Field of Dreams Game is Reality But Youth Ball Already Playing There
If you hype it, they will come, probably in droves. The long-awaited Field of Dreams game at the ballpark in the cornfield (yes, that cornfield) in Dyersville, Iowa, is on deck and being promoted heavily. The Yankees take on the White Sox on August 12. Hear the plans (including the special breakfast cereal) and the use of the venue for youth sports.
Pigs, Pickles and Planes in Goldsboro-Wayne County
Nestled in the heart of eastern North Carolina between Raleigh and the coast, Goldsboro-Wayne County is a destination with rich culture and a unique and compelling heritage. The area has deep military and agricultural roots - as well as legendary barbecue. In fact, destination officials sum up everything with the three big Ps: pigs, pickles and planes.
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|Rocky Top Sports World Makes Summertime News with Football Events
It's the peak of summer and for many, football might be a thought for the hazy future - but that doesn't include the staff of Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg. The destination held three youth gridiron events in June alone - and it's not done yet. Find out about the showcases and camps the facility is hosting and what its plans are for the future.
|By the Numbers: The AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships
When news broke that AAU's Junior Nationals were not just back but bigger than ever before (nearly 40,000 athletes were present from June 17-29, for example), it was cause for celebration in sports tourism - even among those who had not played a part in it. But how big, exactly, were the numbers it pulled down? Time to find out, with help from AAU.
|USA Field Hockey On The Move Again, Searching for New Home
Recently, USA Field Hockey announced its women's national team was relocating to a new temporary training site in Charlotte, North Carolina - the second such announcement in less than a year. In November 2020, it announced a move from Spooky Nook in Manheim, Pennsylvania, to The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken. SDM has the inside track on the moves.
|Capitol District Pole Vault Returns to Omaha
We've seen people flock into city centers to watch marathons and cycle races - but Omaha, Nebraska has something unique: the annual Capitol District Pole Vault, a two-day event with various age groups (and even a bring-your-own-pole open competition). Here's a bigger shock: other states offer these niche track & field events too. Learn more here.
|A Shortage of New Luggage is the Latest Problem Facing the Travel Industry
Forget toilet paper. The most significant shortfall facing the travel industry is luggage. A shortage of raw materials, a sudden (and we do mean sudden) uptick in travel combined with travelers needing to upgrade their bags (something put off in 2020) has left shelves bare and would-be buyers frustrated. Airline luggage limitations haven't helped.
|Up for Bid: NJCAA Football Bowl Games
Want to get back into the game and back into hosting? Here's a great way to get started. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is accepting bids for its November and December 2022 Football Bowl Games, each featuring two teams and more than 160 participants, as well as spectators. Ready to rebound? Get started by clicking here.
American Royal World Series of Barbecue
With upwards of 60,000 journeying to the Kansas Speedway, the American Royal World Series of Barbecue is the largest non-traditional competition in Kansas City, with competitors and tourists coming from around the world. The discipline of backyard cooking actually grew in 2020 to make 2021's event even bigger. As they say, MEAT the American Royal.
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management
How did you get your start in the industry? Were you a sports standout in school and wanted to stay connected to what you loved? Did you drift in from another profession, such as meeting planning or public relations? Maybe you majored in sports management in college. While we all have different entry points, we have a common denominator: mentors in the industry who guided us along. And they're still helping us out; this issue has some great advice on issues we're all grappling with and challenges we're all facing. Let's never stop learning, growing and pursuing excellence, particularly now as we emerge from the darkness into the welcome warmth of summer.
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