February 11, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #4: February 11, 2015

Measles: Could it Hit the Sports Travel Industry?

First, mumps was threatening to put the NHL on ice. Now, it's another childhood disease, measles, that is making a comeback, as a result of exposure that occurred in Disneyland, of all places. And the repercussions are being felt all the way through the sports community. Could it happen in a youth sports event? There's every reason to think so.

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Destination Spotlight

'Do It All' in Deschutes, Oregon

Deschutes Fair and Expo Center, with its amenities and capabilities, has planners thinking outside the show ring and past the rodeo image. This multi-purpose arena located in Redmond, Oregon, can host everything from wrestling to motor sports, from gymnastics to basketball, and much more. In fact, not only does the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center have surprises at every turn, but its Central Oregon location has its own share of delights in store for event owners and organizers, athletes, families and fans. "Our slogan is, 'We really can do it all!'" says Roxia Thornton Todoroff, director of sales for the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center. "Sports events organizers will be amazed at everything we have to offer at our facility. But that's not all. This part of the state is amazing as well."

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In other news and commentary...
Game Over on the Turf War

In the timeline of the gender equity fight in professional sports, it's likely to be remembered as the "great turf war." And at the end of the day, no ground was lost -- or gained. The female soccer players who had protested the use of artificial turf in the Women's World Cup have withdrawn their complaint.

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Land Grab as Lawful Acquisition

When a city wants to host a big event but needs the facilities to do so, eminent domain becomes the preferred method of land acquisition. However legal it is, though, it always becomes a source of contention, and of hard feelings on the side of property owners. What might this mean to Boston as the U.S. bid city for the 2024 Summer Games?

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Birmingham to Host 2017 National Senior Games

Birmingham, Alabama, is on a winning streak. Having recently been named the site of the 2021 World Games, the city has announced it will also host the 2017 National Senior Games. The Senior Games are billed as the world's largest sporting event for people over 50, attracting thousands of competitors and spectators.

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Stanwood to Host Powerman North America Duathlon

POWERMAN North America has selected the City of Stanwood, Washington, to host one of its duathlon series event on Saturday, April 11, 2015. POWERMAN Washington Duathlon is the only West Coast qualifying event for the 2015 POWERMAN National Championship, which will be held in South Florida in late 2015.

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Inside Events

National Federation of State High School Associations

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, NFHS serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. NFHS publishes playing rules for boys' and girls' competition and administers fine arts programs. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

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January/February 2015

January/February 2015

Make a resolution to start 2015 the right way. The January/February issue of Sports Destination Management has the tools you'll need to create a better bid package, promote your event through targeted social media strategies and even learn about live-streaming events. We're covering the basketball facilities you just might be seeing this March, but this issue also brings you the chance to learn about the trends shaping winter events, the facilities of the Northeast and how BMX and skateboard events are gearing up for warm weather. We also have a special section highlighting up-and-coming destinations for sports. Get started by clicking now!

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