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Riverside: Out-of-water sports events coming, too
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We have previously discussed the number of high-end events that the Riverside Aquatic Complex has lured to town, including the current eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming championships. But the city's profile is increasing out of the water, as well. Think rugby. Or paintball. Or — brace yourself — quidditch. Riverside either will host, has bid for or is considering a push for championship events in each of those pastimes, Riverside Sports Commission president Debbi Guthrie recently said.
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Sports tourism success prompts Orange Beach to add traffic signal on Canal Road
AL.com
Sports tourism continues to be big business in south Baldwin County with tournament visitors infusing $22.4 million into the local economy in 2012 alone, according to the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. According to the sports commission, the area hosted 88 events, accounting for 64,076 room nights, in 2012 with direct visitor spending up 37 percent from $16.3 million in 2011 and up nearly 300 percent from the $7.6 million in 2009.
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The BIG Tournament Selects a Regional Competition Site
The BIG Tournament
The BIG Tournament, the world's biggest invitational amateur charity golf tournament, recently announced that Jacksonville Country Club in Jacksonville, N.C. has been selected as a host for a Round Two Regional event on Oct. 12.
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Knightdale may pursue funding for soccer complex
Eastern Wake News
Town Council hopes to partner with Wake County and local business Wake Stone to build a destination soccer field complex in Knightdale. The Capital Area Soccer League showcase attracts 1,000 teams from 40 states, bringing an estimated $9 million in visitor spending, according to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
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Evansville moving forward with plans for million dollar sports complex
WFIE-TV
Evansville is one step closer to having a new sports complex. The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau recently made a decision about the proposed softball/baseball complex. The CVB approved the purchase of the more than 95 acres of land next to the Goebel Soccer Complex on N Green River Road for $1.35 million.
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Effort hits home run with sports marketing
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
It's not just sporting events that breed cliches, sports tourism efforts can also generate their own colorful language. The proof in that pudding is took place at Palm Harbor Golf Course with the United States Specialty Sports Association junior golf tournament. The event was expected to bring as many as 96 golfers — along with their families and friends — to Flagler County's hotels, restaurants and attractions.
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Clay Commission eyes zoning change involving mega-ballpark
The Florida Times-Union
Clay County is asking the state to allow it to consider changing the land use designation for a 470-acre tract near Middleburg, which includes 35 acres earmarked as the potential site for a proposed mega ball park complex. The study estimates that visitor spending in Clay would be $10 million the first year and increase to $12.5 million by the 10th year. It also estimates the project would create 2,700 new jobs by the 10th year.
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Purdue to host 2014 International Jugglers Association Festival
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In July of 2014, hundreds of jugglers will assemble for seven days of shows, competitions, workshops, parades and more during the 67th Annual International Jugglers' Association Festival. The event will take place on the beautiful Purdue University campus and will run 24 hours a day for seven days straight, featuring almost non-stop juggling.

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Spooky Nook Sports, soon to be the home of the US Women's National Field Hockey team, opens
The Patriot-News
For locals, it will be a new place to work out for, or participate in, their favorite sports. But nationally speaking, it will soon be the new capital of field hockey. Spooky Nook Sports recently opened to the public in Manheim. The complex, which is still only partially complete, includes facilities for baseball, softball, tennis and other sports.

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Weather can leave sports fans and venues out in the rain
The Washington Post
It was no surprise that weather would become a factor for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club last week. The real surprise was how unaccommodating the rainout policy was for fans that traveled to the Ardmore golf course. A wide-spread bow-echo pushed across Pennsylvania, stopping many golfers in the midst of their first round and delaying golf some two-plus hours. 

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Adventure races continue to surge in popularity
The Gazette
Plenty of runners, looking for more than roads and trails to challenge themselves, are joining the obstacle course/mud run craze. In Colorado Springs last year, for the debut of the mudfest/obstacle course/slip-and-slide race known as the Big Dog Brag, organizers thought they might get 500 people. It drew 1,800. The organizers' new race in Pueblo this month had 1,500 runners, and they expect up to 3,000 to take part in the second Big Dog Brag here Aug. 3.
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Butler County's Challenger Baseball to host state tournament
Hamilton JournalNews
A state baseball tournament is expected to generate $450,000 for the regional economy this summer. Butler County tourism officials said as many as 5,000 people will be in town for the 2013 Challenger Baseball State Tournament at Waterworks Park in Fairfield on July 20-21.
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