|Issue #76: January 24, 2018|
Flu Epidemic Putting Sports Event Planners on Notice
Chicken pox. Measles. Mumps. Zika. Legionnaires Disease. Even plague. They've all threatened sports events over the past five or so years. Now, it's something much more commonplace, but no less threatening: the flu. And it's hitting schools - and youth sports events - with a serious punch.
Play in the Land of Possibilities
The domain name of "www.playportlandtexas.com" says it all. "We want people to Play Portland because we have so much to offer," says Mona Gandy, director of marketing and communications for the City of Portland, "and this is a wonderful place to be." With two outstanding venues, Municipal Park and the Sports Complex, the area is suitable for a variety of activities and chock-full of amenities that can guarantee a great sports experience. In the off-field hours, athletes and their families can explore Portland and the surrounding Texas coastline and its white-sand beaches, as well as swimming, fishing, beach-combing, windsurfing, camping, bird-watching and more, including golf with scenic views, a skate park, racquetball courts and more.
Open Up to Adventure: Snohomish County
Open yourself up to adventure in Snohomish County, Washington. It's the perfect backdrop for any sports event, and it's perfectly accessible as well: 15 miles north of Seattle, less than 100 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
|In other news and commentary...|
|Eight Cities, One Goal: Final Four|
Eight cities. Four years. One goal: Final Four. As the NCAA winds up to March Madness, it's also winnowing down the cities to host future events. The recent announcement of eight destinations shortlisted to possibly host the Women's Final Four from 2021 through 2024 has caused a storm of guessing.
|The Big Game By the Numbers: Super Bowl in Minneapolis|
It's time for office pools, overhyped halftime shows and the best commercials anywhere. And that means the Super Bowl. Yes, it's a domed stadium. Yes, the weather outside will likely be frightful. But who needs to worry about that when there are a lot of fun numbers at stake?
Inside Events: National Collegiate Equestrian Association
In 1998, Equestrian was identified by the NCAA and the Committee on Women's Athletics as an emerging sport for women. The mission of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association is to make it a full championship sport. Here's a full progress report on the sport, its athletes and its activities.
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The November/December issue not only heralds the end of one year and the beginning of another, but it brings the pinnacle of our work: the announcement of the winners of our annual awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Whether enormous tournaments or smaller niche sports, each award-winning event has a common denominator: they're good for the local economy. We have an excellent issue to showcase them as well, including features on tennis, volleyball, equestrian and rodeo. Open the issue and let the inspiration begin.
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