November 28, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #98: November 28, 2018

Amazon's Expansions: What Can Two New HQ Cities Mean to Sports Tourism?

The announcement that Amazon has selected two cities - Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia - to split its HQ2 dropped like a bomb on the economic development world this month. So, of course, sports tourism needs to ask: what's in it for us? The answer: a lot. more

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Destination Spotlight

Make This Your 2019 Sports Event Destination

Predictably sunny days and an incredibly hardworking Experience Columbia SC Sports team pair perfectly to provide an ideal planning experience for anything from football, baseball and basketball to quidditch, lacrosse and rowing. In addition to offering excellent venues for both indoor and outdoor events, the region is flush with regional parks and opportunities for outdoor adventures during downtime. With so many trails, gardens and Lake Murray nearby, it doesn't take long to get from the middle of town to what seems like the middle of nowhere. Athletes can escape the bustling city and wander amid fresh air, cool waters and old growth hardwood forest all year long. Learn about this destination, its staff and its many satisfied visitors. more

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Open Up to Dedication: Snohomish County

Welcome to PNW Sports and Snohomish County, Washington, where dedication to your successful event is our badge of honor. Snohomish County is 15 miles north of Seattle, under 100 miles from Vancouver, BC, and a short ferry ride from the Olympic Peninsula. more

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In other news and commentary...

SDM is proud to announce its 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism award winners. This year's Champions represent the most notable success stories, thanks to strong and lasting partnerships between event owners and communities. Learn about those partnerships and the events they produced. more

eSports Stadiums Helping Cities Land Tournaments

The baseball season might be over but in some cities, venues are still getting use - for eSports. As the demand grows, cities across the U.S. are building (or studying the possibility of) designated gaming facilities, with the goal of bringing in a piece of that very profitable pie. more

Pinning Down a Growing Trend: Women's Wrestling Leading to Uptick in Events

Women's wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has become the latest school to jump on the bandwagon. It's also the first public institution in the Midwest to offer it. Here's an inside look at the growth of the sport. more

Runners Race to Join Virtual Marathon Craze

The desire to run in the 2019 New York City Marathon motivated 500 runners to participate in their own 26.2-mile "virtual" marathons (no treadmills allowed). It's all part of a larger trend event owners are seeing (and capitalizing on) as runners use technology to take part. more

SafeSport: Will it Actually Protect Young Athletes or is it just Lip Service?

When Congress passed the the Safe Sport Act, the hope was that it would spur the prompt reporting of incidents to law-enforcement officials. Yet a recent opinion piece has claimed the act is fraught with problems: Few know it exists, it's not federally funded and may even be unenforceable. more

NFL Stadium Security Facing Tests on Multiple Levels - Will it Affect Event Owners?

Intense NFL rivalries - coupled with stadium fights and a lawsuit filed by an assaulted Dallas Cowboy fan - have placed increased attention on game-day security. And while it's high-profile sports that have been getting attention, there are take-aways for event owners at the amateur and youth levels. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: Urban Sports League

Participating in sports teaches lifelong lessons, and the Urban Sports League seeks to foster these in its participants. The organization which offers baseball programs in 88 urban centers nationwide, works to teach values that can translate into school and ultimately into adult society. Meet this inspirational group. more

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November/December 2018

November/December 2018

As we sprint toward the end of the year, a quick look back tells us 2018 has been quite a ride, full of highs and lows. And between all the milestones, we've done our jobs, each of us making up a part of the big machine that is sports tourism and the economy it has created. In this issue, we celebrate our 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. We also examine growing and emerging sports (pickleball and flag football) as well as equestrian and rodeo. Our industry thought leaders have also given us some excellent insights, making this issue worth your always valuable time. more

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