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Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports Destination Management


Mary Helen Sprecher

Mary Helen Sprecher is the managing editor of Sports Destination Management. She has been a technical writer for more than 40 years with the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, and as such, has written for a variety of magazines in the sports and fitness industry. Sprecher has written on various topics relating to sports facility design, construction and supply, as well as sports medicine and health issues.

Previously, she was a full-time newspaper reporter in Baltimore, Maryland and has been an instructor in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Goucher College, where she taught meeting and event planning courses.


Article | May 12, 2021
Bringing Fans Back to the Stands   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Just like the rebound itself, spectator numbers in sports events are, well, all over the map. But everyone agrees fans are essential.


Article | May 12, 2021
Blazing a Path Forward In Alabama   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Youth sports are ready to surge forward. What it has been lacking, however, has been a template. Alabama might just be that template.


Article | May 12, 2021
Trends and Signposts: The Recovery Road Map   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There are plenty of indicators that recovery is underway, and that sports are helping lead the charge into the post-vaccination economy.


Article | May 9, 2021
Up for Bid: The CrossFit Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

What event offers high visibility with a minimum of venue investment, creates excellent community engagement with multiple ancillary activities –...more >>


Article | May 9, 2021
“It’s Poolmageddon:” Now in Short Supply, Chlorine is the New Toilet Paper   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Chlorine is the new toilet paper. Whereas last year, we had the panic purchasing of bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer, this summer’s hot commodity...more >>


Article | May 9, 2021
The Upstart PGL Wants to Kick Off in 2022 But Will Destinations Host It?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Despite objections from the PGA and the distraction of 2020 as a whole, the Premier Golf League has reared its head again. And it’s offering some...more >>


Article | May 8, 2021
The Real ID Act Has a New Deadline: May 2023   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s due in 2020. No, make it 2021. Oh, just move it to 2023. The Real ID Act, intended to establish minimum security standards for state-issued...more >>


Article | May 7, 2021
Inside Events: Fishers of Men-Realtree Fishing High School Angler Series   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

A little more than three decades after it first debuted in the bass fishing tournament market, the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail is...more >>


Article | May 7, 2021
With Event a Year After Shutdown, Palm Beach Comes Full Circle   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Back in March, when some event owners were just tiptoeing back into the game, Palm Beach County was hosting the Tim Rand Invite, with 850 youth...more >>


Article | May 7, 2021
With 100% Spectator Capacity, KC Monarchs Ready to Take the Field   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

“Take me out to the ballgame/Take me out to the crowd…” That second line is about to reverberate loud (very loud) and clear in Kansas this...more >>


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