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

2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Awards Article | September 1, 2017
LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Awards

By: Sports Destination Management Team

It's time for Sports Destination Management to recognize sports tourism leaders. Help salute events that make sports tourism grow. Our deadline is...   More>>


WorldCup_FIFA Article | August 23, 2017
44 North American Cities Vying for 2026 World Cup

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The FIFA fallout hasn’t stopped (in fact, a recent report on criminal activities will probably throw gasoline on the fire, considering FIFA...   More>>


Epcot Article | August 7, 2017
WalletHub Ranks the 100 Best Cities for Recreation

By: Michael Popke

If participants in your events like to turn tournaments into stay-cations and take advantage of the host city’s recreational opportunities, a new...   More>>


blank Article | July 21, 2017
Scoring Big With Lacrosse

By: Peter Francesconi

Lacrosse has been played on the North American continent for centuries. Today, it’s one of the fastest-growing team sports in the U.S., spreading...   More>>


blank Article | May 30, 2017
Meet the Mentors: Who's Who in Sports Tourism

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports tourism has continued to grow exponentially, leading to more events, more athletes and more economic impact. As events proliferate across the...   More>>


blank Article | May 30, 2017
Swinging for the Fences

By: Peter Francesconi

The Great American Pastime never loses its appeal. From sandlot and Little League to travel teams, college and more, the sport brings in new players...   More>>


blank Article | March 20, 2017
Golf Gets Its Groove Back

By: Juli Anne Patty

With new player initiatives and a lot of work on the park of industry leaders, golf is getting its groove back. Around the country, courses at every...   More>>


blank Article | March 19, 2017
Home Field Advantages

By: Peter Francesconi

Whether it’s World Cup athletes charging onto the field of play or kids hopping out of the minivan and ambling toward the municipal fields, soccer...   More>>


Pikachu Article | March 8, 2017
Legislation in Illinois and Wisconsin Targets Pokémon Go

By: Michael Popke

Hey, Pikachu. If you want to play in the park, you’re going to need a permit. Following last summer’s Pokémon Go craze, in which people chased...   More>>


blank Article | January 30, 2017
Looking for a New Home for Your Event?

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Finding that perfect spot for your event, the one with a combination of great surroundings, affordability, the right venues and friendly people, is...   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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