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Minnesota to host Super Bowl LII
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Minnesota will host Super Bowl LII. New Orleans and Indianapolis were also among the finalists. It took four rounds of votes among the 32 owners to settle on Minnesota. "It was nerve-racking, but a great sense of relief and excitement," Mark Wilf, the Vikings owner and president, told NFL Network moments after the announcement. "We couldn't be more proud of our host committee, and we're just very thankful to the league for giving us this opportunity."
'Celebritizing' your event
The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was marked with, of course, great emotion and even larger crowds, both running and spectating. It also had its share of celebrity, as the famous, the almost famous and wanna-be-famous looked to showed their support for the event and, usually, run for a good cause.
The quest for sponsorships
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember weekend afternoons in front of the TV set, watching Chris Schenkel call the Professional Bowlers Association tournament of the week. Big names like Dick Weber and Don Carter would compete every week in a sport that a lot of us played at our hometown lanes. It was a big deal if there was a PBA stop near you.
Topeka, Kansas, to host 2014 USSSA Fastpitch Softball World Series
Visit Topeka Inc. and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce that Topeka has been named the host of the 2014 United States Specialty Sports Association Fastpitch Softball World Series. The tournament will be held July 17-19 at Bettis Family Sports Complex, Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex and Rueger Softball Complex.
ISF plans fundraising campaign for museum
Plant City Observer
There was once a time when Major League Baseball was a part of Plant City, Florida, by way of the Cincinnati Reds. Although those days are long gone, there's a chance that the "Bigs" could be back in Plant City Stadium. If everything goes as Don Porter and the International Softball Federation hopes they could, then MLB exhibition games — and the long-proposed ISF Hall of Fame Museum — may become realities in the future.
Orioles advertising deal gives a tourism assist to Sarasota, Florida
Tampa Bay Business Journal
A $1 million advertising agreement with the Baltimore Orioles helped spur traffic from mid-Atlantic states to Sarasota, Florida, during the first quarter of the year. The Orioles play their home spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota and give the area plenty of plugs during Mid-Atlantic Sports Network broadcasts. The team helped increase tourism from mid-Atlantic and northeast states by about 7 percent.
TDC, Panama City Beach prepping for summer tournaments
The News Herald
Little League is a big deal in Panama City Beach. With hundreds of baseball and softball teams scheduled to play at Frank Brown Park this summer, the Bay County Tourist Development Council is working with the city to ensure the fields are ready for it.
Illinois tourism office sponsors Nascar Nationwide Series race
Crain's Chicago Business
The Illinois Office of Tourism has switched gears from sponsoring a Nascar race in September to one in July. Chicagoland Speedway announced that the state's tourism bureau signed on as the title sponsor of its July 19 Nascar Nationwide Series event, which will be called the EnjoyIllinois.com 300.
San Jose Earthquakes first professional soccer team to accept bitcoins
If you're want to go and watch the San Jose Earthquakes, there's no need to take your wallet with you. No, they are not handing out free tickets, but the Earthquakes have become the first professional soccer team to accept bitcoin currency in their stadium as the Major League Soccer side are getting super fancy on us.
Boise State sells naming rights to Bronco Stadium
Idaho's iconic sports venue will get a new name soon. Boise State will announce that it has reached a naming-rights agreement for Bronco Stadium, home of the famous blue turf and the two-time Fiesta Bowl champion football team.
Rugby match set at Soldier Field
Crain's Chicago Business
Professional rugby will make its debut at Soldier Field this fall. The New Zealand All Blacks, the country's national team and one of the world's top rugby clubs, will face the U.S. national rugby team in an exhibition game at Soldier Field on Nov. 1. The game, which will be televised on NBC, will mark the first time pro rugby has been played at the stadium and the first time in 34 years that the All Blacks have played on U.S. soil.
LED lighting shining on more American Hockey League arenas
The American Hockey League
In the past 77 years, the American Hockey League has served as a great testing ground for the NHL — whether it's developing player and coaching talent, officiating or new rules. But during the 2013-14 campaign, several AHL teams proved to be innovators more than 100 feet above ice level. And before long, arenas all across North America and Europe will follow suit. That's because four more AHL arenas joined the Syracuse War Memorial Arena to present their games under the brilliance of LED lighting.
Improvements to Sarasota, Florida, BMX track going forward
The county is cautiously moving forward with improvements to its bicycle motocross track, which officials hope will put the community on the map for major competitions and Olympians looking for a place to train. The Sarasota County commissioners voted to allocate $31,593 for preconstruction services, but did not approve a business plan they received from Sarasota BMX.
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Gering council approves recreation consultant
Members of the Gering, Nebraska, City Council approved $75,000 to hire the Florida firm Sports Facilities Advisory to develop a master plan for the area's recreation and leisure needs. Council member Dan Smith, who also serves as chair of the Recreation Committee, told fellow council members they made some changes to the original agreement.
Palm Coast, Florida, will expand Indian Trails Sports Complex again to capitalize on tournament growth
In Florida, the Indian Trails Sports Complex is expanding for the second time in three years, a reflection of Palm Coast's success in attracting quality sports tournaments that draw thousands of out-of-town visitors to the county, filling restaurants and hotels. The Palm Coast City Council Tuesday evening unanimously approved expanding the complex from eight fields to 10, just three years after the complex was expanded from four fields to eight.
Sports tourism bringing more runners to Savannah, Georgia
Savannah Morning News
Whether being pelted by colorful powder or surrounded by rock music, more runners will soon be headed to Savannah, Georgia, thanks to an uptick in sports tourism. Ben Wilder, who heads the Savannah Sports Council, a division of Visit Savannah, said that the Color Run on May 17 has seen a spike in participation this year.
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Women's EVP Pro Beach Volleyball back at Vanderbilt Beach;
EVP National Championships slated for Marco Island in September
Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau
The top women pros from the Extreme Volleyball Professionals tour spike it out on Vanderbilt Beach in Florida at the EVP Island Holiday women's pro volleyball Naples tour stop. Play begins at 8 a.m. and the public is invited to watch the top EVP female athletes dazzle the crowd while they compete for cash prizes and for the title and berth to the EVP National Championship — just announced for Sept. 20 on the beach at Marco Island.
US sports venues to get interactive displays
Sports venue display provider Access Sports Media is to use Blue Bite's mTag platform to add NFC, QR, SMS and geofencing capabilities to its more than 20,000 displays in 200 US sports venues. Access' network includes the homes of more than 80 Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League teams.
Seminole County, Florida, architect far apart on cost of new sports complex
Seminole County, Florida, might have to shell out more money if it wants a premier sports complex. Designs for the facility just off Lake Mary Boulevard are coming in much at a much higher cost than anticipated. The county wants to replace an abandoned orange grove with a facility that houses a dozen fields for soccer, lacrosse, football and softball. They hope to have the fields ready for play by 2016.
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