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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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5 Sports Venues to Watch

As the demand for spaces to host sporting events continues to grow, destinations across the country are examining their inventory, identifying needs and building accordingly. They are constructing ice arenas, soccer fields and baseball diamonds, hoping these venues will serve as a one-stop shop for traveling teams and their families. Here are five new sports […]

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Sports Complex Begins Construction in Panama City Beach, Florida

Officials in Panama City Beach, Florida, have begun construction on the Panama City Beach Sports Complex. The $37 million complex is scheduled to open its first phase in May 2019. More than 100 people attended the ground-breaking ceremony, including officials from Visit Panama City Beach, the Bay County Tourism Development Council, The St. Joe Company, Bay […]

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