Men's and Women's Final Fours in the Same City? We Could Hear This Year
Sometime this year, the NCAA is expected to announce the sites for the 2027-31 men's and women's Final Fours. When they do, don't be completely surprised if both championships (at least for one year) are located in the same host city. No guarantees, though; finding the right city with enough venues and hotel rooms could be challenging.
Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas
Situated in West Texas in the foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains, El Paso is also known as "Sun City" due to its 300-plus days of sunshine each year. The great weather, top-notch sports venues and visitor amenities attract a broad array of events and athletes, and the city's revitalized Instagram-worthy downtown adds to the appeal.
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|Nationwide, Golf Courses Outline a Road Map Leading to Desegregation|
When Baltimore's Pitch and Putt Golf Club unveiled a monument, it wasn't to an historic course (though Carroll Park is certainly venerable in its own right). It commemorated the fact that the course was one of the few Black golfers could use, and the role it played in desegregation of sports facilities. Nationwide, contributions are being recognized.
|Even Without a Showcase in Beijing, Snow Volleyball Making Headway|
Back in 2018, snow volleyball made its debut as a showcase sport at the Olympics in Pyeongchang. These Olympics, it's not there but Jamie Davis, President and CEO of USA Volleyball, says the discipline is alive and well on the international level - and that the USA is a competitive force. Could it be a new Olympic sport in years to come?
|Women's Varsity Triathlon: ONE College Away from Championship Eligibility|
Could this possibly BE any closer? With the addition of its 39th program at Lake Superior State University, women's triathlon is almost at the point of being a full-fledged NCAA championship sport, since there is a 40-school requirement. What will a move to the championship level mean to destinations and events that offer triathlon competition?
|Grumpy and Triumphant: Wabasha's Grumpy Old Men Festival Returns|
Last year, Wabasha, Minnesota's Grumpy Old Men Festival had to be (wait for it) put on ice - although some events were presented virtually. This year, it is back, and the town of 2,700 is bracing to welcome visitors for ice fishing, cribbage, live music and of course, the Grumpy Old Plunge fundraiser. Learn more about the grumpy resurgence here.
|Get Your Bid On: 2023 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup|
US Youth Soccer is seeking a host for the 2023 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup. Wouldn't you like to play home field for an event that brings in at least 104 teams and uses upwards of 2,700 hotel rooms - not to mention extensive restaurant business? All you need to kick off your bid is right here. Deadline to apply is March 18, 2022.
Inside Events: Elliptical Cycling World Championships & Rally Weekend
Many have used an elliptical machine in a gym but this takes the workout to the next level. The Elliptical Cycling World Championships & Rally Weekend includes a competitive timed ride up Palomar Mountain that climbs 4,209 feet in just 11.69 miles. It attracts elite talent, too (Olympic marathon medalist Molly Seidel was the women's champion in 2020).
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
What's your New Year's resolution? If it involves becoming a stronger, better informed, more productive member of this industry, this issue can help. There are articles on insuring your event (and not falling prey to the problems that often occur), on rebranding (and marketing a new identity) - and on how adaptive sports have evolved (there's something every event owner can learn here). If you've wanted to find a host for basketball, esports or winter sports, we have some great possibilities. Plus, you can catch up with paddle and watercraft sports, as well as with ski mountaineering, a new discipline for the Winter Olympics. Let's make it a great year together.
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