November 15, 2023 | Sports Destination Management
#219: November 15, 2023
USA Hockey

In Wake of Tragedy, Will USA Hockey Mandate Youth Throat Protection?

To track safety concerns in sports, consult autofill. With Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest, all you needed to do was type in “chest” and autofill helpfully added the rest of the word, protection. Now, with the death of Adam Johnson, following a skate cut to the throat, type in “neck” and you get “neck protection for ice hockey.” What's being done? more

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Rocky Mount Event Center: Situated for Success

Located just an hour east of Raleigh, North Carolina is the southern-charmed city of Rocky Mount. Not only does this manufacturing hub offer beautiful parks and authentic attractions, it is also home to Eastern North Carolina's premier sports and entertainment venue: the Rocky Mount Event Center, a 165,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. more

Rocky Mount Event Center: Situated for Success
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What Can Simi Valley Host? What CAN

What Can Simi Valley Host? What CAN'T Simi Valley Host is a Better Question!

What can Simi Valley host? Maybe the question should be: What CAN'T Simi Valley host? Multiple venues, hotels and more await you. more

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In other news and commentary...
How Can Sports Venues Develop Workarounds for Color-Blind Athletes?

A lot of time has been spent discussing how many advances have been made in designing sports venues to accommodate those with physical and developmental challenges. In one area, though, work is still needed: accommodating athletes with color-blindness (also known as color vision deficiency, or CVD). How are sports (and venues) trying to help? more

Meet SDM's 2023 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

Powerful and innovative. Those are two words that we have long associated with this industry. And in previous years, we have learned two more: Determined and resourceful. It takes all four of these qualities to bring events to life. This year's honorees, our 2023 Champions in Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, have lived up to all those superlatives. more

Sustainability Making Big Strides at Recent Running Events

How many times have you seen paper cups and wrappers littering the sidewalk near a water stop during a running event? Those days may be numbered, as more and more events begin embracing compostable cups and eco-friendly clothing, in an effort to be more sustainable. Here is the news on these and other measures being adopted. more

The NFL Sees London. The NFL Sees France. An Update on What Else It Sees

The NFL sees London. The NFL sees France. The NFL sees... Mexico, Spain, Brazil and everything else, apparently, as it searches for world domination. The league is reportedly eyeing more destinations in Europe for games in future seasons, and there does not seem to be a slowdown in sight. Here's what officials are saying about plans for 2024 and beyond. more

Get Your BID On: USA BMX National Series for 2025

Each year USA BMX hosts National Series Events at roughly 30 of more than 300 local clubs and venue partners. This is your chance to throw your hat in the ring to host one of these events. Don't have a track (yet?) USA BMX can help you with that as well. All you need to know is right here in this article. Get started now. Deadline is January 1, 2024. more

80-Year-Old Lifeguards? Cities Removing Barriers to Hiring

After three years of lifeguard shortages, cities are getting downright creative to keep their aquatic facilities open and their programs afloat. Some of the strategies from around the USA (yes, they are underway now, when many people are focused on the winter holidays) include training adults after they learn to swim and increasing pay exponentially. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: National Amateur Baseball Federation

Inside Events: National Amateur Baseball Federation

The National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) is the oldest continuously running amateur baseball organization in the country. It was founded in 1914, and in 2024, will celebrate its 110th anniversary. Recently, it hammered out an agreement with the City of Knoxville to make Christenberry Park its home complex. SDM talked to NABF to learn more. more

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Now through April 21, it's Aurora Season in Fairbanks, Alaska, meaning an uptick of tourists to view the Northern Lights at their finest. Photo courtesy of Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks | Instagram | X | Facebook

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November/December 2023

We're in the homestretch of the year, and that brings us, once again, to our awards issue. The 2023 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism (who collectively brought in nearly $1 billion), are not only a great refresher course on all of the reasons we do what we do in this industry, they're an inspiration to persevere and innovate. Together, event owners show us not just power and strength but determination and resourcefulness. It is, after all, with all of these qualities that economies benefit, memories are made and champions are born. more

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Last word...

"People want national championship banners. People want to talk about Indiana being competitive. How do we get there? We don't get there with milk and cookies."

~ College basketball coach Bob Knight, known as much for his explosive temper and profane outbursts as for championship titles.

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