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The new Wichita stadium will open in April on the banks of the Arkansas River. Photo: Drone-Topgraphy LLC

New Wichita Ballpark to Spark Riverfront Development

After more than a decade, Major League-affiliated baseball is back in Wichita, Kansas. And it’s coming with a new ballpark, a new pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River and a rejuvenated riverfront area that the city hopes will be a catalyst for future events. Wichita officials have been trying to land a Minor League Baseball Continue Reading

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An Unlikely Softball Partnership

It’s not a marriage, but the first date between USA Softball and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)—an inaugural softball tournament organized jointly by both organizations—marks a new era for two organizations that have been competitors in the event landscape for years. The U.S. Games, a girls fastpitch tournament, will take place in Viera, Continue Reading

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Competitors enter the water at the International Swimming League competition at Indiana University natatorium on October 5 in Indianapolis. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP Images)

International Swim League Broadens the Sport’s Visibility

A new international league features some of the biggest names in swimming—competing in a team format that has proven popular with TV-friendly meets—and already has recorded multiple sellouts before the inaugural season culminates with a showpiece event in Las Vegas. The International Swimming League, which is paying its athletes a salary to compete, hints that things Continue Reading

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Cedar Point Sports Center a Game-Changer

Chances are when someone mentions Sandusky, Ohio, the images that come to mind include roller coasters—the city is home to Cedar Point, an amusement park that bills itself as the “roller coaster capital of the world” and that will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. But with the opening this winter of the new 145,000-square-foot Continue Reading

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Cool Runnings

Boston. New York. Chicago. The Caribbean? When it comes to renowned marathon destinations, tropical sun-baked islands are typically not the first to pop to mind. But Tony Reed aims to change that with this winter’s debut of the Five Island Challenge, which strings together some of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations with a new twist. Continue Reading

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SailGP Makes Its U.S. Debut

Sports fans in San Francisco and New York can experience a different kind of racing when SailGP glides into town. The newly created sailing championship series, underwritten by Oracle founder and sailing enthusiast Larry Ellison, makes its U.S. debut in San Francisco May 4–5 before continuing in New York the following month. The two-day race Continue Reading

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Bringing Baseball Back

Nestled between two sets of train tracks in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, is Segra Stadium, a new baseball park that is expected to breathe new life into the community when it opens this spring. Much like the train tracks that eventually converge out beyond left field, the ballpark project came to be through a happy confluence of events. Back in 2016, the city commissioned a feasibility report to examine

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Warming Up to College Softball

ESPN Events is diversifying its portfolio by investing in college softball. To kick off the 2019 NCAA Division I softball season, 16 teams will travel to Florida in February to compete in the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, ESPN Events’ first owned and operated softball event. The tournament will also be the only women’s competition Continue Reading

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