In this fact-based, data-driven web series, SportsTravel will be interviewing leaders from destinations, sports organizations, hotels and industry suppliers to track the recovery of the sports-event industry. Each episode will feature insight from EventConnect on the latest statistics from tournament registrations and hotel bookings across the country, as well as a dialogue with a select panel of experts.
In Episode Two: How Sports Venues are Reopening, SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz and EventConnect CEO Jason Parker discuss the latest tournament registration and ADR statistics, as well as what parts of the country are seeing events return the fastest. And in a discussion about how sports venues are approaching their reopening, hear from William Knox, the director of Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana, and Jamie Cox, general manager of the Panama City Beach Sports Complex in Panama City Beach, Florida, about how they’ve brought visitors back on their properties, why they’re spending so much money on signage and why masks have become a flash point. We also talk with Janis Burke, the CEO of the Harris County–Houston Sports Authority and the chair of the Sports ETA Board of Directors, about Houston’s unique citywide plan to reopen, a process that includes a guide from all the city’s major venues that have agreed to the same standards.