Find Your Place in the Sun in Asheville!
If you haven't yet considered Asheville, North Carolina as your next tournament host site, you're missing out on a lot. In addition to great weather and warm southern hospitality, this area is a dynamic, award-winning destination, filled with ideal venues and a backed by a welcoming community, with plenty of nice surprises for those who visit.
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|Youth Sports Are Back. Officials Are Not.|
Sports are back. Officials aren't. And while the shortage of referees, judges and officiants isn't exactly new, it has reached crisis proportions since 2020. Older officials are retiring and new ones can't be found - usually because of the abuse they face from those who differ with their judgments. It's so bad that events are being cancelled and moved.
|What the Heck is a Diplomatic Boycott Anyway?|
When threats to boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing were first tossed around, athletes cringed. It might have four decades since the U.S. opted out of the 1980 Games (an unpopular decision that former President Jimmy Carter still won't discuss) but the chagrin was alive and well. Now, there's a movement afoot for a "diplomatic boycott." Say what?
|Much More Modern: Modern Pentathlon Dropping Equestrian Component|
Modern pentathlon is becoming more, well, modern. The sport is dropping its equestrian component, reportedly in favor of cycling. It is not yet known whether this will make the sport more accessible to amateurs - who still need to master fencing, cross-country running, shooting and swimming. The change stems from an incident at the Tokyo Games.
|A New Sport Nobody Wants: Illegal Street Racing|
Life imitating art? The Fast & Furious 9, released early last summer and the first Hollywood movie to gross more than $700 million since March of 2020, appears to be fueling a disturbing trend that picked up speed in 2021: illegal street racing. The activity often can turn fatal not only for motorists but also for pedestrians, runners and cyclists.
|Up for Bid: Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2023, 2025 and 2027|
The beach is calling. Are you ready to answer? The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (2023, 2025, 2027) are up for bid and those interested have until November 30 to make their interest known. The last edition achieved a cumulative audience of 158 million viewers worldwide, across 77 broadcasters and 112 countries. Get in on the action here.
|6 Ways to Perfect the Flow of Parking at Large Capacity Events|
One aspect of being back, and one that few venue operators have been prepared for, is a new normal when it comes to parking. From disinfection protocols, ridesharing and online reservations and payments, the parking process offers an opportunity to improve the customer experience and streamline operations. Here are six ways to work smarter.
Inside Events: Main Attraction Recreational Sports (MARS)
Adult kickball tournaments? Get ready to meet the Turf Wars, put on by Main Attraction Recreational Sports (MARS). By tapping into the great memories of childhood for twentysomethings and up, this event owner is on the cusp of a viral sensation with recreational and competitive play in various divisions. Learn how events work and where they're hosted.
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
What a long, strange trip it's been. The Grateful Dead used that wording in 1977 and it is just as accurate today. We have been through 2020 (enough said) and now we're ending 2021 and ready to celebrate. But we don't just celebrate the big numbers. We celebrate our strength. Strength, we have learned, is not born out of aggression; it is a kind of peace that comes with knowing you have faced the worst and that, moving forward, you can deal with whatever life hands out. It's time to congratulate those who were instrumental in our comeback.
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