#156: April 14, 2021
Rental Car Shortages Are an Effective (But Annoying) Indicator of Recovery

Rental Car Shortages Are an Effective (But Annoying) Indicator of Recovery

Hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortages are so 2020. The new hot commodity is rental cars. Last year, rental car companies significantly downsized their fleets when travel was slow. Now, the industry is booming again and those companies are being caught short. Event owners can help head off potential problems and be prepared to suggest solutions.

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Southeastern Washington State's Dry Region Providing Year-Round Athletic Opportunities

There's a dry desert region in the Pacific Northwest (yes, really). It has plenty of space for water sports, sports fields that stay green all year-round for tournaments and even a burgeoning wine scene for parents, as well as (event owners, take note) the infrastructure to host plenty of events. Welcome to the Tri-Cities region of Washington state.

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Perry, Oklahoma: Youth Baseball

Perry, Oklahoma: Youth Baseball's Home Base

What's the very best way to design the very best youth baseball complex? Visit a host of venues. Take note of what works and what could be improved upon. Then bring home the best of the best ideas and put them to work. The result, for Perry, Oklahoma, has been the Perry BMAC Baseball Complex. Learn about the complex (and the destination) here.

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Running is Leading the Pack in the Comeback of Live Sports

It appears running is leading the pack when it comes to the rebound of sports. According to internal data from an online race management platform, the number of year-over-year race signup transactions returned to 2019 levels for the first time in a year - an indication that, as the company proclaims, "events are back." Read on for more good news.

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Take That Fight Outside: Boxing, Wrestling and Martial Arts Forgo Indoor Venues

Take it outside. That's what wrestling, boxing and martial arts are doing. Stymied by restrictions on indoor sports and wanting to return to play, many combat sports are moving their practices, workouts and yes, their tournaments to the outdoors. What started with high school wrestling is moving through other sports as well. Learn more here.

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Up for Bid: WBSC World Cups in Baseball, Softball, Baseball5

Fans are back. Baseball is back. Softball is back. You know who else is back? Any destination that gets to host one of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)'s championship events. WBSC has published new bidding guidelines for its Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 World Cups. All you need is here, waiting for a download. Batter up!

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Lacrosse Moving Toward a Spot in 2028 Olympic Program

Lacrosse will take the international spotlight when Birmingham, Alabama hosts the 2022 World Games next summer. But there's a lot more riding on that competition than a medal. Lacrosse was granted provisional status by the IOC in in 2018 and is on the path toward potential inclusion in the Olympic program at the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

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HVAC Issues Could Sideline Sports Venues, Even as Restrictions Loosen

Many states are beginning to loosen restrictions on sports and other types of indoor events, and facilities are more than ready. However, re-opening is more complex than opening the doors. Facilities managers need to follow industry best practices to ensure their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are safe for guests.

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Vaccine Passports: Just Explanations, No Hype

Travel is rebounding and with vaccines widely available, we can expect there to be more people flying - particularly since the CDC has given its approval to safe travel. Accordingly, a host of apps and programs, called vaccine passports, can help flyers consolidate their health information. Here is a rundown of some of those and how they work.

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Inside Events: USA Artistic Swimming

Inside Events: USA Artistic Swimming

This summer, artistic swimming will be among the featured sports at the Olympics. Team USA has medaled in the past, but its eight-person team hasn't qualified for the Games since 2008. However, 2021 could change that. Meet CEO Adam Andrasko and learn about the goals and mission of the organization, as well as the challenges the team has overcome.

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March/April 2021

March/April 2021

In this issue, we look at golf, swimming and diving, which, along with our other featured sport, soccer, are all showcased in the Summer Olympics. This year, the Olympics will see some new sports: karate, surfing, climbing and skateboarding. And in 2024, we'll have breakdancing. Sports will continue to evolve and change. This issue helps us move with those changes, with some great articles by incredibly knowledgeable members of our industry. As move into spring, let's commit to learning, to growing and to helping our industry evolve. If we can do that, everyone wins.

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