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New Sports Venues to Watch in 2022

As the demand for spaces to host sporting events continues to grow with an eye toward sports-related travel in a post-coronavirus world, destinations across the country are examining their inventory, identifying needs and building accordingly. Here are 16 new sports complexes to keep an eye on in 2022. Alabama A&M Event Center Huntsville, Alabama OPENING: […]

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Investors to Revitalize Historic Sho-Me Baseball Camp Facility in Branson, Missouri

A group led by Ballparks of America investor Paul Satterwhite has acquired Sho-Me Baseball Camp, an historic venue in Branson, Missouri, that traces its beginnings to 1958. The camp will be rebranded and operated by Ballparks of America under the management of Sports Facilities Management. The investors group will preserve the baseball history of the […]

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The Basin Sports Complex Names Andy Cedillo as General Manager

Andy Cedillo has been named general manager of The Basin Sports Complex by the University of Texas Permian Basin, which hosts the community sports property in Odessa, Texas, that is managed by Sports Facilities Management. Cedillo’s background includes parks and recreation and events management as part of the city of Midland and their Parks and […]

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Florida Venue Rebrands as Launch Pad Sports Complex

The former spring training home to two Major League Baseball teams has undergone a rebranding as the Launch Pad Sports Complex, part of having management operations taken over by Sports Facilities Management. The venue in Cocoa, Florida, was formerly known as Coastal Florida Sports Park and originally built in 1964 as the spring training home […]

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West Texas Community Gathers to Celebrate Cyclone Ballparks Grand Opening

The newest destination for elite baseball and softball events in West Texas, Cyclone Ballparks in Pecos, officially opened this summer with more than 150 teams already visiting for tournaments. The keys to Cyclone Ballparks, operated by Sports Facilities Management, were gifted to Pecos Mayor David Flores by the facility’s general manager, Cathy Garcia. Flores was […]

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Droo Callahan to Lead West Virginia Sports Complex

Droo Callahan has been selected as the general manager for The Bridge Sports Complex in West Virginia, a Sports Facilities Management venue that is set to open in 2021. The hire was made by the city of Bridgeport, West Virginia, which is overseeing the project in partnership with SFM. Callahan had a 10-year professional soccer […]

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Special Report: How COVID-19 has Changed the Sports-Event Industry

After months of waiting, you and your spouse are heading to the stadium. After a wait of what seems like forever to be at a game, your mobile tickets are loaded on the phone as you get out of your car and head over to the stadium entrance, making sure to stop six feet from […]

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Industry Leaders Praise Event Ownership Model

Being able to have an event that you own outright is even more important during the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic, panelists agreed during a Sports ETA webinar on March 27. “We probably had 15 events that were scheduled in the March-April-May time frame,” said Ray Palmer, president of Pensacola Sports. “Five of those […]

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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 […]

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Panama City Beach Complex Celebrates Grand Opening

The Panama City Beach Sports Complex recently held its grand opening of the 160-acre project that will serve as a venue for more than 50 sports events in the first year alone. The opening was held days before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael’s landfall, an event that set back the complex’s construction. The complex […]

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