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Mar. 7, 2013

Stadium boom in the Midwest
SportsTravel Magazine
America’s Heartland is busy building new sports venues: the 162-acre Sanford Sports Complex, which is already partially open, and the Denny Sanford Premier Center, scheduled to open in fall 2014. The Sanford Sports Complex completed the first of its extensive facilities last year, with the opening of the 85,000-square-foot Sanford Fieldhouse, which house 9 football fields.More

Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium formed
The Oklahoma City community has once again displayed ingenuity by forming the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium. The 15-member board for the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium includes permanent representatives from 12 of the most influential members in the sports and special event industry. "This is another great example of private industry, government and sports franchises coming together for the betterment of Oklahoma City and its surrounding communities", said Bob Funk, Jr., chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium.More

Division II winter festival heads to Birmingham, Ala.
More than 1,000 NCAA Division II student-athletes are headed to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in the 2013 Winter National Championships Festival. Five separate team titles will be awarded during the course of the weekend in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and wrestling. Individual honors will also be up for grabs in numerous events across each of the sports disciplines. The Birmingham CrossPlex Athletic Facility will host every event, with wrestling taking place in its Bill Harris Arena.More

Sports events contribute $22 million to economy in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Birmingham News
Sports events poured more than $22 million into Alabama's Baldwin County's beach cities in 2012, the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission announced. In 2008, that figure was $3 million. The Sports Commission plans to keep that growth going, reprising much of 2012's 88-event schedule and bringing in at least two new ones for 2013.More

Cactus League costs, Phoenix-area cities lose millions
USA Today Sports
Cactus League baseball has boosted Arizona tourism for decades, but the annual migration of several hundred thousand fans to the valley is costly for taxpayers. The Cactus League, with an average of 221 games the past five years, generates tens of millions of dollars at the ballparks throughout the season, but the teams take the lion's share of game revenue.More

NSU women to host 2015 NCAA golf regional
Talequah Daily Press
Northeastern State has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Central Regional tournament, the NCAA committee announced. The tournament is scheduled to be held in May 2015 at Emerald Falls Golf Course in Broken Arrow. This will mark the third time in NSU’s history that the women’s golf program will host a regional (2003, 2006).More

All 8 regional sites selected for 2013 Division III Championships
The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee has selected all eight regionals for the 2013 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. “The committee is confident each of these sites will put forth a great effort in hosting a successful regional,” said Paul Sargent, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee chair and head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at Franklin. “We carefully reviewed each of the bids and looked for sites that had top-notch cross country courses, were appealing to fans and would be an overall great experience for our student-athletes.”More

Visitor's bureau recognized by sports event group
Go Upstate
SportsEvents Media Group recently named the Spartanburg CVB as the recipient of one of its Readers' Choice awards based on its performance while hosting the National Softball Association's Girls Fast Pitch World Series last summer. One of three winners in South Carolina, the bureau was selected by sports event professionals who were asked to name the commissions, convention bureaus and venues they believe displayed exemplary creativity and professionalism as a host.More

Rock 'n' Roll marathon to bring thousands to Raleigh in 2014
News & Observer
Thousands of marathon runners from around the country are expected to descend on downtown Raleigh, N.C., in April 2014 for a race that's projected to bring about $2 million in tourism spending to the city. Held in more than 30 cities around the world, the marathon includes rock bands playing along the race course. It also features a two-day health and fitness exhibition. More

Chicago showing new approach to sporting events
Crain's Chicago Business
On the surface, hosting the Big Ten men's basketball tournament appears to be a perfect fit for the city of Chicago: the central location, the United Center, the bevy of tourist hot spots, the hordes of alumni from each school. That's what made the conference's 2006 decision to snub the Windy City and give Indianapolis the event for five straight years between 2008 and 2012 a major reality check. Seven years later, with the event returning to the United Center March 14-17 for the first time since 2007, Chicago has a renewed approach. More

2024 Olympics bid invitations sent to 35 US cities
The Washington Times
The United States Olympic Committee sent a letter to the mayors of 35 U.S. cities inviting them to throw their names into the ring as a potential host for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Letters went to the 25 largest cities in the country, plus 10 others that had previously expressed an interest in hosting. Washington at Baltimore are on the list, along with previous hosts Los Angeles, Atlanta and St. Louis. More

Orange County's Lowers Pro surfing contest canceled
The Associated Press via The Tribune
A contest that drew world-class surfers to Orange County, Calif., has been canceled for the first time in 24 years because it couldn't find a sponsor. The Lowers Pro was scheduled to run April 30-May 4 at Lower Trestles, a surfing spot south of San Clemente. The event was sponsored by Nike for the past five years but the sportswear company pulled out of surfing last year and contest organizers couldn't replace it in time.More

Farmer's Field a bust for NFL and Los Angeles
Yahoo Sports
Less than six months after the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support AEG's plan, the concept is essentially dead to the NFL, according to two sources. The problems with the plan are numerous, but the most essential one is the economics. "The numbers just don't work, no matter how you look at the deal," a league source said in February. AEG has been hoping to build a stadium on space that currently occupies the convention center and is across the street from the Staples Center/L.A. Live complex in downtown.More