September 23, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #20: September 23, 2015

Papal Visit Wreaking Havoc on Sports Events

You'll occasionally hear that a sports event is on, "come hell or high water." Make that holy water. The visit of Pope Francis to select cities in the United States is wreaking havoc on traffic, as well as on pre-planned vacations - and it's about to cause headaches for sports event planners, too. more

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Destination Spotlight

Make Your Next Event MONUMENTAL

Want an event to be monumental? Unforgettable? Consider Gillette and Wright in Campbell County, Wyoming. Home to the all-purpose CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities, the Energy Capital Sports Complex baseball and softball complex, the Southern Campbell County Agricultural Complex, Campbell County Aquatic Center as well as state-of-the-art Recreation Centers in Gillette and Wright, Campbell County has a plethora of venues and enough versatility -- plus dependable weather -- to satisfy any planner. Outside the playing field, participants of any age will find plenty to do as Devils Tower, one of the nation's top scenic attractions, is just an hour from Gillette in addition to other family and outdoor opportunities. more

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Blizzard of Non-Ski Activities Boosts Marketability of Winter Resorts

Winter sports resorts are ramping up their facilities to bring in more events. In this case, though, it's not just slopes, snow cannons or even bobsled and luge runs that are getting the upgrades. It's the SCUBA facilities. The archery ranges. The ski golf courses. The go-karts. Why? One word: Families. Actually, two additional words. Economic impact. more

To Bring in More Business, Sports Venues Eying Retractable Roofs

Djokovic and Federer battling it out in the men's final? Meh. It was just a signal to the construction crews to make tracks to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center so they could get back to work on the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium. And while movable roofing isn't new, it's suddenly making sports facilities far more marketable. more

Street League Skateboarding to Bring Women Into Championship

For the first time ever, Street League Skateboarding will include a women's division for the title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion. This event is the official street skateboarding world championship as recognized by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF). more

Scottish Highland Games, Where Everything Old is New Again

Late summer and early fall mark the time for festivals with traditional Scottish games. In the U.S., there are approximately 50 large Scottish Games, without countless smaller events across the country. Some events are standalone, while others are held in conjunction with Renaissance fairs, ethnic fests and more. more

Inside Events

NIRSA-Leaders In Collegiate Recreation

Formerly known as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, NIRSA is the association of leaders in collegiate recreation. NIRSA organizes and promotes its Championship Series, with regional and national events in soccer, basketball, flag football and tennis, participated in by thousands of students each year. more

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September/October 2015

September/October 2015

The calendar is turning, and sports are moving along. It's time to start planning softball tournaments, so don't miss this roundup of some of the best diamonds in the country. The Summer Olympics in Rio will bring extra attention to water sports and to gymnastics - something else covered in these pages. You can learn about negotiating with venues, working with sports commissions and CVBs, event security and the newest trends in team travel. There are great articles on facilities in the Southwest and Pacific, and on facilities across the U.S. A new season of sports is here. Turn the page and get a sneak peek. more

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