#145: October 28, 2020
Event Owners Faced with Choice of Go Out of Town or Go Broke

Event Owners Faced with Choice of Go Out of Town or Go Broke

"If you don't have it, they will move." The iconic line from the movie, Field of Dreams, gets an update for 2020 as event owners in low-restriction states select locations near state lines to attract teams from areas where play is not allowed to take place. Currently, California is in the crosshairs, as the exodus to tournaments in Arizona continues.

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Southeastern Washington State's Dry Region Providing Year-Round Athletic Opportunities

There's a dry desert region in the Pacific Northwest (yes, really). It has plenty of space for water sports, sports fields that stay green year-round for tournaments and even a burgeoning wine scene for parents, as well as (event owners, take note) the infrastructure to host plenty of events. Welcome to the Tri-Cities region of Washington state.

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Arizona

Arizona's New Top Tournament Destination

The city of Surprise has everything planners need in a sports tournament destination, with nationally recognized facilities, year-round sunshine, plenty of fun things to do and an events team committed to success. And after hosting more than 100 events and tournaments per year, Surprise has a proven track record. Find your place in the sun here.

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In other news and commentary...
Latest Study Shows High School Student Athletes are Safe from COVID

Hard on the heels of studies that showed youth soccer participants showed low (or no) cases of COVID from play, reports out of Wisconsin are suggesting the state's high school sports have not caused an increase in COVID-19 infections among student athletes. Learn about the preventive steps that were (and are still) taken that led up to these results.

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Open for Business and Up for Bids: Perfect Game

Perfect Game, which produces more than 1,200 baseball events annually, is seeking destinations to host events and permanent destinations where it can transform a community into a nationally known destination for the best players in America to be showcased for Major League Baseball, collegiate and other recruiters. Want to be considered? Find out how.

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With New Play Format, Halo LAX Writes an Innovative Success Story

Once, being called a disruptor wasn't a compliment. These days, it's a sign of ingenuity and of the ability to move outside the expected paradigm. And that's right where Halo LAX belongs. With a focus on showcase events for potential Division III players and an innovative 6onLAX competition format for youth, Halo LAX is shaking up the industry.

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NCAA: Expect Spring 2021 Championship Site Announcements in Late November

When the NCAA announced it would postpone fall championships to spring 2021, it left questions for the event industry. Chief among those was, of course, where championships would be held. And it's a complex question, given the current climate and the challenges of hosting large events. But NCAA says it expects to make an announcement in late November.

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The Legal Ramifications of Virtual Events

Since the advent of COVID-19, there has been an uptick in virtual events, from meetings to sports. While in the past, there has been an emphasis on the legal intricacies of setting up physical events, most people believe virtual events have fewer guidelines. This, however, is untrue. Read on for some insights from industry expert Ben Gonzalez.

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Komen Says Race for the Cure Will Return - When It's Safe

When Susan G. Komen closed its offices nationwide in order to centralize its operations, it was a devastating blow to thousands of employees. But what sports commissions and CVBs started asking was even more specific: Would the Race for the Cure go away as well? Fear not: Komen officials say the live events will be back - once it's safe.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament (US Open of Grass Volleyball)

Inside Events: Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament (US Open of Grass Volleyball)

While many event owners were hunkered down this summer, the Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament (also known as the US Open of Grass Volleyball) was writing its own success story. It might have been scaled back to accommodate health guidelines, but it boasted sellout registration, with more than 1,000 waitlisted teams. Learn how they accomplished it.

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September/October 2020

September/October 2020

If we have learned anything over the past few months, it's that we're never alone. Even at a time when all the things we normally anticipate each fall, like local 5Ks, city marathons, high school sports and the sprint toward the World Series, have been knocked out of kilter, we still have each other - our colleagues in this industry, who are sharing their knowledge. And this issue is a great example. There are peer-written articles on risk management, security, transportation and business development, some of the most timely and relevant topics around. We are stronger together than we ever could be independently. Let us continue to lean on and learn from one another, as we move toward a brighter future.

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