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 ...

Celebrate your win with us - We'll shout it from the rooftops!

 Posted on: July 31 2019
Do you have a new facility or sports complex? Did you just win a big award or event? Looking for a shoutout? How about celebrating a big win for your organization or city? Celebrate with us and other members! With your Sports ETA membership, you can be added to our weekly e-newsletter, Get in the Game eNews. The email, sent out every Thursday, includes press releases, articles and news about our members and the world of sports tourism and events. It’s a great way to celebrate your accomplishments.  It’s very easy to be included in the Get in the Game eNews. Just submit your content to Meagan@SportsETA.org by noon ET every Wednesday. Don’t forget to also subscribe to the newsletter here. You can also check out past editions on the archives page here: http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/nasc/.

Omaha begins plans for the 2020 Olympic Swim Trials

 Posted on: July 15 2019
Omaha Sports Commission is starting to prepare for the Olympic-qualifying Swim Trials, which will happen in June next year. This eight-day event brings in thousands of people from every state hoping to see their locals make it to the next level. Next summer will mark Omaha’s fourth consecutive time hosting this event. Based on the 2016 statistics published in an article from the Omaha World Herald, organizers expect to sell out the 100,000 square-foot CHI Health Center for every meet and to bring in more than $74 million in tourism. In 2016... • 1,500 swimmers competed in the 2016 Trials and similar numbers are expected to compete in 2020, making it the largest and most exciting swimming event in the world. • Fans booked more than 23,000 hotel room nights in 2016, ate tens of thousands of meals at local restaurants, generated millions of dollars of merchandise sales and visited numerous area attractions. • All eight nights of the Trials were broadcas...

2019 MLB All-Star Week puts Cleveland in the Spotlight

 Posted on: July 9 2019
Cleveland is in the middle of hosting MLB’s All-Star Week. The five-day event has featured concerts, the Celebrity Softball Game, a 5K, the Home Run Derby, and still to come is the big All-Star game. With all these events, Cleveland is expected to see more than just the 35,041 people Progressive Park holds. Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO David Gilbert told Forbes, “We know people will split up and go to different events. Not everyone who attends the All-Star Game will also attend the Home Run Derby, Futures Game or celebrity softball game. There’s also the Red Carpet All-Star Parade. People will come to town just to be a baseball tourist even if they don’t have a ticket for the game.” As you can imagine, this is going to be a big boost for Cleveland. The All-Star weekend is expected to produce an estimated $65 million alone. That’s a good return on Cleveland’s investment since, according to Forbes, hotel capacity ha...

Award Winner Spotlight: Destination Branding & Marketing Campaign of the Year

 Posted on: June 21 2019
At this year’s Symposium in Knoxville, TN, we honored organizations for being the best in 11 different categories in 2018. We want to take this time to spotlight each of them. This month, it’s Rockford Area CVB, winner of the Destination Branding & Marketing Campaign of the Year. “This accolade is certainly indicative of a lot of hard work, strong storytelling and diverse programming that collectively keeps elevating Rockford as a sports destination. But again, we have so much more to accomplish and are really excited about what the future holds for us and the greater sports tourism industry.”  Nick Povalitis, Director of Sports Development, Rockford Area CVB. Rockford Area CVB has seen many successes in the past few years including retaining legacy events such as the USA BMX Midwest Nationals, winning six bids with NJCAA National Championship, and creating a viral hit with a community watch party dubbed Jurassic Park RKFD. Povalitis counts Roc...

Have something to share? Share it with us!

 Posted on: June 17 2019
Have you written an article on an industry topic? Read an article that you think would be helpful to your industry peers? Share it with us, and we’ll post it. One of the many benefits of being a Sports ETA member is being able to contribute to our blog. We post weekly about industry news, tips on the 4 S’s of sports events and tourism, and achievements made by our members. It’s really easy to contribute! All you have to do is email Meagan Grau at meagan@sportscommissions.org. Not only will we post it to our blog, but we’ll add it to our social media with an audience of more than 7,000 people. While you are checking out our blog, make sure to subscribe to get the highlights from each month straight to your inbox.

Cycling is riding back into Asheville

 Posted on: June 10 2019
Asheville, North Carolina has hosted many cycling races in the past, so it is no surprise that they picked up another cycling coup: The Gran Fondo National Championships. According to the Asheville Times, the Gran Fondo will guarantee a higher revenue than their most recent race, The Haute Route, since Ashville will be the host for both 2019 and 2020. The Haute Route Asheville was a three-day event held at the end of May 2019. This event brought in about $1 million to the city. Since riders and their families always spend time in local hotels, restaurants, and shops, these events are so exciting for small businesses. Congratulations to the Asheville Sports Commission for all their hard work on these many cycling races. Keep up the good work! View the full article from The Citizen Times.

Bicentennial Celebration increases tourism for Tuscaloosa

 Posted on: June 10 2019
Normally when you hear Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama comes to mind. It is true that Crimson Tide football remains one of the most popular events in the state, however, a new event is starting to attract tourist attention. Tuscaloosa is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year by having multiple celebrations to attract tourists from outside of the state of Alabama. We have more detailed information thanks to an article released by the Tuscaloosa News last week. According to the article, there was a free Bicentennial Bash in March that was held in the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, including bands like The 400 Unit, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Broken Bones, along with others. The biggest day of celebration will be on Dec. 13th, since that was the day the town was founded back in 1819. There will be a statue unveiling and more celebrations to be revealed later. Congratulations to Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports.

Lake Erie’s Rhythm and Ride Event Cycles Back

 Posted on: May 29 2019
The Lake Erie Cyclefest is preparing for another successful partnership with The Blues & Jazz Festival for four days of Rhythm and Ride. The event will take place the first weekend of August 2019 and contain music, entertainment, and six cycling races. The weekend kicks off with a free race on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6 AM. Races will continue through Sunday, Aug. 4 ranging from no cost to a $40 participation fee. All proceeds benefit EmergyCare, WQLN and the YMCA of Greater Erie. According to the Erie Sports Commission, the race is used to encourage green living and a holistically healthy lifestyle. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the “meet-up” space to chat with fellow cyclists. All music events, lectures, art exhibits, and performances are completely free. For more information about specific ride times and registration, visit www.eriecyclefest.org.

USA Roller Sports National Championships will be hosted in Cedar Rapids

 Posted on: May 29 2019
A big accomplishment was announced this month for a member of the NASC. The city of Cedar Rapids was selected to host the USA Roller Sports National Championships in 2020. The city is currently preparing for one of the largest events in their history, with the competition lasting 23 days in the month of July 2020. All activities will take place in the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.  The six competitive sports disciplines included in the 2020 USARS National Championships are figure skating, in-line hockey, roller derby, rink hockey, freestyle, and speed skating. According to The Gazette, this event is projected to generate more than 10,000 overnight stays and $8 million in visitor spending. Much of this revenue will come from the 1,600 participants and their families, all ranging in age from elementary to senior citizens. Congratulations to Cedar Rapids Tourism for booking such an important event. Learn more at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Roller-Sports
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