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Kyle Field to have smartest technology in country
Austin American-Statesman
Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp says on Mondays following an Aggie football game, there are two frequent themes to his emails. Fans complain about how difficult it is to make calls inside Kyle Field. And women specifically request more restrooms in the stadium. Sharp reported recently that the renovated Kyle Field will cut down on the complaints. In fact, he said Aggie fans will be amazed.
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Thoughts from the MPI World Education Conference
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Ever think there are never enough hours in the day? Or that you're the only person who returns emails on a regular basis? Don't fret, you're not the only one who deals with those issues, and more. At the Meeting Professionals International World Education Conference Aug. 2-5 at Minneapolis, a number of speakers offered tips and suggestions on how to put on great meetings, no matter what the challenge.
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AYSO selects Palm Beach County as site for 2016 AYSO National Games
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Palm Beach County will be home to one of the largest and most prestigious youth soccer events that takes place in the United States. The American Youth Soccer Organization selected Palm Beach County as the destination for the 2016 AYSO National Games. AYSO Section 14 will partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to host the National Games at the International Polo Club in Wellington, from July 3-10, 2016.
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Prospecting in the NASC Sports Marketplace
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The NASC developed the first Sports Marketplace in the late '90s and since then it's become an intricate part of the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium. And looking at the recent responses from our meeting in Oklahoma City, we can tell that your interest in the sports marketplace is as high as or higher than ever, and it turns out to be the number one reason why many of you attend the symposium.
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The Wenatchee Valley in Central Washington State. While summer has kept us hoppin’, we can’t wait for a terrific fall season coming up. October is especially ‘hot’, with the Apple Cup Soccer Tournament, featuring over 100 youth teams! Then there’s the US Figure Skating Northwest Pacific Regionals at our fabulous Town Toyota Center Arena. We’re just a ½ hour flight or 2-1/2 hour drive from Seattle, and we’ve got the weather, the facilities and the attitude to make your event rock!
www.wenatcheevalleysports.com

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Baseball tournaments bolster Indiana city's economy
The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne's World Baseball Academy, an Indiana not-for-profit, organized and managed youth Hoosier Classic baseball tournaments this summer that generated $1,073,512 in tourism economic impact for Fort Wayne, according to the formula for impact provided by Visit Fort Wayne. This is the third straight year that WBA tournaments have had a million- dollar impact on the local economy.
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NCAA reps assess Falcons Stadium's Final Four potential
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Athletic Business
NCAA representatives came Atlanta recently to assess Atlanta's bid to host college basketball's Final Four in the new Falcons stadium, a task complicated by the fact that the proposed venue has yet to rise from the dirt of a downtown construction site. Ordinarily, NCAA site visits would include extensive tours of the proposed venue. But the delegation instead got a virtual tour of the new Falcons stadium that isn't scheduled for completion until March 2017.
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Experienced sports event marketer joins Ocala/Marion County VCB
Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau via NASC
Corry Locke is the newest addition to the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau team as the sports marketing specialist. Formerly with the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department, Locke is no stranger to managing large sporting events for the destination.
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U.S. Masters Swimming national meet set to return to North Carolina in 2016
News & Record
On Sunday, Hill Carrow was chairman of a bid committee trying to bring the 2016 U.S. Masters Swimming Short-Course National Championships meet to North Carolina's Greensboro Aquatic Center. Today, Carrow is chairman of the host committee.
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Washington County Visitors Association names Kearsley director of sales
Washington County Visitors Association via NASC
The Washington County Visitors Association announced today the promotion of Corey Kearsley to director of sales for the nonprofit destination marketing organization. In his new role, he will oversee the non-profit organization’s sales team and overall sales efforts.
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The 10 craziest playing surfaces in sports
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For decades, playing surfaces in sports remained static. Grass was real and green, wood was brown and ice was white. But in 1986, a little school in Idaho decided to break the mold, installing a blue turf field and changing the future of how people thought about the courts, fields and rinks on which they play.
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Kyle Field to have smartest technology in country
Austin American-Statesman
Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp says on Mondays following an Aggie football game, there are two frequent themes to his emails. Fans complain about how difficult it is to make calls inside Kyle Field. And women specifically request more restrooms in the stadium. Sharp reported recently that the renovated Kyle Field will cut down on the complaints.

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NASC and its members featured in SportsBusiness Journal
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The NASC and many of our members are featured in an 18-page special advertising section in this week's SportsBusiness Journal. The section highlights the evolution of sports tourism and the history of NASC and its members as the pioneers for sports-related travel.

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Webinar on Defining the Roles of Sports Commissions and Convention & Visitors Bureaus scheduled
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Are you wondering whether your community should develop a sports commission? Join Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director, National Association of Sports Commissions as he discussed the difference between a sports commission and a convention and visitors bureau, as well as sustainable funding sources to help keep your organization alive.

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Inside the College Football Hall of Fame playground in Atlanta
CBS Sports
First and foremost, know this: This isn't your father's Hall of Fame. Often ignored for nearly two decades in South Bend, Indiana, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta represents today's game and media world while respectfully giving a nod to the past. The National Football Foundation's decision in 2009 to move the Hall of Fame into the deep South symbolizes how the sport has changed demographically and through television.
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Madison Area Sports Commission has spectacular success landing competitions
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Launched in 2010 as an arm of the CVB, the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and its three full-time employees recently secured a contract extension with Ironman to keep the race in the Wisconsin city through 2018 while finding numerous ways to elevate sports tourism in the region — from hosting Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association events to quirky global competitions.
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