#147: December 09, 2020
With Phoenix Stopping Tournaments, Event Owners Look to Texas, Florida

With Phoenix Stopping Tournaments, Event Owners Look to Texas, Florida

Youth sports are starting to bear an eerie and unpleasant resemblance to a wagon train of settlers trying to find a decent place to live - but encountering unhospitable conditions when they try to put down stakes. California event owners had moved to Arizona but were shut down by city council members. Now, they are considering Texas and Florida.

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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 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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Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland

Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland

Bring your tournament to Harford County, Maryland, and get the best - the best facilities, the best location and the best team to support it all! We know world-class sports and we've got plenty of fun too. Enjoy family-friendly activities, heart-pumping adventure, accommodating hotels and natural surroundings when you plan your sports events here.

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In other news and commentary...
News of Vaccine Brings Shot of Optimism to Sports Tourism Industry

The biggest news so far, unseating even the election, was the announcement that two companies had a vaccine in the works that, if approved, could be available within weeks. And that set off a nationwide chain reaction of optimism - and concern - in the sports, travel and hospitality industries. Could event owners require the vaccine? Would they?

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With 9,000 Runners, Marathon Proves Mass Participation Events are Possible

First, the London Marathon showed it was possible to host a world-class competitive event amid the COVID landscape. Now, the Shanghai Marathon has taken that one step further, hosting a whopping 9,000 runners. Find out how they did it, what precautions were taken, how they were received - and what our take-away should be - in this article.

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Open for Business and Up for Bids: Hype Nation, LLC

Want to kick 2020 to the curb in a big way? (Realistically, who doesn't?) There's a new volleyball brand in town looking for great places to call home. Hype Nation, LLC, launched just last month. Learn about the organization's strong sports tourism component, its focus on club volleyball and its readiness to work with destination partners nationwide.

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HV GamerCon Finds Success with Varied Program, New Format

"Pivot" is a word that has come into its own in 2020. And consequently, the organizers of events that can adapt to radically changed circumstances and still move forward (with success, no less) are nothing less than heroic. One of those is HV Gamer Con, a home-gown event that was honored in SDM's 2019 awards program. Learn how it adapted and what it did.

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Back to the Stands

What will it take to bring fans back to the stands - and for them to be comfortable enough to stay there? According to one expert, being safe isn't enough but seeing physical evidence of cleaning and disinfection can make all the difference. Learn about measures facilities can take to eliminate pathogens and restore the roar to the stadium.

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The Evolution of Apps is Helping Live Sports Events Rebound

Mobile app use has seen a drastic increase during the COVID pandemic, as businesses across every industry look for ways to connect with their consumers and engage their employees. Sports events are no exception. Apps for registration, check-in and information are leading the way in helping athletes and their families stay safer during events.

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Inside Events
Inside the Events: USA Team Handball

Inside the Events: USA Team Handball

One of the fastest-paced Olympic team sports is also, for the mainstream American audience, largely misunderstood. Team handball, which can be played indoors or outdoors (with the added attraction of a beach version) is found in colleges as well as in clubs across the U.S. It is governed by USA Team Handball - which recently got some exciting news.

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November/December 2020

November/December 2020

As we sprint toward the end of the year, it's a good time to reflect - not on the things we can't do but on the things we have learned to do differently. Not all change is bad, particularly if it brings learning. This issue has examples. From merchandizing to app design, from recurring events to arranging accommodations, much has changed. This issue also helps you keep current on the changes in a variety of sports, including squash, football, rodeo, equestrian, tennis, pickleball and even volleyball. Finish the year strong and get set for 2021.

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