#150: January 20, 2021
Unlimited Spectators Now Welcome at Iowa High School Sports

Unlimited Spectators Now Welcome at Iowa High School Sports

There's nothing like the roar of the home crowd - in Iowa, anyway, where the governor has lifted the mandate that capped spectator attendance at youth sports games. This coincides with a drop in the number of hospitalizations for the virus. Could this be the start of the turnaround - or even a means of establishing Iowa as the new youth sports destination?

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Arizona's New Top Tournament Destination

The city of Surprise has everything planners need in a sports tournament destination, with nationally recognized facilities, year-round sunshine, plenty of fun things to do and an events team committed to success. And after hosting more than 100 events and tournaments per year, Surprise has a proven track record. Find your place in the sun here.

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Experience Foley, Alabama: The Lights, the Action, the Sports Venues!

Experience Foley, Alabama: The Lights, the Action, the Sports Venues!

Deep in the heart of the south, there's a city that unites the community with visitors. Where warm smiles and friendly people are abundant. Where the nearby glow of lights from the city's attractions echoes into the night sky. Where both locals and guests enjoy a brief moment to pause and enjoy it all. Welcome to Foley, Alabama.

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In David vs. Goliath, It's David Leading the Youth Sports Comeback

Remember the prediction that local tourism would be the first sector of the industry to rebound? It appears to be happening. Even more, it's backed up by data from the meetings sector, put forth by American Express, no less. In a David and Goliath world, it looks like David is leading the comeback - and he's bringing the business with him.

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NCAA Events Are Up for Bid: Get Back in the Game

Want a quick and important bidding opportunity? Who doesn't? How about one from the NCAA, to be hosted in spring of 2021? A number of events are going up for bid, starting immediately, but hurry - deadline for all bids to be in is January 25, 2021. All the information you need is right here to get off the bench and jump back into the hosting pool.

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Scoffing Tightened Restrictions, California Youth Football Hits the Field

The long and winding road of youth sports in California - stretching all the way to Arizona, then Texas and Florida, as event owners scrambled to host matches - just got longer. A recent surge in COVID cases has officials urging residents to limit all non-essential travel. Then two high school teams decided to play an unsanctioned football game.

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad March, and Indianapolis is Making it Happen

Not too many people say no to hosting NCAA championships, particularly when that opportunity is any game in March Madness, much less the entire tournament. Go inside Indy's work to get not just the event but to create a safe and secure environment for players and even spectators. Hint: There were a lot of moving parts to coordinate quickly.

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Up for Bid and Open for Business: USA Triathlon's Endurance Exchange, 2021-23

Ready to get off the sidelines and back into the game for sports and business? The opportunity is here. USA Triathlon is seeking hosts for its next Endurance Exchange in late 2021 or early 2022, then again in late 2022 or early 2023. 900-plus coaches, race directors, vendors, others will attend this week-long event. Want to host it? Start here.

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Stadiums and Ballparks Batting Cleanup as COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

First, we saw stadiums and arenas being designated as places to host voting in the 2020 elections. Now, we see them repurposed again - as places to give the COVID-19 vaccine to large numbers of people. And come to think of it, they're great sites - big, plenty of signage to lead to them, plenty of parking, handicap-accessible and they have restrooms.

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Inside Events: Four Square World Championships

Inside Events: Four Square World Championships

Four Square, the game found on playgrounds, has its own world championship and its own competitive following. It is one of the most easily set up sports and it's also one that merits your attention, particularly since it can be learned and played both in indoor and outdoor facilities. Dodgeball isn't the only playground game to hit the big time.

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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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