April 27, 2022 | Sports Destination Management
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Speculation Puts Date for FIFA Announcement in June…at Least

Speculation Puts Date for FIFA Announcement in June…at Least

Still waiting for the decision on 2026 FIFA World Cup game hosts? The wait just got a bit longer. Yes, again. Some sources are saying an announcement will be made in mid-June at the earliest (it had previously been listed as April, then May). To complicate the issue, some changes have been made to bids put forth by candidate cities. Here's a synopsis.

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Destination Spotlight

This Convention Center is Always Ready For Action

Orlando, in addition to being the most visited destination in the USA, is home to the award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which boasts a total of 7 million square feet, hosts a wide variety of sporting events and also is gaining recognition for its extensive space, state-of-the-art amenities, commitment to safety and dedication to excellence.

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Play PNW Sports - Snohomish County, Washington

Play PNW Sports - Snohomish County, Washington

Snohomish County is in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Just 15 miles north of Seattle, Snohomish stands ready to provide big-city sports venues and possibilities at a fraction of the cost. Check out the Pacific Northwest and all it offers.

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Extra Innings for MLB's Field of Dreams: Another Game and a Sports Complex

A sequel to Field of Dreams? Not exactly - more like a continuation of the dream. After the success of last year's game in Dyersville, Iowa (a nail-biter between the Yankees and the White Sox that lived up to the hype), MLB is planning a game for this season. But wait! There's more. A youth baseball/softball complex is in the works on the same site.

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Ready to Bid? NAIA Has Six Championships Looking for Hosts

Ready to dive back into the hosting pool? Here's a slew of great opportunities. The NAIA is taking bids on six national championship events in football, men's soccer, competitive cheer & dance, men's wrestling, men's golf and women's beach volleyball. All the information you need, from facilities to hotels to rights fees, is in this article.

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Striking Back at Weather Events with an Electrical Storm Safety Plan

Bad luck struck (literally) for two people leaving a spring training baseball game last month as a thunderstorm rolled into the area. And as spring sports get underway, the very real possibility of lightning strikes becomes an issue. While there's no way of preventing bad weather, there are ways of detecting it. It all starts with a strategic plan.

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As Varsity Blues Scandal Closes Its Last Case, What Have We Learned?

With the April trial of USC Water Polo coach Jovan Vavic, the long-running saga of the college sports admissions scandal (dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" by the United States Justice Department) has come to a close. Has anything changed, though - and has anything really been learned? Here are the salient questions and the takeaways for event owners.

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Violence Against Youth Sports Officials Escalates Shortage Crisis

Last fall, the NFHS declared the dwindling number of officials available to work games a "national crisis." Since the 2018-19 school year, approximately 50,000 referees and umpires have hung up their whistles. Today that crisis has escalated, the result of increasing violence against officials at the hands of parents, coaches and even players.

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Strategies for Overcoming Flight Delays and Cancellations

It happens to everyone. Your flight is delayed or even cancelled. Problem is, you have a schedule to keep. What is the best course of action? Often, it depends on several factors: the airline, the reason for the delay or cancellation, your status with the airline - and your problem-solving ability. Here are some strategies from traveling pros.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Ripken Baseball

Inside Events: Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball's goal is to provide amateur players with an experience similar to those of big league athletes, and to create memories that encourage them to continue to enjoy and play the game. This year, it added tournaments in three new cities to its impressive repertoire. Here are some key insights into its growth, location choices and more.

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I'm a big believer in evolution, and for proof, I simply look to our industry. Sports evolve and the public's enthusiasm for them blows up as a result. One example is 3x3 basketball, covered in this issue. Knowledge evolves too. Don't miss our articles on topics like drawing up an effective proposal, negotiating with hotels and choosing a good medical provider for sports events. The features on golf, soccer and swimming/diving venues highlight new technologies and advancements that make for winning experiences, no matter what side of the scoreboard an athlete is on. Let's keep the growth - and our learning - going.

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