19-field sports facility coming to Naples, Florida area

 Posted on: September 23 2019
The Naples, Florida area is growing its sports tourism abilities with a new sports facility. Collier County is building an $80 million dollar facility that would include 19 sports fields and a lake, according to WINK-TV. This is all made possible to tourism tax dollars. County officials believe this facility will be very popular for not only local sporting events but national tournaments as well. That is something for Sports ETA member Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau to be excited about. The unnamed facility will be operational next July. This will include four fields. The rest of the 15 fields will be done in 2021. Congrats!

4S Summit Registration Deadline Approaching!

 Posted on: September 6 2019
The deadline to register for the 2019 4S Summit is quickly approaching (September 20). We have a jam-packed schedule this year, with an amazing line-up of education, and we don't want you to miss out!  Take a look at the education topics we have in store for you: Strategies Government Relations Navigating Local Politics International Sport Leveraging Your Internal Marketing Resources Sales Seeing is Believing What Rights Holders Want Stay to Play, Stay to Save, and other Fancy Ways to Track Room Nights Local Community Programming vs. Sports Tourism Events Services Safe Sport Event Security FAM Tours, Site Visits, and Client Gifts, Oh My! Sponsorship Corporate Partners How to Get the Most Return on Your Investment When Supporting Sports Events in Your Community Insurance View the schedule and full education session listing. 4S SUMMIT REGISTRATION Member Rate: $499...

NCAA Site Selection and Bid Process

 Posted on: September 4 2019
The NCAA is looking for hosts for 86 of the 90 championships spanning four academic years: 2022 - 23 and 2025 - 26. The NCAA has engaged the services of an agency, 129 Sports LLC, to assist in managing this effort. Its founder, Russ Yurk, has in-depth knowledge of the NCAA and its processes, as well as experience in a range of national sporting events. He can be reached at russ.yurk@att.net.  TIMELINE  September 18:  Host bid cycle symposium at the NCAA National Office. Click here to register. February 3: Bid responses due March - September: Committee deliberations, recommendations, and approvals October 23: Hosts/sites announced

2018 Award Winner Spotlight: Event Marketing Campaign

 Posted on: September 3 2019
Ready, set, run what some call “The South’s Toughest Bridge Run”. Savannah Sports Council is the 2018 award winner for Event Marketing Campaign for the Enmarket Bridge Run. The 5k or 10k race takes runners across Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge. “This event means the world to me,” says Rob Wells, Director of the Savannah Sports Council. “I keep telling people that this award means so much more than most because it is selected by our peers and presented among them.” While the Savannah Sports Council won this campaign award for the Enmarket Bridge Run, which saw a 17% increase, they saw tremendous success at other events last year. The Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon celebrated its fifth year with a 13% participant increase and the Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic celebrated its 20th anniversary. “With all of that, the thing I am most proud of is the creation of our Scholar-Athlete award which we gave out at the 2018 G...

Adults need a field day too. Why don’t you plan it?

 Posted on: August 28 2019
Remember the fun you had on Field Day during elementary school? The day you spent outside playing fun games against other classrooms? Don’t we all need an adult field day? Louisville Sports Commission agrees. That’s why they have brought back their Corporate Games. Lisa Mills, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, is letting us in on the benefits of hosting your own corporate games. The Louisville Corporate Games has a variety of contests. There are bracketed events like dodgeball and volleyball, to competitive games including a water balloon toss and a parallel parking challenge, and good sports activities like a food drive and tailgate contest. “While our corporate games have competitive elements, there also is an emphasis on encouraging participation among companies and employees with different levels of athleticism,” says Mills. The 3rd annual event had 45 companies participate this year, which is more than double the number of companies t...

