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Fans pack Scottsdale Stadium to watch a spring training game between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals in 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo By Matt Traub

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Cactus League Asks MLB to Delay
Spring Training But Will Still Host Teams

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed. Here is a look at where things stand. Full Coverage of Super Bowl Planning | Podcast: Organizing a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay How Indianapolis Landed the NCAA Tournament Bubble | What NBA […]

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Cubano sausage at Hard Rock Stadium. Photo: Courtesy of Hard Rock Stadium

Centerplate CEO: What to Expect from Stadium Concessions

The College Football Playoff National Championship may have looked the same on the field as any other recent year: Alabama won, again — its sixth title under Coach Nick Saban since 2009. But for the 14,926 fans who attended the January 11 game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, the experience was anything but normal. […]

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A conscious effort by city leaders in Indianapolis to create a concentration of sports venues and hotels in downtown has paid off with large events over the years. (Photo: Visit Indy)

How Indianapolis Landed the NCAA Basketball Tournament

The NCAA started calling in the fall. In an effort to cut down on team travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, would Indianapolis — which was set to host the 2021 Final Four — be interested or willing to host the entire Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament? The answer, of course, was yes. But the delay […]

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2020*

On December 2, the No. 8-ranked Michigan State basketball team traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to play No. 6-ranked Duke at fan-less Cameron Indoor. Winless in his previous three games at Duke while coaching Michigan State, Tom Izzo and the Spartans came away with a 75-69 victory. Even though the venue was devoid of the […]

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The 2019 CEO Fighting Game Championships at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach attracted competitors from 30 countries.
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New Research Shows Esports Fans
Want to Travel Post-COVID

The number of esports fans has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic and those fans will be more willing than the general public to travel to live events and competitions when they return, according to new research presented at the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit held December 2–3 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. In a session […]

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Lucas Oil Stadium will host the 2021 NCAA Final Four. But the city of Indianapolis is negotiation to host the entire tournament. (Photo: Visit Indy)

Cities Adjust as NCAA Calls
For Bubble-Like Basketball Tournament

The news that the NCAA will attempt to host its Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in one city was a tough blow for the 13 destinations that were looking to host opening and regional rounds. But as top collegiate officials continue their negotiations with Indianapolis to potentially host all rounds in a “controlled” bubble-like environment, […]

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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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