Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been selected to host the 2016 National Association of Sports Commissions Sports Event Symposium and Sacramento, California, has been named host of the 2017 event. The announcements were made during the opening ceremony of the 2014 NASC Symposium taking place in Oklahoma City.
The NASC had previously named Milwaukee host of the 2015 event, April 27–30. Grand Rapids will host the 24th edition of the symposium April 3–7, 2016. The Sacramento event will be held March 26–30, 2017.
In addition, the NASC awarded the late Jack Kelly, who served as SportsTravel’s Event Doctor columnist, with a Distinguished Achievement Award during the ceremony for his contributions to the sports-event industry. The late Jack Hughes, the former executive director of the Gainesville Sports Commission, also received a Distinguished Achievement Award.