June 15, 2016 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #37: June 15, 2016

Copa America Centenario: The 100th Anniversary, By the Numbers

It's like the World Cup, only held in more locations. With more tourism opportunities. And more impressive statistics. Copa America Centenario, currently topping the bucket lists of soccer fans worldwide, wraps up on June 26 after running in 10 cities. Economic impact should be all-time. Here are a few numbers.

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Destination Spotlight

Edmond, Oklahoma - Lazy E Arena Keeps Busy Hosting Premier Youth Rodeo

The world's largest indoor rodeo facility, the Lazy E Arena, is less than 10 miles from Edmond, Oklahoma. That alone would have been reason enough for the National Little Britches Rodeo Association to relocate its premier event, the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, from the Colorado State Fairgrounds to the Lazy E. But there's much more to the Lazy E than an outstanding arena space, stalls, spectator seating and more. The NLB Rodeo Finals will be nationally televised on RFD-TV, broadcasting to more than 60 million homes. Additionally, the Wrangler Network will stream the rodeo live, making even more people aware of what Lazy E and Edmond can offer.

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In other news and commentary...
Father's Day Tie-Ins Mean Economic Boost for Sports

Father's Day is this weekend, meaning kids (and grown-up kids) everywhere have a chance to redeem themselves by steering away from ties and coffee mugs. Sports event organizers hope they'll take the time to participate as athletes, or even to be fans in the stands, for that total dad/kid bonding experience.

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White Winter, Godzilla El Nino Have Ski Resorts in the Black

Ski resorts are hosting everything from mud runs to mountain bike races, but early reports show the winter of 2015/2016 brought a blizzard of economic impact. The Godzilla El Nino, a strong dollar and multiple capital improvements put into resorts in the Rockies and Western U.S. are getting the credit.

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Rain at Roland Garros: Could Covered Courts Help Paris 2024 Campaign?

When play at Roland Garros was washed out by rain for the first time in more than 15 years, organizers were asked whether a roof over center court might make the facility more likely to host play during times of inclement weather, and whether it could increase Paris' Olympics chances.

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What Do the Olympics Five New Sports Mean to Planners?

With the recent announcement that the IOC's executive board has recommended five new sports to be hosted at Tokyo during the 2020 Summer Games, the sports business world is being put on notice regarding a few trends that have the potential to affect the industry.

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In Rio, Investigators Open Probe Over Olympic Construction Projects

Because Rio needs one more controversy. Federal investigators in Brazil have reportedly expanded a probe into whether there was corruption involved when contracts were awarded for construction projects of venues for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics. And so far, it's looking dire.

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Finding Your Bag? There is an App for That

Waiting for luggage just got easier, thanks to a new app. Delta recently announced it has developed a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking system for luggage that will send flyers push notifications about the progress of baggage. The good news is it can track checked sports equipment too.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Powerlifting

USA Powerlifting is the leading powerlifting organization in the United States. USA Powerlifting is a member of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), the governing body of powerlifting internationally. The organization has competitions for youth, high school, collegiate, adults and masters at the local, state, regional and national levels.

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The Rio Games makes sports more meaningful this summer. A well-executed event gets more attention, more athlete visibility and more benefit for the host city. Want to put on a great event? We have information on senior games, keeping athletes happy, education for sports event planners and more. Plus, information on triathlons and track & field, equestrian - all the things you'll see in Rio, plus some other fast-growing sports and excellent destinations. Start your planning here and now.

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