American Event Owners Pulling Up Stakes and Moving to Saudi Arabia
It's ironic that in an age of "Buy American," event owners of sports tournaments usually held in the USA are pulling up stakes and moving the action to Saudi Arabia. The latest destination to lose out is Newport, Rhode Island, whose longtime event, the WTA Finals will shift to the Middle East. What else will move and why? (Hint: A lot more, and money.)
| Destination Spotlight
Watertown, SD: A Sporting Haven of Hospitality and Versatility
Nestled in the heart of South Dakota, Watertown emerges as a sports destination that stands head and shoulders above many others of its size. The city's claim to fame lies not only in its abundance of multi-purpose spaces, ball fields and golf courses but more importantly, in the warm embrace of its community, where hospitality is an art form.
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| Easy Winners on Court
With tennis and pickleball, the gains that started in 2020 have just kept going, with both sports popular at all levels and all ages (even pickleball, in which the estimated player age keeps trending downward). Expect even more growth as we see an uptick in the construction and renovation of great facilities nationwide. Here are just a few.
| After Bumps in the Road, F1 Race in Vegas Signs On for Second Year
Was the Formula 1 event in Vegas a photo finish or a flaming wreck? While the race was projected to have a $1.2 billion economic impact, it was not without its share of problems, many typical of a first-time event. We already know, for example, that F1 was forced to pump the brakes on its demands on Las Vegas in exchange for hosting an event there.
| The Home of Speedskating's Revival is...Milwaukee
The future of speedskating, a sport that many people probably don't think about outside of the Olympics, can be found in Milwaukee. That's the word from five-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist speedskater Bonnie Blair and Dave Cruikshank, the four-time U.S. Olympic speedskater and owner of a performance center for hockey players in the Brew City.
| 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.
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Inside Events: 5v5 Futsal
Futsal, or indoor soccer, has become a solid choice for outdoor players who want to hone their competitive skills during the downtime in cold weather. Small-sided format continues to increase in popularity, and as a result, event owner 5v5 Soccer has announced a new winter series of small-sided futsal tournaments. Want to host or learn more? Read on.
| Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management
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.
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