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.
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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.
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| 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.
| 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.
| 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."
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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.
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| Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management |
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.
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