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Large-event organizers focus on dire weather threats
The Associated Press via Pocono Record
Event organizers have learned the hard way that the usual half-hour warning of severe weather might be enough for people in their homes, but it's not enough to clear people from big venues where concerts and football games are held.
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Sporting event tax incentives approved in Missouri Legislature
The Associated Press via KDSK-TV
State lawmakers are hoping that new incentives can help Missouri compete for big-time sports events. The House gave final approval to legislation authorizing up to $3 million annually in subsidies for cities, counties and nonprofit groups that host amateur sports events such as college basketball tournaments. Missouri's bill would provide tax breaks equal to $5 for every ticket sold to the events.
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Brand USA and ESPN partner to promote sports tourism in the US
The Drum
The tourism marketing body for the United States of America, Brand USA, has joined forces with ESPN to produce an online sports calendar explaining which cities are hosting which sporting events. Housed on the Discover America website, the calendar aims to make it easier for tourists to plan their holidays accordingly around certain sporting events and teams.
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Sports complex already exceeding expectations
WPDE-TV
The new sports complex in North Myrtle Beach, N.C., hasn't even been built yet and its already exceeding expectations. During the North Myrtle Beach Council budget retreat, members were told that, while the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex now under construction on 160 acres west of the Intracoastal Waterway will not open until March 1, 2014, sports tourism event bookings for the March 2014 - November 2014 time frame have already exceeded the initial annual impact that a 2011 Coastal Carolina University study projected the facility would have on the North Myrtle Beach economy.
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Large crowds attend sno-cross event in Hay River
The Hub
Organizer Tanner Froehlich said part of the large crowd of spectators came from other events taking place over the weekend like K'amba Carnival and a women's hockey tournament. Froehlich said that is something organizers will keep in mind for next year. "A lot of people won't want to come from out of town on both weekends. This way they can kill two birds with one stone," he said. "It's a better crowd this way." Next year, organizers also plan to invest in an AM/FM radio transmitter to announce events, racers and schedules. They may introduce an entry fee for spectators to help support the event and to amp up the competition. Organizers paid out $17,500 to race winners. The committee received many donations from the community and businesses in town to make that possible, as well as some fundraising dollars.
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Color-themed sporting events attract larger crowds
The Scribe
Recent color-themed basketball games have been drawing larger crowds compared to regular University of Colorado Colorado Springs games. The Blackout Night and Whiteout Night sporting events tend to garner the highest turnout for UCCS games, but other events such as Pink Zone Night and Green Out Night are following in the trend of color-themed events.
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5 tips for bringing life to live events
Fast Company
Founded by graphic designers Andrew Johnstone and Murray Bell in 2003, Semi-Permanent has hosted 36 events across nine cities and five countries over the last decade. Past speakers and exhibitors have included Banksy, Stefan Sagmeister, Shepard Fairey, Roman Coppola, and creative minds from Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar and Droga5. Given the proliferation of live events aimed at creative thinkers, we asked Johnstone for his "Top 5 Things Creative Live Events Need to Do."
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5 tips for bringing life to live events
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Founded by graphic designers Andrew Johnstone and Murray Bell in 2003, Semi-Permanent has hosted 36 events across nine cities and five countries over the last decade. Past speakers and exhibitors have included Banksy, Stefan Sagmeister, Shepard Fairey, Roman Coppola, and creative minds from Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, and Droga5.

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Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium formed
NASC
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.

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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.

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Texas considering selling alcohol at football, basketball and baseball games
The Daily Texan
More than 100,000 fans flock to most Longhorns football games but, at least for now, aren't allowed to have alcohol at Darrell K Royal Texas-Memorial Stadium. That could soon change. The University of Texas at Austin is considering selling alcohol at football, basketball and baseball games, according to men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds. Texas would become the third Big 12 school to serve alcohol at football games after Iowa State and West Virginia.
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Kathy Nelson will be on her game for the Big 12 tournament
The Kansas City Star
Kathy Nelson of Lenexa is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. The commission is charged, together with the Sprint Center, the Convention and Visitors Association and the city, with putting on the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, which is held at the Sprint Center.
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