In 2020, COVID-19 caused Major League Soccer to cancel its regular season due to the pandemic which included the all-star and championship games. MLS pioneered a new type of sports event: bringing 26 clubs to Orlando for an eight-week tournament within a bubble adhering to strict COVID protocols.
TMS was contracted with just two weeks to plan and provide customized, flexible transportation logistics, parking planning, and management solutions for all MLS players and staff throughout the tournament.
The tight timeline and complexity of planning a first-time tournament of its size during a pandemic introduced unique challenges. TMS designed a complex transportation and parking system, comprised of 52 buses and seven contract bus companies from local markets that all maintained rigorous health and safety procedures.
With each team’s schedule remaining fluid throughout the event, many match schedules were provided less than 12 hours in advance. TMS was responsible for organizing and communicating changing information seamlessly with all vendors and stakeholders.
Responsibilities of the contract included:
“We are big fans of TMS. They have come in and supported us during challenging and critical times. They make an effort to learn our business and what our priorities are. They know who’s getting on the bus and for what reason, and they customize their experience based on that. Some vendors/agencies are just worried about getting people from A to B, and that’s not the case here. They really think through the whole experience.” – Jen Maurillo, SVP, Events at Major League Soccer
The pandemic introduced unique challenges to the event industry. TMS’ dedicated team developed a custom transportation solution while maintaining rigorous health and safety protocols to deliver transportation services with a two-week turnaround time.
Learn more about how TMS can assist with your sports transportation and parking management needs.