#143: September 30, 2020
Colleges Breaking Up with Spring Break - Will it Impact Tournaments?

Colleges Breaking Up with Spring Break - Will it Impact Tournaments?

Schools are scrapping spring break for 2021, something far more impactful to event owners than it is to students. After all, from youth to college sports, events have long depended upon the "school's out" time (generally from mid-March to mid-April) to host championships and tournaments. Now, with COVID, schools are pulling back. What are the options?

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Envision Your Event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds

Want a destination that is versatile, easy to reach and fun? Meet the Missouri State Fairgrounds, a winning combination of location, flexible facilities and experienced staff. Year-round, the Fairgrounds host a diverse range of events including livestock shows, camping rallies, sporting events and more.

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Game On In The Sports Capital of TennesseeĀ®

Game On In The Sports Capital of TennesseeĀ®

Rutherford County is a vibrant Southern community. Conveniently located and boasting first-rate facilities and award-winning services, Rutherford County is THE site for your next tournament or event!

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In other news and commentary...
Community First Champion Center Scores Big Basketball Win

Creating a successful live sports event right now means working with a lot of moving targets - local restrictions regarding gatherings, medical guidance and of course, keeping participants and their families not just safe but comfortable with all the measures being taken. Prep Hoops recently held two events and can share some best practices.

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Greenway Stimulus Could Allow the Unemployed to Build Sports Venues

Sometimes, great ideas come not just from outside the box but out of left field. The Greenway Stimulus takes the idea of building trails (which could then be used to host everything from foot races to fundraising walks) and turns it into an economic recovery package, not unlike the Works Progress Administration in 1939. Why isn't this already active?

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Sports Venues Ready to Host a New Competition: The 2020 Election

It's no secret that the biggest contest in 2020 isn't in sports. And with many competition venues devoid of fans, an increasing number of stadiums and arenas will become local voting centers this year. After all, with lots of parking, weather-safe spaces and plenty of room for social distancing (not to mention outspoken athletes), it's no surprise.

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Up for Bid: NAIA Seeking a Host for Women's Beach Volleyball

Want to host one of the hottest, fastest-growing sports around - one that garners attention from college campuses to the Olympics and one that is growing at the high school level too? NAIA is accepting bids on its Beach Volleyball National Invitational. The information on what your destination needs to supply in order to host can be found right here.

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Open Water Swimming Outpacing Other Sports

The fastest-growing sport taking place in the water right now isn't bass fishing (although that's still big). It's open water swimming. And as an increasing number of athletes have discovered, it's free and can be done almost anywhere. And yes, it's an Olympic discipline, though it gets less television love than swimming that takes place in a pool.

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Forget Bubbles - Calgary is Pitching Itself as an Igloo for Winter Sports

Face it: we've been so preoccupied with tournaments in soccer, volleyball and basketball that we haven't even considered the 2021 winter sports season. After all, it's hard to think any further ahead than the Summer Games in Tokyo and how they'll play out. But an announcement out of Calgary in Canada has people thinking about some possibilities.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Kings Hammer Soccer

Inside Events: Kings Hammer Soccer

Kings Hammer has become one of the most recognizable youth soccer clubs in the Midwestern United States, and has also recently expanded its operations into central Kentucky. (The organization additionally started a new esports program). It's also moving its boundaries again. Learn its plans for the future and what it takes to host the club's events.

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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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