December 13, 2023 | Sports Destination Management
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Sports Tourism Tailgating

Weed Growing into Sports Tourism via Tailgates at Pro and College Games

What profit margin is getting high? The one for cannabis tourism; it now has its own nonprofit trade organization (the Cannabis Tourism Association International) and a growing roster of members. And little by little, cannabis is seeping into sports tourism. The latest point of entry? Pre- and post-game tailgates at both the pro and college levels. more

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Experience Sports and Southern Charm at Rocky Mount Event Center

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 home to Eastern North Carolina's premier sports and entertainment venue: the Rocky Mount Event Center. Learn more about this thriving establishment right here. more

Experience Sports and Southern Charm at Rocky Mount Event Center
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Take the Win Hosting Your Next Sporting Event in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Take the Win Hosting Your Next Sporting Event in Fort Wayne, Indiana

As the second largest city in Indiana, we're geared up to host sporting tournaments and professional championships of any kind! more

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In other news and commentary...
From Huddle to Helmet, Athletes Who Are Deaf Are Gaining Yardage

Little known fact: Gallaudet University's football team invented the huddle in 1894 because, in playing other teams who were deaf and hard of hearing, they did not want anyone to see their plays, communicated in ASL. More than a century later, Gallaudet's athletes are gaining more ground, with plays that show up on a screen inside players' helmets. more

Battles Brewing Over Right To Light Sports Facilities

It's a decades-old conundrum: Lights at outdoor sports facilities in residential areas distract neighbors, who complain about (and sometimes campaign against) construction projects and light pollution. That grumbling continues, even after lighting manufacturers and suppliers have introduced visually friendlier (and more energy-efficient) options. more

Study: Body Image Concerns A Major Factor in Kids Quitting Sports

Here's something that may or may not surprise you (and either way, it's a sobering fact): Body image issues, social media, gender biases and coaching styles may be causing young athletes to quit sports, according to new research presented by Nemours Children's Health at the 2023 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition. more

More People Signing Up (and Lining Up) for Marathons

More people are signing up for (and lining up for) marathons, not just in the USA but worldwide. That's downright astonishing news, considering news outlets just a year ago were saying road racing had not rebounded, and were citing shifting priorities, lingering pandemic health concerns and inflation as primary reasons. What's behind this new trend? more

Is It Still the Belmont Stakes If It's Not at Belmont Park?

Is the Belmont Stakes still the Belmont Stakes if it's not at Belmont Park? (Probably, since the winner gets the August Belmont Trophy.) The third jewel in racing's triple crown will be hosted at Saratoga Race Course in June of 2024 and 2025 while the park undergoes renovations. What effects will the move have on the economic aspects of the race? more

Meet SDM's 2023 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

Powerful and innovative. Those are two words that we have long associated with this industry. And in previous years, we have learned two more: Determined and resourceful. It takes all four of these qualities to bring events to life. This year's honorees, our 2023 Champions in Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, have lived up to all those superlatives. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: Barber Beast on the Bay

Inside Events: Barber Beast on the Bay

Obstacle course races and mud runs have increased in popularity, but there's only one event in the country that has a one-mile adapted course for adults with intellectual disabilities and a finish line that coincides with the event's 10-mile course so that all participants cross the finish line together. Learn about the Barber Beast on the Bay here. more

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Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management

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November/December 2023

We're in the homestretch of the year, and that brings us, once again, to our awards issue. The 2023 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism (who collectively brought in nearly $1 billion), are not only a great refresher course on all of the reasons we do what we do in this industry, they're an inspiration to persevere and innovate. Together, event owners show us not just power and strength but determination and resourcefulness. It is, after all, with all of these qualities that economies benefit, memories are made and champions are born. more

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