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Unusual venues can spice up college athletics
By Chuck Cox
When the Tennessee Volunteers step onto the football field to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 10, 2016, there will likely be about 150,000 fans on hand. That's because the teams will be meeting at the Bristol Motor Speedway, which is just 115 miles from Tennessee's campus in Knoxville. Games at unusual venues for big-time college basketball, football and hockey are starting to pop up on a regular basis. From baseball stadiums to aircraft carriers, the backdrops for games have gotten more interesting and creative over the years.
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Defining the roles of sports commissions and convention & visitors bureaus
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Youth sports bring big money to Tallahassee
Tallahassee Democrat
During the next week, four different age-group Babe Ruth baseball teams will pull into Tallahassee for state championship tournaments. When the summertime events are added to others such as the NCAA cross country championships that FSU hosted last year, having sports competition generated $14 million. That doesn't include the influx of visitors who come for FSU and FAMU football games.
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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon study: Economic impact in North Carolina city exceeded $8 million
Raleigh News & Observer
April's debut of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon brought an $8.13 million boost to Raleigh, North Carolina's economy, according to a study commissioned by the race organizers. The study's findings, released recently, far exceed the $2 million in tourism spending projected when the race was announced in 2013.
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New sports campus/50-meter pool, park renovations top Alabama city's 1st recreation master plan
AL.com
Creating a downtown sports campus with an indoor pool topped the list of key recommendations on the first master plan the Madison, Alabama, City Council has established for parks and recreation. The 10-year-plan, adopted by the council at its last meeting, follows the recommendations of the KPS Group, which conducted a growth study starting last fall.
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Des Moines Area Sports Commission hosts AAU Junior Olympic Games
Des Moines Area Sports Commission
The Des Moines Area Sports Commission, a division of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host the 48th annual AAU Junior Olympic Games, July 22–Aug. 2, 2014 in Greater Des Moines, Iowa. With 14,000 athletes, 2,000 coaches, 2,600 volunteers and 40,000 total visitors anticipated, the games are expected to bring $47 million in economic impact to Greater Des Moines. For more information, go to catchdesmoines.com/aaujo.
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Erie Admirals Elite Challenge Cup returns for 3rd year
Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce the 2014 Erie Admirals Elite Challenge Cup will return to the Pennsylvania city's Family First Sports Park Sept. 26-28. The tournament will feature boys and girls youth teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Indiana, Kentucky and Canada.
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Cities find buyers' remorse for winning Olympics, World Cup
The Washington Post
Could it be? Are the voices of reason and fiscal prudence at last winning out over greedy special interests, mathematically illiterate pundits and corrupt politicians? In other words, has the world finally realized what a superbly dumb idea it is to host a major sporting event?
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Brazil's success at hosting World Cup bodes well for Olympics
Bloomberg
Brazil's unprecedented defeats on the field in the 2014 World Cup contrast with the organizational success of the world's most-watched sports event, which went off without major hitches following months of public criticism about partially finished stadiums, labor strikes and threats of mass protests. The results may bode well for the country's ability to pull off a successful 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
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Finding key volunteers for your next event
By Bill Hanson
An effective volunteer program is a must-have if your organization conducts numerous events and activities each year. Such a program should allow you to recruit volunteers from a database of several thousand people. Even though the recruited number will vary from event to event, you'll recognize more than a few people who become repeat volunteers. This core group can become beneficial to your organization and, therefore, should be nurtured as a group and recognized for their work.
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Ohio State greats to talk football at the 'The Morning Sports Report'
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission will host its 11th annual The Morning Sports Report, presented by Marathon. The breakfast, including a VIP reception prior to, provides fans an inside look at Central Ohio's sports scene, featuring its teams, notable figures and upcoming events.
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LeBron James' return to bring Cleveland $500 million a year
Bloomberg
Landing LeBron James will mean millions of dollars in economic benefit to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga County officials said. The return of the star forward to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers will have a $500 million a year impact on the local economy, with a boost from additional ticket sales and other spending, County Executive Ed FitzGerald said.
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Unusual venues can spice up college athletics
By Chuck Cox
Games at unusual venues for big-time college basketball, football and hockey are starting to pop up on a regular basis. From baseball stadiums to aircraft carriers, the backdrops for games have gotten more interesting and creative over the years.

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Quidditch World Cup wants to take over Texas parks
KXAN-TV
Austin, Texas, is a finalist to host the World Cup of Quidditch in 2015. Quidditch has been turned into a reality, and the International Quidditch Association wants to take over the Travis County Northeast Metro Park soccer fields for the 2015 World Cup.

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Greater Columbus Sports Commission moving to the Arena District
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission announced that it will be moving to the Ohio city's Arena District in October. The move and expansion is a result of successfully attracting the many large-scale events that are coming to the region over the next several years.

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$66 million plan would replace Houston's Astrodome with green space
Houston Chronicle
County leaders said recently they are open to considering a $66 million plan devised by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the NFL's Houston Texans to demolish the iconic Astrodome and turn the nearly 9-acre site into a massive outdoor space reminiscent of downtown's Discovery Green. The two organizations — the primary tenants of the South Loop sports complex where the vacant stadium stands — briefed commissioners on their proposal recently.
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Michigan complex nears grand opening with 2015 schedule nearly filled
The Grand Rapids Press
When complex manager Bryan Baar looks out over the fields at the new Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford, Michigan, he sees games — a lot of games, including MHSAA state finals — which could translate into a lot of revenue for the area. The $7.8 million facility, which broke ground Oct. 23, 2012, will open on schedule with eight diamonds for baseball and softball in its first phase, including a championship baseball field.
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