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As 2013 comes to a close, NASC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NASC Get in the Game eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume January 2.

Host site finalists named for final round of 81 championships for 2014-18
NCAA
From October 31: The NCAA has announced the host site finalists for the final round of 81 of its 89 championships for the 2014-18 championship seasons. The finalists were selected by the respective sport committees, which are made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, from an original pool of 1,948 bids. The committees will select the winning sites, which must then be approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets/committees before being announced via webcast at NCAA.com on Dec. 11.
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NCAA championships site selections
NCAA
From December 12: The NCAA announced 523 sites have been awarded as hosts for 82 of its 89 championships for the 2014-18 seasons, making it the largest collection of host site announcements in association history. The original pool of bids included 1,984 submissions. The sites were selected by the respective sport committees, made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, and ultimately approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets or committees.
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Stadium boom in the Midwest
SportsTravel Magazine
From March 7: America's Heartland is busy building new sports venues: the 162-acre Sanford Sports Complex, which is already partially open, and the Denny Sanford Premier Center, scheduled to open in fall 2014. The Sanford Sports Complex completed the first of its extensive facilities last year, with the opening of the 85,000-square-foot Sanford Fieldhouse, which house 9 football fields.
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Site selection and bid process update
NCAA
From August 29: As you likely know, the NCAA has selected Anthony Travel, Inc. to manage its Championship Housing Program. This approach will allow us to consolidate management of our hotel spend, leverage buying power across multiple championships and offer high value properties at reasonable costs to our member institutions. The following notes are provided to help outline the sourcing, negotiating and contracting process and guide your conversations with the appropriate interested parties.
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Evansville moving forward with plans for million dollar sports complex
WFIE-TV
From June 27: 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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Savannah Sports Council launches new website, logo for 20th anniversary
SSC
From September 26: A new website and logo was released in honor of the Savannah Sports Council's 20th anniversary. The updated look will refresh the branding of this council, a division of Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce that has been booking and planning sports-related tourism events in Savannah for the past 20 years. "We want our new website to position Savannah as a world-class sports events destination," said Ben Wilder, director of the Sports Council.
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Mud Run leaves a mess behind
Pocono Record
From September 12: The producers of the Great American Mud Run have taken the money and run from participants in Pennsylvania and other states. The Great American Mud Run, a 5K with challenging obstacles, was to be held at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond on Sept. 28. With the registration price increasing as the race date neared, the most recent price was $79. The event was canceled with no explanation and no refunds.
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Host site finalists named for final round of 81 championships for 2014-18
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The NCAA has announced the host site finalists for the final round of 81 of its 89 championships for the 2014-18 championship seasons.

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82 championships claim their home
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Congratulations to all of our NASC members who were awarded NCAA Championships for their cities and collegiate partners!

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Vikings stadium will sport a clear roof
Finance & Commerce
From May 16: The new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis won't have a retractable roof. But it will be flooded with light in a glass- and zinc-framed structure with a two-sided sloped roof resembling an ice shelf on a frozen lake. Bryan Trubey, principal at Dallas-based HKS, showed off renderings and videos of a stadium interior and concourses that will be bathed in light. Half of the roof will be made of transparent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE — a lightweight polymer best known for its use in the "Water Cube" aquatics center built for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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Chicago showing new approach to sporting events
Crain's Chicago Business
From February 21: On the surface, hosting the Big Ten men's basketball tournament appears to be a perfect fit for the city of Chicago: the central location, the United Center, the bevy of tourist hot spots, the hordes of alumni from each school. That's what made the conference's 2006 decision to snub the Windy City and give Indianapolis the event for five straight years between 2008 and 2012 a major reality check. Seven years later, with the event returning to the United Center March 14-17 for the first time since 2007, Chicago has a renewed approach.
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Youth soccer tournament brings with it huge economic impact
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From July 25: VideoBriefOverland Park, Kan., landed the largest U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. The matches kicked off recently and the tournament is looking to have a large economic impact on the metro. "We get teams from all over the country," Overland Park Soccer Complex Operations Manager Mike LaPlante said. It's a big week for U.S. youth soccer, but an even better week for the city of Overland Park.
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