September 20, 2023 | Sports Destination Management
#215: September 20, 2023
Sports Fields

Synthetic or Natural, Sports Fields Remain Grounds for Debate

It's safe. It's not. It drains better. It's hot. The debate about synthetic turf fields continues. And while there are parents who say they won't let their children compete in programs that play on artificial turf, the travel sports landscape is made up of both natural and synthetic fields. A bigger issue, say many organizations, is sustainability. more

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Fort Bend Epicenter Brings New Sports Tourism Opportunities to Houston Market

A year after opening, Fort Bend Epicenter has already become the Swiss Army Knife of venues it was predicted to be, housing everything from traditional sports (basketball, volleyball, cheer, etc.) to emerging and niche sports (including esports and cornhole), with the versatility to host graduations, rodeos, concerts, trade shows and community events. more

Fort Bend Epicenter Brings New Sports Tourism Opportunities to Houston Market
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Discover Lancaster! Come to Play and Enjoy the Stay

Discover Lancaster! Come to Play and Enjoy the Stay

Discover Lancaster County! Located near the heart of the mid-Atlantic, Lancaster is easily accessible by road and air. more

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In other news and commentary...
Will Parks, Sports Venues and Green Space Save Cities' Most Dangerous Areas?

How do you reverse a crime trend in a given area? One popular theory says you increase the number of people going through it, thereby making criminals uncomfortable. That is what some cities have done by putting in parks, rec centers and other venues. Here are some case studies from around the nation and how the strategy is working out. more

Get Your BID On: 2024 NIRSA National Soccer Championships

We KNOW you have fields. Isn't it time you put them to good use to further elevate your profile as a sports destination? NIRSA, the non-profit organization that comprises and supports leaders in collegiate recreation, is seeking a host for its 2024 National Soccer Championships. Everything you need to know, including the RFP, can be found here. more

Soccer Fields to Corn Fields: Agritourism Folding into Youth Sports Competitions

If you've seen advertisements for opportunities for kids, when they come off the field of play, to unwind and have fun at local farms (including pumpkin patches and corn mazes), you might have thought it was a great idea but you might not have been aware that it is a growing sector of tourism. And youth sports can help spur its growth. Learn more here. more

NFL Continues its March Beyond Borders ... But Is It Sustainable?

It was all the way back in the spring that the NFL announced that five international games would be played in 2023 (in Germany and England, for those keeping count). Now, Commissioner Roger Goodell is saying that more games abroad should be played in the future, although it did nix those reports that it would be moving into Australia as well. more

States, Communities Beef Up Security, Behavior Policies at High School Games

It's only September and already, we're seeing communities beefing up security at high school games in the wake of incidents like shootings and brawls in the stands. Accordingly, NFHS is seeking ways to change the culture of sports events; however, they are hamstrung by a shortage of officials (which is unsurprising at best, all things considered). more

The Countdown Is On for the 2024 Summer Games, Paralympics

The 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are less than one year off, and Paris officials have high hopes for what is being billed as the first Olympics of the post-pandemic era. And despite ticketing problems (Want to attend the Opening Ceremonies? That'll be $2,900), the slogan for both the Summer Olympics and Paralympics is "Games Wide Open." more

Inside Events
Executive Insights: Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

Executive Insights: Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

One of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, multiple sport event organizations in the world, the AAU consistently delivers large-scale, quality tournaments in single sports events (like its Junior National Volleyball Championships) to multi-sport, multi-disciplinary events (like the AAU Junior Olympics). Get an inside look at the AAU in this article. more

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September/October 2023

September/October 2023

As we tiptoe into a new school year, we're seeing plenty of changes. This issue can help face them head-on. Our articles cover safety and security preparations and negotiations between vendors and event owners, as well as an update on bus and motorcoach travel. There are features on destinations that can host events in softball, gymnastics and water sports. Additionally, there are insights from the president of AAU and the founder of the Gran Fondo National Series, and a roundup of great sports venues. Get started on the new season right here. more

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