June 27, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #87: June 27, 2018

Legislation on Summer Practices Follows Athlete Deaths

It's a paradox: the parents and coaches who run onto the field after a helmet-to-helmet incident are the same ones who shrug off summer heat during football camp. But following the high-profile deaths of some young athletes, there is growing awareness of the dangers of heatstroke. Increased legislation is coming and event owners should be ready.

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Destination Spotlight

Irvine Ups its Sports Destination Game

Dave Lucey repeats himself a lot these days, but he doesn't mind. "The new Orange County Great Park Sports Complex is 194 acres - more than twice the size of Disneyland," the sales manager for Destination Irvine says about the facility that, by this summer, will boast a 2,500-seat soccer stadium, 25 lighted tennis courts, seven softball and baseball diamonds, six lighted multi-purpose fields and five sand volleyball courts. The city has some other impressive numbers: 4,700 hotel rooms and more than 280 sunny days a year. Learn about the community that has welcomed high-profile events, from Olympic swimming (in 1984) to the Softball Champions Cup 18U Junior Olympics Showcase and the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics (both in 2017).

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Odessa, Texas: The Home of Friday Night Lights Welcomes New Addition to the Football Family

The Permian Basin, an oil-rich area, brings thousands to work in the field. But the community and its passion for sports convinces them to stay. Get to know the home of Friday Night Lights - and so much more.

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In other news and commentary...
World Equestrian Games Could be a Game-Changer for North Carolina

By the time the World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Tryon Equestrian Center in North Carolina are off and running in September, more than 500 construction workers will have put in major infrastructure including a new stadium, a resort hotel, condos and apartments. The digs for horses are pretty good too.

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United Bid Won the Right to Host 2026 World Cup - But What's Next?

It took only hours after FIFA's big announcement for cities named as potential hosts for 2026 World Cup action to start talking themselves up. No word of the 10 final cities is expected until at least 2021 but that hasn't stopped the pundits from placing their bets.

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A Tax on the Roaming Gnome? Legislation Could Fund More Venues

A tax on the roaming gnome? The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board could see a new sports complex if legislation is passed to subject Internet booking sites like Travelocity and Orbitz to a hotel tax, adding a possible $20 million to Pennsylvania's tourism budget.

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Drone Sports Flying High

What's up in the drone world? Its World Cup is on and its appeal is growing. An array of venues, from NFL stadiums to disaster training centers to abandoned malls, will host the rapidly proliferating number of competitive events. Here's the lowdown on this high-flying sport.

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Storm-Prone Caribbean Destinations Begin Offering Hurricane Insurance

The Caribbean knows when to drop back and punt. After being slammed by two major hurricanes last season, the area is looking to lure travelers with a hurricane guarantee to guard against undue losses caused by weather-related cancellations or delays. Can it help? Here's what event owners should know.

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Goat Caddies and Cardio on Course: Upping the Fun Factor to Boost Golf Play

With the disheartening news that golf rounds are down significantly, event owners are looking for ways to welcome players and prove the sport - even in a competitive format - can be fun. From using 15-inch holes on the course to hiring goats to carry clubs, here's a roundup of ideas.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Deaf Sports Federation

USA Deaf Sports Federation, the national governing body for deaf sports organizations, doesn't just facilitate competitive opportunities for athletes with challenges. It serves the higher purpose of providing social interaction: the biggest win of all, according to organizers. Meet USADSF and learn what it offers cities - and individuals.

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May/June 2018

May/June 2018

A fascinating aspect of our industry is the way the moving parts - event owners, destinations, venues and services - create the dynamic whole. This issue bears that out, with insights from all corners. You can learn not just about sports (we're highlighting baseball, track & field and fishing) but about hot-button industry topics (sports for senior athletes, creating the athlete relationship and maximizing economic impact). In addition, we've honored longtime favorites in our industry, with the Reader's Choice Awards. Who's being recognized? Read on to find out!

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