July/August 2023 | Sports Destination Management

July/August 2023

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In this issue, we reach midsummer and my favorite time of the year: the opening of awards season. SDM wants its readers to nominate events for the program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Our industry is a force to be reckoned with, and you have played a role in it, so please take a moment to enter. This industry also showcases lacrosse, running and road sports and combat sports (all three of those have ancient roots) as well as a newer sport with a North American pedigree: cheer, and sports venues made by nature. Happy reading.

In this issue

Alachua County, Florida Celebrates Opening of Alachua County Sports and Events Center at Celebration Pointe

BY: Michael Popke

The goal of the new Alachua County Sports and Events Center at Celebration Pointe in Gainesville, Florida, is “to change the culture of sports one athlete at a time.” But it’s also changing the local sports landscape and according to Joleen Cacciatore Miller, Executive Director of the Gainesville Sports Commission, it has been 20 years in the making. more....