March 16, 2022 | Sports Destination Management
#178: March 16, 2022
Economic Impact Comes Flooding Back for Spring Training Cities

Economic Impact Comes Flooding Back for Spring Training Cities

Spring training cities in Florida and Arizona dodged a bullet with the MLB lockout. Even as training starts later than usual, hotels and restaurants can reap income. In other destinations, businesses that rely on game day traffic are looking forward to April 7, when the season officially opens. Here's a boots-on-the-ground view of what they might have missed. more

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Destination Spotlight

This Convention Center is Always Ready For Action

Orlando, in addition to being the most visited destination in the USA, is home to the award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which boasts a total of 7 million square feet, hosts a wide variety of sporting events and also is gaining recognition for its extensive space, state-of-the-art amenities, commitment to safety and dedication to excellence. more

This Convention Center is Always Ready For Action
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Play Between The Beach And The Bay in Wicomico County, Maryland

Play Between The Beach And The Bay in Wicomico County, Maryland

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Wicomico County is ideal for families traveling for tournaments and other sports events. more

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In other news and commentary...
Great News: Across the Board, Sports Are Trending Up

The news keeps getting better and better for the sports business industry, indicating favorable conditions for event owners. A recent report by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association shows activity in all age groups continuing to trend upwards. Pickleball was one of the fastest-growing sports but there's other great news as well. Read more here. more

Oh, Carp! Tournaments Targeting Invasive Fish Species

Everyone loves to see a villain in handcuffs. That's why fishing tournaments targeting invasive species remain so popular. And apparently, invasive carp are the new northern snakehead. Unfortunately, they're not as edible. But that hasn't stopped multiple states and fisheries from getting a crowd behind the mitigation measures. Learn more here. more

Get Your Bid On: 2024 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships

Looking to host? Here's a prime opportunity. The July 2024 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships are seeking a host in the eastern zone of the country. And according to some reports, the event can bring in upwards of $20 million for the right city. You have plenty of lead time on this one but it's never too early to start. more

The Sports Rebound: An Analysis of Cause and Effect

The Olympics were a good illustration of the resiliency of the sports industry - organizers used smart measures to keep all events moving. Closer to home, we're also seeing the resurgence of sports, driven by pent-up demand and a few other factors as well. Here's an in-depth analysis contributed by the West Michigan Sports Commission's Mike Guswiler. more

The Improbable Odds of a Perfect Bracket and More on March Madness

It's time for watch parties, office bracket challenges and screaming until one of your lungs flies out and lands on the bar in front of you. March Madness is back. And with selection weekend behind us, it's time to crunch some numbers along with all those wings and chips. Here are a few fun snippets for the weeks that stretch ahead of us. more

Survival Challenge Highlights Problem with Social Media in the Outdoors

Sometimes, not all publicity is good publicity. Social media can bring out the worst in those who venture outdoors, including people getting bitten taking selfies with rattlesnakes. Two “influencers” are in hot water with the national parks service in Canada after taking part in a 30-day ‘survival challenge' - within a park but without permission. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: Aloha Lacrosse

Inside Events: Aloha Lacrosse

Hosting over 50,000 players and 125,000 fans annually, Aloha Lacrosse is the oldest national lacrosse tournament company in the USA. From its roots in Maryland (it's still headquartered there), it built a nationwide network of tournaments that bring in excellent economic impact for communities and continues to look for new destination partners. more

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Thank you, Erie Sports Commission! In 10-degree weather on Feb. 19, 50 players enjoyed the inaugural Ice Chains Open Disc Golf Tournament. Photo by Paul Gibbens/Erie Sports Commission | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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March/April 2022

I'm a big believer in evolution, and for proof, I simply look to our industry. Sports evolve and the public's enthusiasm for them blows up as a result. One example is 3x3 basketball, covered in this issue. Knowledge evolves too. Don't miss our articles on topics like drawing up an effective proposal, negotiating with hotels and choosing a good medical provider for sports events. The features on golf, soccer and swimming/diving venues highlight new technologies and advancements that make for winning experiences, no matter what side of the scoreboard an athlete is on. Let's keep the growth - and our learning - going. more

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Fan Fact...

The highest price paid for admission to Coach Mike Krzyzewski's last basketball game at Duke on March 5 was $39,000 (for two tickets). The average ticket for that game cost $8,627.

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