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Don Staley Given Alabama Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime sports tourism executive Don Staley recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association’s 2022 Stars of the Industry Awards event. Staley helped form the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation in 2007, becoming the commission’s Executive Director of Sports from 2010 to 2014. He brought the Super Six High School Football Championships […]

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Kelsey Rush is the current vice president of marketing and communications at Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports.

Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Names Kelsey Rush as President and CEO in Waiting

Kelsey Rush has been named the president and chief executive officer in waiting by the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports board of directors while Don Staley continues to serve as president and CEO until his retirement. “As I transition out of my role as president and CEO at TTS, it’s my belief that Kelsey and the […]

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Alabama fans cheer before a game against LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa. The SEC is set to get two new teams when Oklahoma and Texas join the mix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Why College Conference Realignment
Reshapes the Sports Tourism Landscape

College sports is amid revolutionary change that may not be surpassed in its long and sometimes controversial history. The ability of athletes — sorry, student-athletes — to earn money off name, image and likeness has turned the traditional college sponsorship model upside down. The NCAA recently adopted a new constitution that may see further changes […]

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Eileen Krause cleans condiment dispensers on the main concourse of Ball Arena before an NHL game between the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche on March 11, 2020, in Denver. Cleaning and sanitization within sports venues, especially indoors, has become a key component in making fans feels comfortable attending events during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Future of Sports Venues After COVID: Contactless Technology, Deep Cleaning Among Top Priorities

From the growth of professional venues that can become as much about entertainment as the game itself, to collegiate venues that are professional in everything but name, and even youth and recreation complexes that promote themselves as giving a professional experience to pre-teen athletes, there are few things in the sports industry that have changed […]

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Josh Rivers Hired at Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports

Josh Rivers will join Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports in Alabama as the director of community development. Rivers joins the TTS team with 12 years of hospitality, tourism and leadership experience including the past 10 years at the Bryant Conference Center as the assistant director. Rivers will take on the responsibilities of long-time employee Bill Buchanan, who […]

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Stan Adams Promoted to Executive Director of Sports for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports

Stan Adams has been promoted to executive director of sports for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. The promotion was announced by Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports President and Chief Executive Officer, Don Staley. Adams has been with the organization in a full time role since 2017 and most recently held the position of Director of Sports. Adams […]

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Tuscaloosa Named Host for 2023 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series

The 2023 Dixie Youth Baseball’s Division I and Division II World Series will be held at Bowers Park in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the first time. The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority and Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports will host the event. Tuscaloosa PARA has hosted state-level tournaments in three of the past four years. “PARA’s […]

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In college towns across the country, the potential loss of football games will have a significant economic impact. Photo: Tony Ding/AP Images

College Football Towns Prepare to Call an Audible

Before you celebrate a touchdown with your friends and go crazy high-fiving strangers who feel like friends in that moment, you start with the tailgate party hours before kickoff with snacks, all sorts of food on the grill and a football flying through the air. Postgame usually means a drink downtown at a packed sports […]

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Don Staley Extending Stay At Visit Tuscaloosa

Don Staley, president and chief executive officer of Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission, has been given a three-year contract extension according to the Tuscaloosa News. “We are very fortunate to have Don Staley continue as CEO of the Tourism & Sports Commission during this unprecedented time,” said Bill Lloyd, the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission’s […]

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Tuscaloosa to Host 2020–2021 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been selected to host the 2020–2021 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, which will feature the nation’s best run-bike-run athletes as they compete for national titles in three events. Tuscaloosa has served as host for past USA Triathlon events, including the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for triathlon, the 2009–2010 USA Triathlon Age Group […]

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