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#189: August 17, 2022
How Venue Managers Can Prepare for Emergencies

How Venue Managers Can Prepare for Emergencies

It's an exciting time for students as fall quickly approaches. A new school year resembles a renewed chance at glory for sports teams. At the same time, safety issues are moving front and center as managers become more cognizant of safety issues and security concerns. Here is a reminder of what should be taken into consideration. more

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Indoors and Out, Colorado Springs Proves Its 'City for Champions' Status

Now that Colorado Springs has completed its City for Champions project, an unprecedented, multi-year undertaking that resulted in the development of five new venues designed to drive sports tourism, Olympic City USA's already shiny status has become even more golden. Learn about the advantages that await event owners, athletes and spectators. more

Indoors and Out, Colorado Springs Proves Its
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Stay. Play. Treat. Repeat.

At the crossroads of Chocolate Town U.S.A. and the Keystone State's Capital City, the Hershey Harrisburg Region blends world-class experiences and conveniences with historic charm. It's where events turn into getaways and where success is measured not just by medals, but by memories - and where you should host your next sports and events moment. more

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In other news and commentary...
"Airmageddon:" Lost Luggage Claims Double, Wreaking Travel Havoc

It's every traveler's nightmare and it's on the rise. More bags are reported being lost and delayed in air travel. In fact, the figure of (ahem) mishandled luggage is more than double that of last year. Airlines are blaming a surge in travel, coupled with a shortage of workers. Travelers, who are waiting weeks for their bags, just want resolutions. more

You're Not Imagining Things: Hotels Have a Shortage of Staff Members

This summer, while pools and water parks cut back on hours because of a shortage of lifeguards, the hotel industry was soldiering through its own shortage - that of employees in housekeeping as well as in other areas. It's so bad that the American Hotel & Lodging Association has a campaign to recruit new workers. Plus: Who needs new towels daily? more

Motor Sports and Breakdancing? They're Finalists for Inclusion in LA 2028

A recent announcement that flag football will be campaigning for Olympic inclusion at Los Angeles in 2028 - well, it must have landed on the right ears. That sport, plus eight others (motorsport, cricket, karate, baseball/softball, lacrosse, breaking, kickboxing and squash) are on the IOC's shortlist. What we don't know is how many will be chosen. more

Nationwide Spate of Pool Break-Ins Lead to Drowning, Vandalism

The summer began with significant lifeguard shortages nationwide, and it winds down with public pool safety once again in the news. A spate of after-hours break ins has resulted in vandalism and, in at least once case, death by drowning. Obviously, those "No Trespassing" signs aren't doing the job. Can anything (short of cooler weather) help? more

Beat the Heat: Event Owners Need to Protect Athletes

As temperatures climbed to make 2022 rank among the 10 warmest years on record, some sports events organizers, seeing health and safety problems, shortened, postponed or outright cancelled events. But with an increasing focus on health and safety issues, spurred by news of the deaths of young athletes, even more precautions are being advised. more

Enter NOW: Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

SDM has opened nominations for its awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, to recognize events held over the past year that have helped our industry continue to be the nearly $50 billion force that it is. We know you have questions, and we've tried to answer them in advance. Read here to learn more and to enter your event! more

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July/August 2022

July/August 2022

If there is anything good to be said about 2020 (and parts of 2021 - although largely, there is very little good to be said), it was that people rediscovered they could head outdoors to get their exercise. We bring this up because sometimes, in the arms race to build better facilities, we lose sight of what's around us, and what Mother Nature has built. In this issue, you'll find plenty of focus on those venues: lakes, trails, beaches and more. We hope you'll take the time to explore those features - as well as the other great articles in this issue. more

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"It's a mere moment in a man's life between the All-Star Game and an old-timers' game."

~ Baseball broadcaster Vin Scully who died on August 2 at age 94

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