| Destination Spotlight |
With Two Elite Venues and a Rich History, Maryland IS Horse Country
Maryland is horse country. Those who have viewed the state as the home of the Preakness - well, you're not wrong - the second jewel in thoroughbred racing's coveted Triple Crown does tend to attract a lot of attention. But with two of the most sophisticated equestrian venues in the world, this state stands ready to stable all types of events.
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| Get Your BID On with NAIA Hosting Opportunities |
It's time to get your BID on with two great hosting opportunities for women's collegiate sports put forth by the NAIA. The organization is seeking homes for two events in 2024 and 2025 - its women's beach volleyball national invitational and its women's soccer championship. Find out what is needed to host with these helpful tips and hints.
| Potential Showcase Sports for LA 2028 Make Their Case to the IOC |
Who's getting an invitation to the big dance in 2028? It's still unclear but last week, selected showcase sports made their presentations to the IOC for LA 2028 inclusion as showcase sports. Motorsport, cricket, karate, baseball and softball, lacrosse, breaking, kickboxing, squash and American football all met virtually with the IOC. When will we know?
| Major League Pickleball Continuing Growth Trajectory - Is it Sustainable? |
The co-ed International Swimming League. Athletes Unlimited (women's basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and softball). World TeamTennis. And last summer, another sport entered the team-based format: Major League Pickleball, with elite players. Now, for 2023, it's picking up new teams - as well as some heavy hitters for investors, including LeBron James.
| A Positive Halloween Forecast Bodes Well for Themed Sports Events |
What can a consumer forecast about Halloween tell us about the travel sports market? A lot, as it turns out, and it's all good news. The National Retail Federation is predicting a return to pre-2020 numbers in terms of spending and activities. That, in turn, spells good news for sports events this fall, particularly those with a seasonal theme.
| The Great Outdoors Now More Popular Than Ever |
What began in quarantine, when fitness clubs closed down and propelled athletes into the outdoors, is continuing. According to the Outdoor Foundation, the five most popular activities are running, hiking, biking, camping and fishing - all of which saw bursts of growth in 2020 and 2021. Tennis, golf and pickleball are also healthy. Learn more here.
| Inside Events |
Inside Events: AAU Junior Olympic Games
The AAU Junior Olympic Games, presented each summer, attract more than 19,000 total participants (ages 8-18) across 12 sports, with 14,000 of those competing in track and field events alone. Notable AAU Junior Olympics alumni include Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Kevin Durant. Learn more about the event and what AAU looks for in a potential host.
| Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management |
The great summer of 2022 is in the rear-view mirror and make no mistake, it was pretty great. Now, the road ahead of us is open for business and we're ready to make the most of it. Football has kicked off, baseball is winding down and fall sports are in full swing. We have the World Cup in Qatar to look forward to (and then the one in the U.S., Canada and Mexico), the Olympics in Paris (and after that, the Games in L.A.) as well as plenty of other highlights. This issue covers not just sports but the business issues you'll need to know.
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