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Women wearing face masks to help protect from COVID-19 walk against a decoration for the Winter Olympics Games as they visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing. With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they're disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
Olympic Ban Disappoints Chinese Fans as Fears Over Omicron Continue

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. As events come back online and as destinations, venues and event organizers determine capacity limits for fans along with health and safety protocols for their events, here is a look at where things stand. NBA 2021–2022 Fan Policies for COVID | NHL 2021–2022 Fan […]

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Some fans wear face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during the national anthem before an NBA game between the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards on November 13, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Do NBA Fans Need to Be Vaccinated to Go to Games?

Below is the full rundown on each NBA team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19 whether they require proof of full vaccination, either vaccination or a negative COVID test, or in some teams’ cases, no policy at all. The NBA has mandated that at every arena, regardless of other protocols, fans sitting within 15 […]

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Fans, some wearing masks, watch during the second period of an NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars on October 16, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Do NHL Fans Need to be Vaccinated to Attend Games?

Below is the full rundown on each NHL team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19, whether they require proof of full vaccination, either vaccination or a negative COVID test, or in some teams’ cases, no policy at all. Ten teams will mandate proof of vaccination for fans this season and eight more will allow […]

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Hiram Bithorn Stadium, host to several Major League Baseball games as well as winter league baseball in Puerto Rico since its opening in 1962, has a capacity of 18,000. The stadium is where dozens of Hall of Famers have played since its opening; at one point, both Hank Aaron and Willie Mays were on the same winter team. Photo by Matt Traub/SportsTravel

Puerto Rico: A Rich Sports History

You may think that Puerto Rico is a golf escape and yes, that is largely true. The Puerto Rico Open will celebrate its 15th anniversary in early March, having generated $5.7 million for the economy and creating more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. With 16 courses open to the public, golf has boomed on the […]

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Study: Younger Fans More Likely to Travel to Esports Events

New research on the desire for esports fans to travel and spend money at live events reveals that the younger the fan, the more likely they are to attend in-person competitions and spend money on events. The results also show that the ideal esports destination and venue provides public gaming areas as well as video […]

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The Esports Travel Summit takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham)
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Record-Setting EsportsTravel Summit Concludes in Pittsburgh; Focuses on Continued Growth in Future Years

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit concluded with a record-setting number of event organizers and destination representatives in attendance at the annual gathering for the esports events industry. Hosted by SportsPITTSBURGH, the EsportsTravel Summit was held in person at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh from Tuesday, December 14, through Thursday, December 16, and attracted […]

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UBS Arena's opening ends a long-awaited drought for New York Islanders fans who were waiting for a new home. Photo by Jason Gewirtz

UBS Using Arena Naming Rights
to Propel New Sports Division

As the opening game for the New York Islanders approaches at its new UBS Arena, the financial behemoth that has its name on the venue is hoping to use that branding to attract new business to its latest financial division aimed at the sports market. “I was born and raised in New York City, less […]

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The TEAMS Conference takes place at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham)

TEAMS ’21 Underscores the Importance of Sports to the Travel Industry’s Recovery

The world’s largest gathering of sports-event professionals returned to in-person business this week as the TEAMS Conference & Expo, held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey, brought together hundreds of destinations and event organizers to continue the crucial work in helping rebuild the tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports has been […]

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Future Sites Announced for Northstar Sports Division Events

Northstar Meetings Group has announced three future sites for the TEAMS Conference & Expo, the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers, taking its annual event to a trio of markets reflecting a variety of destinations that host sports events throughout the United States. Along with previously announced host cities, the conference has now announced its […]

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Competitiors in the men's 5,000 meter event at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles circle past the Olympic torch during the race on August 11, 1984. Los Angeles in 2028 will join London and Paris as the only three-time hosts of the Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo, File)

An Olympic Impact on Sports Tourism:
The Legacy for U.S. Host Cities

With the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games having concluded in Tokyo, one of many questions about the Games’ legacy is whether the city will be able to benefit from having hosted two of the world’s biggest sporting events—including the second time for the Olympic Games. Without sports, Tokyo has more than enough to boast about […]

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