#159: May 26, 2021
In West Michigan, New Sports Complex Has Built-In Success Story

In West Michigan, New Sports Complex Has Built-In Success Story

The ceremony to herald the naming rights on the baseball and softball complex in West Michigan was one more chapter in a success story that started long before 2020 - but it also celebrated the way the area came through a hard year and emerged victorious. Learn about the tournaments that call the area home, strategies for success and more, here.

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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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Survey Shows Youth Sports Parents and Players Ready to Travel

Here's some great news, and not just for the hotel industry, either. A new survey of youth travel sports participants shows more than 90 percent of respondents are comfortable staying in a hotel for tournaments that require overnight stays, and 75 percent say the pandemic did not affect their travel plans or travel habits for attending tournaments.

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Youth Football Predicted to Retake the Field in Fall 2021

A few years ago, the biggest worry was a dip in the number of high school boys playing football, a perennially popular sport. Fast-forward to today and we see a sport on a rebound, as well as plenty of indicators that tell us not only that kids want to play but that parents want them to - and that plenty of scouts are out there looking for them.

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Up for Bid: NAIA's Football and Cross Country Championships

NAIA has two outstanding events bidding for multiple years. And while both bids are due on Tuesday, June 1, they represent great pieces of business for interested cities. Learn about both the Football National Championships, as well as the Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships, and find all the documentation you need - right here.

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With Successful FIBA Event to Its Credit, Puerto Rico is Back in the Game

The earlier in 2021 a successful event takes place, the more impressive it is. In February, Puerto Rico hosted the final qualifier for the FIBA AmeriCup 2022. The event at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum took place in a bubble format - but still generated a noteworthy $450,000 in hotel revenues. Learn how it was done and what the take-aways are.

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Uproar Over Cancellation of NCAA Golf Regional Leads to a Pop-Up Event

Uh-oh. Does the NCAA have a bait shop? Because it opened a can of worms, and this time, not about the Confederate Flag or NIL issues. The organization cancelled its women's golf regional in Baton Rouge over the course being wet, leading to an all-out explosion from college golfers and pros. Then another venue offered to take up the slack and host.

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Athletes with Down Syndrome in National Events Represent New Market

Here's something that doesn't happen very often - but it should. In the last six months, two athletes with Down Syndrome have made it to the national stage - one by completing the IRONMAN and one by competing in a collegiate golf championship. They're not the only ones. Here's what event owners need to know, and how they can welcome this demographic.

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Inside Events: Homeschool SportsNet

Inside Events: Homeschool SportsNet

In homeschooling students, education is only half of the equation. Many lessons that are learned take place on the courts, the fields and in other athletic facilities. As homeschool teams have proliferated, Homeschool SportsNet (HSPN) has worked to connect teams with opponents and to help locate coaches and to organize championships. Learn more here.

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In Huntsville, Alabama, the Rocket City Trash Pandas won in their home opener and first-ever game at Toyota Field on May 11. Photo courtesy of Cristina Byrne/Rocket City Trash Pandas | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management

May/June 2021

May/June 2021

In this issue is some of the best advice you'll find anywhere, and it's because of the industry experts who contributed their time, their knowledge and their insights. This industry has perhaps the most in-depth knowledge base anywhere - and the fascinating thing is that so many people relate it in stories - things that have happened during competitions, people they've met and what they learned as a result. As we head into summer, it is our hope that this issue will help guide you along as we move out of the darkness that was the last year and toward better, brighter days.

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