September 19, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #93: September 19, 2018

Sports Events Feel Florence's Wrath

Hurricane Florence might have become Tropical Storm Florence but there was no downgrading its catastrophic effects. Sports events might have been the least of residents' worries, but they felt the impact. From high school events to the World Equestrian Games, not much escaped unscathed. Still, destinations that sustained less damage rushed to help. more

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Destination Spotlight

Make This Your 2018 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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Featured Destination

San Marcos, Texas: Where Sports Just Come Naturally

Nestled between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is a sweet spot for sports, with vibrant natural beauty and plentiful outdoor amenities. From off-the-beaten-track races to collegiate level play, our facilities are a natural fit for your next event. more

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In other news and commentary...
Deadline Approaching for SDM's Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Awards Program

Sports Destination Management reminds its readers the deadline is approaching for entries for its 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism awards. more

Para-Beach Volleyball Could be Next Big Wave in Adaptive Sports

The next big wave in the para-sport sector - and something event owners need to be ready for - is para-beach volleyball. And as its organizers have targeted the 2028 Paralympic Summer Games in Los Angeles as a goal, it's apparent that growth is going to be strong in the U.S. more

Can a Pro eSports League Help the Move toward the Olympics - or is it a False Start?

No magic. No shooting. Oh, and it needs to be based on real sports. Those have been the ground rules the IOC has laid before it will consider eSports. Can a new eLeague, just for games associated with real sports, fix the problem - or muddy the waters even further? more

$50M Olympic Water Polo Venue Could Provide $1 Billion Economic Impact

There's nothing like an Olympics coming to town - even a decade from now - to spur construction of great sports venues, and Irvine, California, has its eye on a water polo facility that could not only host international action but boost event tourism year-round. more

USA Cycling, Special Events Strive to Introduce Sport to Kids at Younger Age

Getting American kids to become cognizant of cycling as a competitive avenue, rather than just a recreational pursuit, has been a goal for USA Cycling. Now, with the advent of beginner bicycles for toddlers and very small children, and hosting fun competitions at sanctioned events, it could make progress. more

Backpack Bans in High School Arenas Could Create Problems for Event Organizers

In an effort to increase student safety at sports events, high school districts are increasingly banning backpacks from gyms, stadiums and fields. That's right - the backpack, that student staple, is now unwelcome. And sports event organizers need to be aware of the ramifications. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association

It's the equestrian discipline that combines horsemanship and marksmanship - with a healthy dose of historical accuracy. Cowboy mounted shooting is gaining popularity at a tremendous pace among western style riders and (bonus) it appeals to both genders. Learn about the sport, its events and the athletes who enjoy it. more

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Thanks to our friends at VISIT Milwaukee for this shot! Thiago Monteiro of Brazil competed in the 2018 Badger Open, held September 14-16, at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex  | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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September/October 2018

September/October 2018

The landscape of sports is always evolving and changing. What doesn't change: how much we love to get behind our favorite athletes and cheer for them - and how much they can benefit communities when they come to town. This issue is a great combination of long-time favorites and what have been called 'disruptors' in our technological lexicon. The fall sports season - a transitional time - is underway, reminding us that like it or not, this year is winding down. Make sure you're ready for the new season and new challenges that lie ahead. Our articles, industry insights and more can help. more

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