Renewing a Dallas Football Tradition

 Posted on: August 21 2019
With the school year getting started for many across the country, the Dallas Sports Commission is gearing up for the Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase. The 4th annual event will pin eight of the top Dallas-area 6-A football programs against each other. It’s known that Texans love their high school football and this Showcase highlights that love. Seven of the eight teams competing this year made it to the playoffs in 2018. One of the most highly anticipated games for the 2019 season is when Denton Guyer takes on Cedar Hill. Both teams are ranked in the Top 10 of The Dallas Morning News’ pre-season All-Area Top 25. The Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase happens September 6 and 7. Good luck to all the teams and the Dallas Sports Commission. View full press release from Dallas Sports.

Tampa gears up for 2021 Super Bowl

 Posted on: August 19 2019
Tampa, Florida is looking forward to 2021. That’s the year the city will host the Super Bowl for the fifth time, the last being in 2009. A lot has changed since then, but there is more to be done. According to Fox 13 in Tampa, new hotels, venues, and restaurants have been added over the last 10 years, along with the Riverwalk across 2.6 miles of the city. Tampa is also transforming its waterfront with a new project called Water Street. It will be a community of retail, residential and hotels, culture and education, which the city says will bring in more money than in 2009. Visit Tampa, Tampa Bay Sports Commission and others are not stopping there. They are looking at other high-profile events and take lessons from them so Tampa is ready for its own event. “We try to take what worked really well, and we try to make sure that each of them snowball,” said Rob Higgins, Executive Director at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Organizers said they want to make sur...

Ruston, Louisiana welcomes baseball tournament to new sports complex

 Posted on: August 5 2019
Ruston, Louisiana celebrated the opening of its new sports complex by hosting a baseball tournament. Dixie Youth World Series is wrapping up its two-week-long event which brought it nearly 80 teams. The Ruston Sports Complex sits on 185 acres in North Louisiana. When completed, the Convention and Visitors Bureau says it will have facilities for baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and football on 36 fields and 16 turf fields. Additional plans include an indoor facility for basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as dance and cheer competitions. This new complex is expected to bring a $1.2 billion economic impact to the Ruston and Lincoln parishes. It already started with the Dixie Youth World Series. The baseball tournament secured more than 5,000 overnight stays. “This is an economic boom for our city and for entire North Louisiana,” says City of Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker. “Entire North Louisiana is benefitting from this tournament and will benefit in ...

The 4S Summit Experience

 Posted on: July 29 2019
Strategies, services, sales, and sponsorships- the 4S’s of sports events and tourism. These 4S’s are what the next Sports ETA 4S  Summit is all about. Registration is now open. The 4S Summit is taking place October 8-10 in Providence, Rhode Island. So, why should you head to the northeast in October? Take it from someone who has been to two 4S Summits. Ryan Vogt is the National Sports Manager at Catch Des Moines and a CSEE graduate. He helps bring sporting events, meetings, and conferences to Des Moines. For him, learning about new strategies to be successful is going to help him. The 4S Summit brings together your competitors for round table discussions. In Ryan’s experience, he says everyone is willing and able to share their experiences of what works and insights on events they have hosted. “It’s a great way to learn new ideas, but also hear about new events {which} could help determine whether or not they are a good fit for your city.&r...

Kansas City Bucket List - 2020 Symposium and so much more

 Posted on: July 22 2019
The Symposium is one of the most thrilling times of the year with opportunities to network, participate in various educational sessions, and explore a new city. If you would like more info about the Symposium, visit: https://www.sportseta.org/symposium/about 28th annual Symposium April 20-23, 2020 Kansas City, MO Hosted by Visit KC and Kansas City Sports Commission We are already preparing for the 2020 Symposium. Schedule, education sessions, and speakers will be announced later this year! If you have not attended the Symposium before, this is the year to begin - because Kansas City has it all! Plan your trip to come down early or stay later to explore all that Kansas City has to offer. We made a “Bucket List” of a few activities you and your coworkers can try next year: Go ziplining with Zip KC - they can take you on ziplining tours day or night in the park! They also offer team building activities if you want to take your entire Sports Commissi...
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