#155: March 31, 2021
With a $6.5M Total Impact, Milwaukee Youth Volleyball Sets Up Comeback

With a $6.5M Total Impact, Milwaukee Youth Volleyball Sets Up Comeback

Sports Milwaukee and VISIT Milwaukee announced the return of youth volleyball to the Wisconsin Center in early March. Following a month's worth of weekend volleyball tournaments, we checked in with the new division's Director of Sports Development Marissa Werner to see how things were going. Among the findings: more than $6 million economic impact.

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Giant Bats & Solar Panels: Big Vision Drives Innovation at Ballparks of America

The iconic red roofs of the Ballparks of America complex in Branson, Missouri aren't just for show; they provide the setting for a massive solar array. With more than 1,000 south-facing solar panels strategically positioned to maximize sun absorption, the arrangement saves the the complex thousands of dollars in utility bills most months.

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Giant Bats & Solar Panels: Big Vision Drives Innovation at Ballparks of America
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Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland

Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland

Bring your tournament to Harford County, Maryland, and get the best - the best facilities, the best location and the best team to support it all! We know world-class sports and we've got plenty of fun too. Enjoy family-friendly activities, heart-pumping adventure, accommodating hotels and natural surroundings when you plan your sports events here.

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A Plague of Locusts? Venues, Events Brace for Cicada Swarms

Everyone is thinking about athletes returning to the field and fans coming back to the stands. Know who else is coming back, though? The 17-year cicadas. These big, noisy bugs are about to emerge by the trillions and while they don't sting or bite, they do stand to disrupt outdoor sporting events, from municipal tennis to professional golf. Learn more here.

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While Some Sports Wait to Take the Field, Senior Softball is Going Strong

While much of the attention on the comeback of organized sports has been paid to the professional, college and youth levels, another demographic group has been quietly carrying on with plenty of success but little fanfare: senior softball players. In fact, to these athletes, playing isn't a risk. It's a lifeline. Learn how they're getting it done.

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Swag for Dogs? Check. Cherry Blossom Race Keeps Participants Engaged

The Cherry Blossom Ten Miler may have been postponed but the cherry blossoms themselves are right on schedule. The District of Columbia expects an influx of visitors as people (safely) try to take in the view. And the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler has gone all-out to up the fun factor of its associated virtual race. What are the takeaways for event owners?

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NCAA Has RFP for Opening Rounds of Lacrosse and Tennis Championships

Want to jump back into the bid pool? NCAA has an RFP for preliminary rounds of all championships (Divisions I, II and III) in both tennis and lacrosse. Deadline for bidding on these hosting opportunities will be April 5 with sites being announced April 16. And keep an eye out for more news, since baseball and softball will go to bid soon as well.

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Up for Bid: NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships

It's time to get your BID on, this time for the NAIA's 2022 and 2024 Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships. The bid deadline is June 1 but don't wait - this is a good one. Learn how you can put yourself in the running to host an event with 300-plus runners, 1,500 fans and nice economic impact. More details can be found here.

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High School Sports Learning the Hard Way that Student Athletes Won't Wait

State high school associations are learning a hard lesson. If they don't allow kids to play their sports, athletes will move over to travel programs. In addition to combatting COVID fatigue by playing in locales with fewer restrictions, travel sports bring the likelihood of being seen by college scouts. Can schools stop the exodus or is it too late?

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Inside Events: NFL Flag

Inside Events: NFL Flag

NFL Flag is celebrating its 25th anniversary and doing so in style, with 500,000 participants. Flag football is one of the fastest-growing sports in the youth arena and is on track to be college sanctioned. Girls at the youth and college age level are a key growth sector. SDM caught up with Garland Cooper, VP of Operations, to find out more.

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March/April 2021

March/April 2021

In this issue, we look at golf, swimming and diving, which, along with our other featured sport, soccer, are all showcased in the Summer Olympics. This year, the Olympics will see some new sports: karate, surfing, climbing and skateboarding. And in 2024, we'll have breakdancing. Sports will continue to evolve and change. This issue helps us move with those changes, with some great articles by incredibly knowledgeable members of our industry. As move into spring, let's commit to learning, to growing and to helping our industry evolve. If we can do that, everyone wins.

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