop shop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. 

With the announcement of these awards, the Conferences & Visitor Services department has now
brought ten Best Of Awards to the University in just five years.


Winner "Most Easily Accessed Venue"
Runner-Up "Best Venue for Tradeshow/Exhibits"


Winner "Best Suburban/Urban Venue"
Winner "Best Venue for Youth/Sports Camps"


Winner "Best Venue for Unique or Locally Sourced Catering”
Winner “Best Venue for Youth/Sports Camps”


Winner "Best Venue for Youth/Sports Groups"
Runner-Up “Best High-Tech Venue"


Winner "Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps"
Runner-Up “Best Venue for Weddings"

About Conferences & Visitor Services
Conferences & Visitor Services (C&VS) is a unit in the Division of Student Affairs at the
University of Maryland. C&VS is a one-stop shop that coordinates campus meeting facilities and
the services of university departments for conferences and events during both the summer and the
academic year. In addition, C&VS offers meeting planning and registration services to programs
hosted by the University of Maryland.

About Unique Venues
Unique Venues has been the go-to source for non-conventional meeting and event venues, and
the planners looking for them, for the past 30 years. The marketing and membership company has
grown to be the largest online database in the U.S. and Canada with member venues including
colleges and universities, historical and cultural venues, arenas and stadiums, camps and retreat
centers, conferences and business centers and other special event venues. Services include free
RFP submissions, assisted searches and a quarterly magazine distribution that help planners find
the perfect fit every time.