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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 25 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 | August 7, 2019
Shifting Travel Priorities: What Event Owners Need to Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Fashion says white is the new black. Senior games enthusiasts say 60 is the new 30. And according to a study of travelers, security is the new...more >>


Article | August 7, 2019
Synthetic Sports Fields Not a Significant Danger, Says EPA Report   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Those who want to blame synthetic fields for the evils of the world are going to be disappointed, according to the EPA. Late last week, the agency...more >>


Article | August 7, 2019
With New Injury Study, the Issue of Women’s Lacrosse Helmets Rears its Head   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While everyone agrees helmets prevent injury, the chance of them becoming a requirement in girls’ and women’s lacrosse remains remote. Can a new...more >>


Article | August 7, 2019
New Report Provides Template for Building the Perfect Esports Arena   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In the arms race to build the best inventory of sports venues, cities with purpose-built esports facilities are marketing themselves as having an...more >>


Article | August 7, 2019
In Fortnite World Cup, Esports Puts Money Where its Mouse Is   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Esports is a force to be reckoned with. At the end of July, the fledgling sport put its money where its mouth (mouse?) was and proved doubters wrong....more >>


Article | August 7, 2019
Data Breaches Are Big News and Bigger Trouble. Here's How to Prepare   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Last week brought the unsettling news of the latest data breach, this one involving some 100 million Capital One credit cards. This week, an online...more >>


Article | July 24, 2019
Extreme Heat Cancels, Reschedules Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If you can’t stand the heat…well, it’s pretty obvious many people, even athletes, can’t. And after plenty of news stories last summer in...more >>


Article | July 24, 2019
Barry Leaves Behind Flooding, Sewage – and Plenty of Cancelled Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As the first major storm of the hurricane season, Barry made a terrible impression. He barged in uninvited, overstayed his welcome and left a mess...more >>


Article | July 24, 2019
Storming Area 51 Won't Bag Aliens But Sports and Travel Skyrocketed   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Shoving aside the toxic headlines of the week was the refreshingly weird news that more than a million people had pledged to raid Area 51 in Roswell,...more >>


Article | July 24, 2019
The Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak in Atlanta: What Event Owners Should Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The nightmare of every venue and event owner is an outbreak of a life-threatening illness that makes headlines and, by extension, necessitates a...more >>


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