World Games Leaves Financial Train Wreck, Reigniting Hosting Debate
The best that can be said is that this is a case study of how not to operate. At the worst, it's an indicator of why cities are shying away from hosting international multi-sport events. Birmingham, Alabama was left with a $15M-plus deficit after the recent World Games, with most of that owed to local vendors. (And the Olympics leave behind even higher bills).
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Rocky Mount Event Center: Situated for Success
Located just an hour east of Raleigh, North Carolina is the southern-charmed city of Rocky Mount. Not only does this manufacturing hub offer beautiful parks and authentic attractions, it is also home to Eastern North Carolina's premier sports and entertainment venue: the Rocky Mount Event Center, a 165,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.
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| Local 'Ghosts' Bring Field of Dreams to Life |
Just prior to the inaugural MiLB at Field of Dreams game, a group of men wearing 1919 Chicago White Sox uniforms emerged from the same cornfield depicted in the movie. And according to MiLB's Benjamin Hill, members of this pinstriped contingent were the Ghost Players, a group that played a huge role in making Dyersville the "it" baseball destination.
| Get Your Bid On: United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King Cup |
Here's an opportunity for those who want to attract a top-tier tennis event. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is seeking a host for a possible Billie Jean King Cup Qualifying tie event in early 2023. The BJK Cup is a women's team tennis competition featuring 100 nations and should this event become necessary, the right host will benefit.
| College Triathlon Continues Movement Toward NCAA Championship Event |
Six months have passed since women's college triathlon hit the 40-school mark, making it eligible to take the remaining steps in order to be declared a championship sport. In fact, the 41st school just joined the program roster. What is next as the sport moves toward that status and what does it mean for the destinations that host multisport events?
| Serena's Announcement Drives Ticket Prices Through the Roof of Arthur Ashe |
Expect this year's US Open in New York to see record crowds, considering six-time champion Serena Williams is expected to have her last professional court appearance there. In fact, tickets for upper-deck seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium (normally $35) are going for upwards of $7,000 each on TicketMaster. And that's just opening night. Learn more here.
| Football Helmet Shortage Puts Friday Night Lights On Hold |
Supply chain problem are not new; however, this problem is just popping up. High school and youth football helmets are in short supply, something that has led to cancelled games and safety concerns. Leading supplier Riddell has been hard hit. Components for helmets that need repair are also in short supply, meaning existing equipment can't be used.
| 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!
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Inside Events: Chess Olympiad
Summer brought plenty of sports news. One big story unfolded internationally, as the first live, across-the-board Chess Olympiad was held since the pandemic. FIDE, the sport's international governing body, says chess is poised for an explosion in popularity. Learn about the event that brought in worldwide teams - and where it will be in the future.
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