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NASC Playbook September issue now available
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The September issue of the quarterly NASC Playbook is available. Among the features included in this issue are a NASC Board of Directors Summer Retreat Recap, NASC Webinars: Your Chance to Learn More About Your Industry, A Look Back at the 2014 Sports Commissions of the Year, Are You Ready for a Crisis?, Register Now for the 23rd Annual NASC Symposium, NASC Sports Legacy Committee Announces 2015 Beneficiary and NASC Celebrates its Longtime Members.
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Baseball park designer branches into college football
The Kansas City Star
Innovative … work of art … blueprint for future projects, Baylor's McLane Stadium, the $266 million structure that sits on the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, seems about as perfect as a college football stadium can be. Which was precisely the idea stadium designer Earl Santee of Kansas City sports architecture firm Populous had to convey when the group from Baylor flew to Kansas City in August 2011 to meet at the River Market office.
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Sports project aims to collect lost sports money
Citizen-Times
Youth baseball and softball teams in the Asheville, North Carolina, area routinely pack up their gear and head out of town to play a few games — and add money to the economy somewhere else. Travel sports are big business for the cities that host softball and baseball tournaments, something Asheville has missed out on for lack of enough fields and facilities.
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Florida tourism boards cool towards USSSA plan
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
A $20 million proposal to bring an amateur sports association to Daytona Beach got a tepid reception from officials at two of Volusia County's three tourism advertising authorities. At their monthly meetings, the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority and the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority boards briefly discussed the proposal that calls for the three tourism marketing organizations to guarantee $15 million in loans to build 12 to 16 ball fields and office space in an attempt to lure the United States Specialty Sports Association to Daytona Beach, Florida, from the group's current home in Kissimmee.
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Officials hope tennis center grows sport in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
The steel skeleton of the new Huether Family Match Pointe community tennis center loomed in the background during the building's groundbreaking ceremony recently. Unseen was the philosophy supported by those metal bones, which will truly be a public amenity, officials said.
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5 friends, 1,500 miles and a journey to see Texas high school football
The Dallas Morning News
The buddies in the stands at the Allen game Friday discussed football with a distinctly out-of-town accent, but they still could've been mistaken for locals. Until, that is, they started gawking at the video board. There's a jumbotron at a high school football game? In Texas, yes. It's not unusual. But in Sudbury, Ontario, it would be very unusual.
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In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a hall of fame to dive deep into
The Washington Post
The International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, fills a wave-shaped building with a collection so vast, it overflows into the pool shop's attic. Expected are photos, medals and back stories related to superstars. It's the surprises that anchor visitors there for hours.
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Big video-game tournament coming to San Jose, California
San Jose Mercury News
Downtown San Jose, California's SAP Center was named as the next venue for a major "e-sports" tournament, a growing global phenomenon in which thousands of fans crowd into sports arenas to watch their favorite teams battle in the virtual worlds of popular video games. Organizers say they're hopeful the Intel Extreme Masters tournament will bring sell-out crowds on Dec. 6 and 7 to cheer from the stands as teams play "League of Legends" and "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm," in an 18,000-seat arena that's usually home to rock concerts and Sharks hockey games.
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Iowa city's sports commission secures important state funds
Sioux City Journal
After fumbling last year in efforts to secure valuable state funds for promotion of amateur athletic events in the community, the Sioux City Sports Commission this year crossed the goal line. Recently, the Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded 10 $50,000 Regional Sports Authority District grants, including one to Sioux City. The SCSC will use the money to market both large local sports events, such as the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship, and a number of smaller amateur athletic events.
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NASC Playbook September issue now available
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The September issue of the quarterly NASC Playbook is available. Among the features included in this issue are a NASC Board of Directors Summer Retreat Recap, NASC Webinars: Your Chance to Learn More About Your Industry, A Look Back at the 2014 Sports Commissions of the Year and more.

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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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Website launched for 23rd Annual NASC Symposium
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The NASC is pleased to announce the launch of the new website for 23rd annual NASC Symposium, scheduled for April 27-30, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted by VISIT Milwaukee. The NASC Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting for the only not-for-profit association for the sports tourism industry.

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Fieldhouse could boost Virginia sports tourism
The Virginia Gazette
Politicians in Williamsburg, Virgina, are getting serious about sport tourism. Serious enough, that building a new venue — a fieldhouse — is under serious discussion.
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Modified training for children stirs new debates
The New York Times
Two years ago, the United States Tennis Association changed its rules for 10-and-under players, and they continue to divide the tennis community. Parents and coaches often disagree on the best methods for attracting young athletes to the sport and cultivating world-class professionals. Everyone does agree, however, that the status quo is not working for the USTA.
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Maryland council hears sports complex expansion
DelmarvaNow
After Maryland's Salisbury City Council gave its blessings to expanding the Henry S. Parker Sports Complex, the County Council first started reviewing what the new additions to the Naylor Mill Road complex would look like at a recent council meeting. The $3.7 million expansion would entail adding an additional four baseball fields and seven soccer fields to better accommodate the various amateur sports tournaments the county hosts each year, according to the county’s Director of Public Works Gary Mackes.
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Wading pool water to be reused
City of Santa Barbara via Edhat
The City of Santa Barbara, California, has made the drought-conscious decision to reuse the water from the Oak Park wading pool rather than discarding the water into the sewer. The Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department will be working together to pump approximately 16,000 gallons of dechlorinated water from the wading pool, and will use the water to irrigate many of the large oak trees in Oak Park.
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