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NASC Sports Event Symposium: Grand Rapids named host for 2016, Sacramento 2017
The host cities for the 2016 and 2017 NASC Symposium were announced at the NASC Symposium held in Oklahoma City. The 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium will be held April 3-7, 2016 in Grand Rapids and the 25th anniversary Symposium will be March 26-30, 2017 in Sacramento.
Erie welcomes Pennslyvania State Bowling Championship
Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce the 75th Annual Pennsylvania State Bowling Association Championships is coming to Erie beginning on Saturday, March 29. The event runs for 12 consecutive weekends, excluding Easter weekend, and is held at Westway Lanes in Girard, and Eastway Lanes.
FGCC says tourism had $123 million economic impact in 2013
East Village Magazine
Tourism in Genesee County, Mich., generated $123 million in economic impact due to overnight hotel room rentals in Genesee County in 2013, according to the Flint and Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, an action group of the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, hotel occupancy was 54.4 percent, a 1.5 percent increase over the previous year, and lodging revenue rose 4.8 percent in 2013.
Archers head to Alabama
Archers from around the country descend on Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Hoyt Archery Tuscaloosa Pro/Am, a national tournament conducted by the Archery Shooters Association. The three-day tournament will be held at the new, 7,000-square-foot Northridge Pavilion, a multipurpose facility and is expected to draw about 1,300 competitors and 100 vendors.
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Calgary on short list for Ultimate Sports City
Calgary has made the short list to be named the Ultimate Sports City by SportBusiness International, says Tourism Calgary.
Sports council to showcase northeast Florida
The Florida Times-Union
A new nonprofit council will court high-profile sports events in hopes of landing them in Jacksonville and northeast Florida.
USA BMX launches new reading program
USA BMX, the world's largest bicycle motocross organization, has launched a new school based reading initiative. The "Read to Ride" program is designed to help kids combat learning loss they encounter during out of school time. The new initiative is a complimentary effort to the highly successful USA BMX STEM program that was launched in 2013.
Is all of Arizona's spending on sports really worth it?
Phoenix Business Journal
Phoenix-area governments and their taxpayers have spent more than $1 billion building sports stadiums and subsidizing big events and professional teams the past two decades. Now the push is on for a $30 million fundraising effort to organize and put on next year's National Football League Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Is all this money spent on sports worth it?
Oklahoma sports complex expected to have big impact
Developers said their proposed Sports Village in Cornelius, Okla., could have a significant economic impact on the Lake Norman area, providing a venue for hosting regional and national youth and adult tournaments and alleviating a shortage of courts for everything from basketball to volleyball to futsal (indoor soccer).
Texas to host Ironman five more years
The Woodlands Township and the World Triathlon Corporation will team up for another five years to host Ironman Texas along with agreeing to move the endurance race to April from May. Moving the event up to April, according to Bruce Tough, chairman for The Woodlands Township board, will give athletes one last opportunity to qualify for the championship event in Hawaii in October.
Florida avoids Tough Mudder traffic jam
Sarasota Herald Tribune
Mention "Tough Mudder" and Sarasota, Fla., officials still cringe. In 2012, Sarasota hosted an obstacle-style running competition that has been a front-runner in the nontraditional race industry since it was conceived in 2010. The race was supposed to help cement this area's reputation as a blossoming sports tourism hub. And it did. More than 13,000 competed on the first day of competition at the Hi Hat Ranch, and 8,000 competed the next. It also caused a 10-mile traffic jam that left many competitors sitting in traffic for hours.
BMX track wants help to expand
The St. Petersburg Tribune
Seizing upon a fast-growing Olympic sport, the hilly, dirt track at Canal Park, Fla., has become the No. 1 tournament spot in the eastern United States for BMX races, but city leaders fear it could lose that distinction.
Aquatic center not profitable
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
An indoor sports complex and aquatic center could be popular in the greater Williamsburg, Va., area, but they would come with a cost that could not be recouped in James City County
Florida to promote skydiving
Tampa Bay Times
Pasco, Fla., tourism officials awarded $25,000 to promote the sport at two events this year at Skydive City in Zephyrhills: the United States Parachuting Association's canopy piloting national championship May 21-23 and the world championship in November.
Cycle Oregon teaches cities to be bike friendly
Oregon is the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program, according to Travel Oregon information. With so many two-wheelers in town, the Main Street folks are offering workshops on how to make businesses bike-friendly. "Travel Oregon has a bike-friendly certification you can go through," explained Matthew Klebes, The Dalles Main Street coordinator.
Race gives Florida exposure
The St. Petersburg Tribune
St. Petersburg, Fla., leaders say there is no question the Firestone Grand Prix, one of the city's biggest annual events, is a huge economic boon to St. Petersburg and the county. Race organizers anticipate 130,000 spectators will line the circuit over the three days of the Grand Prix with millions more watching live or rebroadcasts in over 200 countries.
South Carolina complex grows with community
Myrtle Beach Sun News
Robby Love, owner and operator of The X Gym in Horry County, S.C., had a vision three years ago of a mega, multi-use sports/retail facility when Love took possession of the 200,000-square-foot building. The refurbished warehouse not only houses sports arenas but vendors in retail, food and beverage, and office space.
Race on to complete sports complex
Inside Indiana Business
The Evansville, Ind., Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a ground breaking ceremony for the new $15.35 million sports complex on Tuesday, April 8. An Evansville tourism official says the city has already booked the first event at the yet-to-be-built sports complex.
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