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Annual impact of Razorback sports hits $153.6 million
The City Wire
In case you were wondering, 5,774 hotel rooms in Northwest Arkansas were occupied by football game attendees during 2012, and 176,957 meals were purchased in area restaurants by those attendees. Such numbers are from a study conducted by the University of Arkansas that paints a very positive picture of the economic impact of the university's athletic program. The study did not mention how many of those 2012 football-related meals were swallowed with a bitter pill of disappointment.
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Amateur sports complex slated for Rockford, Ill.
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One of the largest indoor amateur sports complexes in the Midwest will open its doors on the banks of the Rock River in downtown Rockford, Ill., in 2014. The 115,000-square-foot riverfront complex will feature eight basketball courts, at least 14 volleyball courts, an extreme sports park, children's play area, riverwalk and more. The Rockford City Council approved financing for the project and hired Sink Combs Dethlefs, a nationally-renowned athletic facility design firm, to lead the project's architectural and engineering team, along with a team of local architectural and engineering firms serving as sub-consultants on the project team. More

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival dual slalom event draws huge crowd
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Of all the things that go into the 25th annual dual slalom bicycle race, it came down to something any sports fan can understand. Trevyn Newpher had the fastest qualifying time giving him his choice of courses. Jesse Hunt didn't. In the end, Newpher won but the event drew one of its biggest fields in history. More than 30 riders showed up, with the top 16 from the qualification advancing to the finals. More

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Event organizers can apply for Salt Lake City fund grants
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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, the City Council and the Special Events Office have invited event organizers to apply for a sponsorship through the city's Signature Events Fund. The fund, established by Becker and the Salt Lake City Council, is intended to financially support public events, both large and small, that provide significant economic and cultural contributions to Salt Lake City. More

Haywood County, NC, wants to hike tourist tax to fund ballparks
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Haywood County, NC, tourism leaders want to increase the tax on overnight lodging to fund special tourism-related capital projects, including a Jonathan Creek sports complex — a proposal that seems to have traction with county commissioners as well. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority Board unanimously agreed that upping its lodging tax from 4 percent to the maximum 6 percent allowed by the state would raise money for projects the county otherwise couldn't afford. More

Special Olympics tournament draws communities together
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Sharon Freitag has sung the national anthem at sporting events before, but never at an event quite like the basketball tournament held Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Baldwin-Woodville High School in Baldwin, Wis. Freitag sang for the opening ceremonies of the first ever Red Cedar Invitational Special Olympics Basketball game. The Red Cedar invitational ran much like any other basketball tournament. The teams played hard, the crowds cheered, and the Baldwin-Woodville varsity cheerleading squad led cheers. Of the approximately 400 people that attended the event, Wakeen estimates 200 were spectators. More

Run for the Dream organizers anticipate 2,500 for each race
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Despite recent bouts with snow, organizers of the Run for the Dream are hoping warmer weather and spring plans are on runners' brains. Chilly winter temperatures haven't slowed race organizers who are in full swing preparing for this year's Run for the Dream weekend in Williamsburg, Va. "We're on par with last year's registration," said Amy Ritchie, director of public relations and marketing for An Achievable Dream. "We expect it to pick up around March once it gets warmer and people start thinking about getting back outside." Ritchie anticipates each race will draw approximately 2,500 runners. More

Jacksonville, Fla., secures USRowing's 2014 annual meeting
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USRowing will hold its 2014 annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla. The national governing body for the sport will attract 350 to 400 members to its meeting at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Dec.4 to 7, Visit Jacksonville said. The meeting has brought confirmed bookings of more than 650 local room nights. More

New competitive ice fishing series making stop at Oneida Lake, NY
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A new competitive ice fishing series is making a stop at Oneida Lake, N.Y., Feb. 16-17. The North East Ice Fishing Circuit is holding a tournament based at the Big Bay Marina. The contest is part of a seven-part series for two-person angling teams that began Jan. 20 at Black Lake and includes waterways in New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania. More



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