Entries for 2020

Destination Spotlight: Tempe, Arizona

 Posted on: April 17 2020
Refreshingly offbeat and sunsets on repeat. Maybe that is why high-level competitions like IRONMAN Arizona, Cactus League Spring Training or USA Triathlon have chosen to host their events in Tempe, Arizona. The feel of Tempe is all its own according to James Tevault. He works as the Director of Sales at the Tempe Tourism Office. “It’s a welcoming destination with a spirited lifestyle where you’ll find fun-filled activities at every turn,” Tevault said. “Tempe’s convenient location and sunny skies create a winning game plan for any sporting event.” Tempe is home to more than 23 sporting facilities which can host a wide variety of sports. -Sun Devil Fitness Complex - Sun Devil Fitness Complex consists of 135,000 sq. ft. of indoor activity space, as well as various outdoor fields and court space which include multipurpose rooms, basketball courts, pools, outdoor fields, and meeting spaces. -Tempe Sports Complex - Tempe’s ...

Destination Spotlight: Lake Erie Shores & Islands

 Posted on: April 17 2020
“Plan now. Play later.” That’s the current business objective of Lake Erie Shores & Islands according to their Sports Tourism Manager Chris Lewis.  Described as America’s Sports & Family Fun Capital, the Ohio shores of Lake Erie and the islands offer plenty of reasons visitors should vacation there and sports events organizers should consider the locations for an upcoming event. “Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the Midwest’s ultimate sports destination, which is especially loved by families who find themselves combining sports travel with a family vacation,” said Chris Lewis. “Home to world-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park consistently voted as one of the best amusement parks in the world, the region also delights with a variety of indoor and outdoor water parks, recreational opportunities, islands, and coastal communities to explore, amazing freshwater fishing, and more.” For sporting events...

2020 Sports Facilities Summit Has Gone Virtual!

 Posted on: April 15 2020
Sports ETA Members: Although we were looking forward to seeing everyone in person in Kansas City next week, we are pleased that we were able to retain the robust line-up of industry experts and topics in order to bring the Sports Facilities Summit to you in a virtual format. If you didn't register for the live Summit, now is your chance. Register for the Virtual Sports Facilities Summit today! The first session begins next week on Wednesday. For more information on registration, schedule, topics and more click here. Questions? Email info@sportseta.org.

The Pulse surveys current industry challenges this week with revenue concerns on top

 Posted on: April 15 2020
This week, Sports ETA members shared their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing them and their organizations in responses to The Pulse. The biggest challenge is budget and funding as revenues are uncertain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To build upon this research, Destinations International (DI) is taking a weekly pulse check on the industry and you can reference it here. According to the DI research, the majority of destination organizations anticipate some kind of shortterm budget cuts, with most expecting cuts in the range of 20-50%. The uncertainty of future events is a concern of nearly half of all respondents. If you're concerned about event contracts and insurance, we have a resource to help. Click here for a webinar from law firm, Buchalter, featuring a panel of experts in insurance and law on issues related to event cancellations and insurance recovery for businesses of all sizes. Labor and employment issues are a concern as well. According to DI, destinat...

#SportsTourismStrong in Columbus, OH

 Posted on: April 14 2020
Missing sports? So are our members at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Because stadium, ballpark and arena seats are empty during the coronavirus outbreak, commission executive director Linda Logan's group is trying to gather sports fans for the next best thing: a virtual Sports Report series. The virtual series, which starts Thursday and will feature interviews with and special appearances by local team officials, trainers, chefs and others, is designed to fill the gap in sports content caused by the virus. Read the full article here. Keep it up Columbus. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong. Article originally appeared on www.bizjournals.com/columbus/

#SportsTourismStrong in Sandusky, OH

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Even though you are all socially distancing and many are under stay at home directives, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be active and still practicing your favorite sports. To help give you some new and creative ideas, we are inviting you to join us, virtually, in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Sports Challenge! During this unprecedented situation, America’s Sports & Family Fun Capital® is asking everyone to stay home. However, athletes of all ages should be able to stay active and be ready for the day when we can all get back together for play. Throughout the month of April, Lake Erie Shores & Islands will be sharing daily online sport drills and tips from local sports venues such as Cedar Point Sports Center and Sports Force Parks. We will also be sharing activities from various sporting event owners that have or will be visiting the region for tournaments, such as volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Show off your skills, while practicing social...

#SportsTourismStrong in Decatur, AL

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Our members at the Decatur Morgan County Tourism office are hosting virtual event series each week with local partners to highlight activities families can do online with their attractions, as well as with local restaurants to promote take-out orders or how to make their food at home.  View details. Stir crazy yet? We all may be trapped in our homes but that is no reason to stop enjoying life! Introducing ARMCHAIR MOCO:  a great way to explore Morgan County, Alabama, while maintaining safe social distance! Take a look. Keep it up Decatur. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong!

#SportsTourismStrong in Charleston, WV

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Our members at the Charleston, West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau have been hard at work providing online resources and information to local businesses and employees, take a look: Our organization acted early to support the community; a few days into the release of social distancing guidelines in mid-March we launched Team Charleston, an online resource and information portal that supports local businesses and employees, as well as provides ideas for socially responsible activities. We update this page most days a week across a range of topics: ways you can help the community from home, a full list of restaurants that deliver carry-out, financial aid resources, and a webpage that allows you to send virtual tips to bartenders. We also keep it updated with social distancing activities. Mountain Stage, produced by WV Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, is our music radio show with a live audience that has had to be canceled, but they have released Spotify p...

#SportsTourismStrong in Ann Arbor, MI

 Posted on: April 13 2020
The Ann Arbor Sports Commission is partnering with a local business to sell shirts with all net proceeds going to local sporting teams and clubs that sign up. They can help promote to their athletes and families to buy and have some extra cash coming in to help pay coaches, etc. Ann Arbor Sports Commissions is promoting through emails to their clubs and social media. You can find out more here: https://shop.undergroundshirts.com/collections/destination-ann-arbor-sports Keep it up Ann Arbor. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong!  

#SportsTourismStrong in Las Vegas, NV

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Take a look at all the awesome initiatives taking place in Las Vegas to stay #SportsTourismStrong: GRAMMY Award-winning entertainer Bruno Mars, who has been a performer at the Park MGM theater, announced on March 26th that he has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support MGM employees impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. View more details. MGM Resorts International recognized the support of many of its resident entertainment partners who generously donated to the company’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund in support of those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  David Copperfield, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Kathleen Madigan, David Spade, Boyz II Men, Brad Garrett, Carrot Top, Terry Fator, Ray Romano, Jabbawockeez, Shin Lim, Thunder from Down Under, Hans Klok, Australian Bee Gees, Fantasy and Bill Blumenreich Presents each showed their support for the MGM Resorts family this week with a donation t...
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