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Center of celebration
The Morning Sun
Kansas' Pittsburg State and community officials broke ground on the new Robert W. Plaster Center, a site that has already been selected to host the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track Championships. "It's hard to believe, but in a little more than a year, the space to our east will be filled with one of the largest, most advanced event centers that you'll find anywhere in the nation in Division II, and I'd argue anywhere in the nation, at any level," said Kendall Gammon, Pittsburg State director of development for intercollegiate athletics.
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Simpson tapped as TTSC president and CEO
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tourism and Sports Commission announced the appointment of Gina Simpson as its next president and CEO. TTSC works to increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by positioning Tuscaloosa as a destination. Simpson knows TTSC well — she has served on the board of directors since 2010 and was chair of the board in 2013. "I am delighted to be joining TTSC as its next president and CEO," she said.
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DuPage County wins bid to host USBC Youth Open and Junior Gold bowling championships in 2015
DuPage CVB
The DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that the USBC Youth Open Championships and North Pointe Junior Gold Championships will be held in DuPage County on July 9-26, 2015. DuPage was chosen over several major cities throughout the United States that bid for the tournaments. The Junior Gold Championships feature the top youth bowlers in the nation competing for national titles in six divisions: U12 boys; U12 girls; U15 boys; U15 girls; U20 boys; and U20 girls. Qualifying events for the Junior Gold Championships are held throughout the country for Junior Gold members.
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Integrity Rhythmic Gymnastics to host country's largest invitational meet with 6th Annual Spring Fling Invitational
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Integrity Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Boosters of Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics are pleased to announce the sixth annual Spring Fling Invitational competition in Columbus, April 4-6. For the fourth year in a row, the meet will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand, which is the largest, multi-purpose ballroom in Ohio. More than 500 gymnasts are expected to compete, making it the country's largest rhythmic gymnastics invitational. Columbus will welcome international competitors from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Finland, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.
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Alabama town plans events center, conference center hotel
City of Foley
Foley, Ala., is moving forward with plans to build a multi-use, state-of-the-art sports complex, complete with multiple outdoor playing fields and an indoor sports center that will provide the city with the capacity to host large indoor and outdoor sports tournaments. A 150-room hotel with conference capability will also be built adjacent to the complex, creating a one-stop venue where sports teams can spend the night and walk to their tournaments, according to city officials. Construction of the $27 million sports complex could begin as early as March, according to Foley Mayor John Koniar, with completion expected by spring of 2015.
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Gulfport Sportsplex prepares for Mississippi Gulf Coast Softball Classic
WLOX-TV
College softball teams are in Mississippi to play ball at the Gulfport Sportsplex. It's the first major college softball showcase hosted at the sportsplex, and it's the kind of event that draws more attention to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Workers at the sports facility prepared for the arrival of the ten NCAA Division I teams and 25 high school teams. The softball showcase strikes as a win for the sportsplex which struggled to book games in the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Since 2010, the complex has seen a significant increase in both the amount of teams and promoters.
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DMAI to co-locate Certified Destination Management Executive Elective: Sports in Destination Marketing and Management at 22nd Annual NASC Sports Event Symposium
Destination Marketing
DMAI and NASC are pleased to announce a partnership to co-locate DMAI's CDME Elective: Sports in Destination Marketing and Management at the 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium. The course will be held on Sunday, March 30 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. C.T. in Oklahoma City, Okla. Register here.
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Sports tourists bring business to Florida
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A repeat sports competition hosted in the Sarasota, Fla., area continues to bring consistent business to Sarasota stores and hotels, a study by the Temple University Sport Industry Research Center found. The Philadelphia-based research center specifically studied the economic impact of the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, finding that revenue generated by the running race increased by 10 percent from 2012 to 2013 and pumped $2.5 million into the local economy.
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Don Staley hired as executive director of sports in Alabama
City of Foley
Foley, Ala., officials announce they have hired Don Staley as executive director for a planned multi-use sports complex that will provide the city with the capacity to host large indoor and outdoor sports tournaments. Staley is the former executive director of sports for the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission. "I'm very excited to have Don Staley join our team," said Mayor John Koniar.
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Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism appoints new CEO
ColaDaily.com
In South Carolina, a Midlands leader in promoting the region's accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions has chosen a new president and CEO. The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism announced that Bill Ellen is stepping into the role and will head up the organization.
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Doors open to North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex
WPDE-TV
In South Carolina, the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sport Complex has officially opened its doors for the first time. The new complex is home to six softball fields, playgrounds, walking trails and even dog parks. "We expect to generate between $15 and $18 million in economic impact just here at this facility alone. Throughout the city we're probably around $30 million in economic impact, so that's big for us for a tourism driven economy," explained Matt Gibbons, Superintendent of Sports Tourism and Athletics.
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Center of celebration
The Morning Sun
Kansas' Pittsburg State and community officials broke ground on the new Robert W. Plaster Center, a site that has already been selected to host the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track Championships.

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Fox Cities, Wis., to explore new sports facilities
Appleton Post-Crescent
Seeking to capitalize on a growing sports tourism market, Wisconsin's Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired a consultant to examine whether the region could sustain a new multi-use facility.

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What happens to Olympic venues after the torch goes out
TODAY
Venues like the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Fisht Stadium have dazzled athletes and fans alike during the Olympics in Sochi. But what will become of them when the Olympic flame is extinguished and time marches on?

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Plans to bring Montana football championships to Missoula unveiled
KPAX-TV
Missoula wants to host every Montana high school state championship football game and give fans two incredible days in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The Destination Missoula Sports Commission and the Tourism Business Improvement District formally announced their plan at a recent press conference. The organization can pursue a big event like this, because the TBID has handed out over $65,000 of grant money the last two years to help bring sport showcases to the city.
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