Sports Facilities Summit

Sports ETA Announces William Knox to Lead Facilities Program Development

 Posted on: January 5 2022
CINCINNATI (January 5, 2022) – Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) has named William Knox to lead Facilities Program Development. He will oversee the Sports Facilities membership and programming, a growing segment of the general membership. Knox earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing with a minor in Business from Indiana University in 2000. After completing his undergraduate career, he accepted a position as the Director of Sports Marketing with the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Later, he became the Director of the Hoosier Sports Corporation. Knox moved to Hamilton County in 2009 to accept the Director of Sports Development position for Hamilton County Tourism INC, where he also served as the Director of the Hamilton County Sports Authority. Knox went on to become the Director of the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana where he oversaw the operations, marketing and business development of the 400-acre campus tha...

Sports ETA to Partner on Two New U.S. Sports Congress Events

 Posted on: July 15 2021
Contact: Jackie Reau, Game Day (513) 708-5822 |   Sports ETA to Partner on Two New U.S. Sports Congress Events   CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – Sports ETA, the trade association for the U.S. sports events and tourism industry, will serve as an organizing partner of the new U.S. Sports Congress Economic Development & Sports Tourism Summit (ED&STS) and the Collegiate Championship Symposium scheduled for December.   Both events will take place under the U.S. Sports Congress umbrella in Frisco, Texas. The ED&STS will be held December 6-7 and the Collegiate Championship Symposium will be December 6.   The ED&STS is designed for economic development professionals, Chambers of Commerce, park districts and government representatives. This unique programming will feature its own educational track, including opportunities to network with other like-minded professionals at U.S. Sports Congress receptions.   T...

Sports ETA announces dates for 2021 programs

 Posted on: December 1 2020
Women’s Summit: March 31 - April 2, 2021 hosted in San Antonio, Texas Sports Facilities Summit: April 26-27, 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama  Symposium: April 26-29, 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama 4S Summit: October 19-21, 2021 in El Paso, Texas The Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) announced today its 2021 slate of programs, which includes four signature events designed to bring the national membership and sports events and tourism industry leaders together for educational and networking opportunities. The Women’s Summit, planned for March 31-April 2 hosted in San Antonio, Texas, is developed by top female leaders in the sports events and tourism industry to help women achieve their career goals. Attendees will take away tools and resources to elevate their personal brand and become more valuable to their organization. Registration is open now: The Sports ETA Symposium, which will be...

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

Top 10 Trends to Watch in 2020

 Posted on: December 30 2019
As we put a bow on 2019 and roll into 2020, there are a number of areas we are watching in the sports events and tourism industry. Below is a list of the top 10 trends to watch in 2020 from Sports ETA: 10. Continued growth in the sports department of Destination Marketing Organizations. More and more CVB/DMO organization leadership is realizing and investing in the ROI and ROM of a strong sports tourism segment. The results of this value will continue to be championed by Sports ETA. Stay tuned for more as we launch a new and improved State of the Industry Report at the 2020 Sports ETA Symposium in Kansas City. 9. The increasing role of parks and recreation departments in sports events and tourism initiatives. Parks and recreation departments continue to play an integral role in the sports events and tourism landscape. We expect this trend to continue into 2020, particularly as youth sport specialization is scrutinized and communities see the opportunity for recreational spo...

Score BIG With Sports Tourism Events

 Posted on: September 26 2019
Funding, Usage, Facility Management -- Learn about the latest industry trends at one of the largest sports complexes in the world. Save your spot for the Sports Facilities Summit today. "As a new facility operator, I have relied on best practices from similar facilities in order to plan our staffing and maintenance programs.  As we are entering the market, it seems there is a lack of networking and training opportunities for facilities like ours.  The Sports Facilities Summit fills a large need in the industry and I am excited to learn from experts around the country on how to better our product and/or operations." Ben Huffman, CSEE, Director of Sports Enterprises, Warren County CVB WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Convention Centers Developers & Architects Indoor/Outdoor Facilities Non-Traditional Sports Venues Parks and Recreation Stadiums & Arenas Sports Complexes Sports Destinations Sports Facility Vendors Sports Parks ...

Register Today!

 Posted on: August 29 2019
Fall 2019 Sports Facilities Summit Mark your calendars for October 24 - 26 as we're hosting the 2nd Sports Facilities Summit!  Developed by industry leaders in sports facilities, events, and tourism, the Sports Facilities Summit provides education and facilities tours to industry leaders who want to learn about trends, and experience live operations of a sports facility. Created to facilitate discussions and networking, the Sports Facilities Summit hosts a series of events to explore all aspects of this industry. The fall Summit will be held at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, IN. Who Should Attend?    Convention Centers Developers & Architects Indoor/Outdoor Facilities Non-Traditional Sports Venues Parks and Recreation Stadiums & Arenas Sports Complexes Sports Destinations Sports Facility Vendors Sports Parks Topics Facility Development Facility Funding Facility Management Admin Issues F...