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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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Dome Sports Complex Approved in Connecticut

The Day Hill Dome, a new indoor sports complex for soccer and baseball, has been given final approval from the Windsor, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission with the 31-acre project targeting an October 2021 completion. With 100,000 square feet of indoor space and an 82-foot ceiling, the Day Hill Dome will havethe ability to have […]

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MLB Promotes Tony Reagins to Oversee Youth and Amateur Growth

Tony Reagins has been promoted to chief baseball development officer of Major League Baseball, where he will oversee the growth of youth and amateur levels of baseball and softball in the United States and internationally. Reagins, who began at MLB in 2015 as senior vice president of the Youth Programs department, will also be tasked […]

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Memphis Plans ‘Liberty Park’ Anchored by Sports Event Center

A planned Memphis Sports & Events Center will be part of a multi-million dollar expansion of public space around the Liberty Bowl in the Tennessee city with more than 227,000 square feet for youth sports and events plus more. Plans for the destination include indoor basketball and volleyball courts that would be adaptable for wrestling, […]

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U.S. Youth Soccer Picks Seven Sites for National Showcases

U.S. Youth Soccer will host two national showcase events at the home of the North Carolina Fusion club team in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has awarded six other destinations events for 2020 and 2021 as part of the inaugural season of the USYS National League Showcase Series. The series will allow 14U–19U boys and girls […]

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Case Study: Ripken Baseball Gets Back on the Field

The summer months traditionally are filled with travel for families. For families with young athletes, those trips are about more than seeing a new city. They are often about traveling for tournament action. As states increasingly relax regulations and allow public gatherings, youth organizations are restarting tournament play after a long period of inactivity. And […]

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Parents of Youth Athletes Will Expect More From Venues

A survey of more than 10,000 people involved in youth sports nationwide reveals that parents are ready to see their children travel again for sports and they will expect venues to have concrete plans in place for the health of their guests on site. The scientific survey was conducted by Grand Park Research Hub, which […]

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Preparation Crucial to Reopening Sports Events

Representatives from two destinations that have already hosted sports events say that no matter when venues are open and sports commissions and CVBs are able to host again, making sure plans are in place and clearly communicated will be crucial to an event’s success. While those watching the Sports ETA webinar “First Out of the […]

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Columbus, Kansas City to Host 2021 USA Volleyball Junior Nationals

Columbus, Ohio, and Kansas City have been selected by USA Volleyball to host two of the national governing body’s largest championships in 2021. Columbus will serve as host of the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship (GJNC18), April 23–25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Kansas City, meanwhile, will host the Boys Junior National […]

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Emergency Relief Bill for Youth Sports Introduced in Congress

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-New York) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) have introduced a bill in Congress calling for the $8.5 billion in emergency funding that a coalition of youth sports organizations has sought in relief for the industry. The COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act calls for authorizing a relief fund […]

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