Illinois


USA_Weightlifting

Weightlifting Returning to Illinois

March 30, 2020

USA Weightlifting and DuPage Sports Commission announced the return of the Nike USA Weightlifting National Championships in 2020. more >>


Rockford

Rockford Gearing Up for March Madness

March 11, 2020

It’s March and sports tourism madness is in full swing in the Rockford region, with wrestling and basketball this week and weekend. more >>


Synchroknit

SynchroKnit™ Powered by Wigwam Announces Series of 29 Running Races for 2020

March 6, 2020

SynchroKnit™ is sponsoring a lineup of 29 running races over the coming nine months, in locations across the US. more >>


WorldMatchRacing

World Match Racing Tour Announces 20th Anniversary Schedule, Including U.S. Destinations

February 25, 2020

The World Match Racing Tour announced its 20th anniversary season with an 18-event schedule across 13 countries, including the USA. more >>


Rockford

Rockford Ready to Welcome High School Bowling

February 20, 2020

Rockford welcomes the 2020 Illinois High School Association Girls Bowling State Finals back to the Rockford region Feb. 20 - 22, 2020. more >>



Rockford

RACVB Announces Two Employee Promotions

March 16, 2020

The Rockford Area CVB announced the promotions of Kristen Paul and Nick Povalitis. more >>


AAU

New AAU Midwest Headquarters Announced

January 30, 2020

The AAU and Chicago Sports Alliance have announced the Pullman Community Center as the new AAU Midwest Headquarters. more >>


US_ClubSoccer

US Club Soccer Announces Eight New Clubs in Six States

November 25, 2019

US Club Soccer announced eight clubs have been approved as new Players First-licensed clubs, bringing the total to 82 clubs in 25 states. more >>


SDM_2019

Sports Destination Management Announces the 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

November 4, 2019

Sports Destination Management proudly introduces the 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. more >>


Rockford

Rockford Tourism’s Economic Impact Up in 2018

September 16, 2019

In 2018, travel provided $392 million in economic impact to Rockford and Winnebago County communities. more >>



LSSCAerial

Enjoy Peoria Wants to Know... Will Your Event Play in Peoria?

August 21, 2019

Located in the heart of Illinois, the Peoria Area is known as a premier sporting destination in the Midwest. The city carries a rich tradition of... more >>


Articles

blank Article | November 1, 2019
Introducing the 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The legendary coach, Pat Summitt, said it best: “Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.” Meet this year’s award...   More>>


blank Article | November 1, 2019
In the Heartland, Ready to Host

By: Cindy Cantrell

The Midwest has long been favored by residents and tourists alike for its diverse geography, affordability and friendly residents. America’s...   More>>


blank Article | November 1, 2019
Swing Shift

By: Judy Leand

The sport that first became the go-to for players of racquet sports who found the smaller court easier on their joints, pickleball is growing a...   More>>


EliudSubTwo Article | October 16, 2019
Will the Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Change Races on the Hometown Level?

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It finally happened. One man ran a full marathon in less than two hours. No, it wasn’t a major marathon and yes, it was under controlled...   More>>


TheSecret Article | October 2, 2019
Can a Sci-Fi Quest Lead to Increased Outdoor Recreation? It Already Has

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In the futuristic book, Ready Player One, a teenager and his friends are scrambling to find three keys hidden in a virtual universe. The individual...   More>>


WiffleBall Article | September 18, 2019
Is Competitive Wiffle Ball the Next Big Travel Phenomenon?

By: Michael Popke

The game you played as a rambunctious six-year-old is all grown-up – and has a championship of its own. Just ask anyone who recently played in the...   More>>


blank Article | September 4, 2019
New Homes for Away Teams

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The continued evolution of sports venues – updates to surfaces, lighting, security and amenities – all helps to create the best possible...   More>>


blank Article | September 3, 2019
The Perfect Landing

By: Tracey Schelmetic

Heading into the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the U.S. is seeing the expected uptick in interest in gymnastics. And from beginner and recreational level to...   More>>


blank Article | September 3, 2019
On the Waterfront

By: Judy Leand

From canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddling to sailing, surfing, water skiing and even dragon boat and Hawaiian outrigger racing, water sports are...   More>>


OlympicPool Article | August 7, 2019
USOC Pressures Park District to Rename ‘Olympic’ Pool

By: Michael Popke

Bad news: If your sports venue or event uses the name, ‘Olympic’ and you don't have express permission, you could be hearing from the U.S....   More>>


Destination Spotlights

blank Case study | November 20, 2017
Big Dreams and Big Ten Teams   

By: Michael Popke

Big Ten university cities boast plenty of sports venues, high-profile events and friendly people. Champaign County, home of the University of... More>>


blank Case study | January 13, 2016
Peoria, Illinois - Will It Play in Peoria? Yes!   

By: Peter Francesconi

Will it play in Peoria? The answer is a big YES. Peoria, together with its sister city across the Illinois River, East Peoria, has not only great... More>>


Peoria, Illinois Case study | October 31, 2009
Peoria, Illinois   

By: Jennifer Alten

It's just a couple hours away from St. Louis and Chicago and less than four hours from Indianapolis, but when it comes to ensuring that your event... More>>



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