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Feb. 27, 2014

Bags, strollers, unregistered runners not welcome at this year's Boston Marathon
As part of revamped security following last year's deadly bombings, the Boston Marathon has banned various items for the 2014 race, including bags and strollers. The bombs placed in backpacks exploded near the finish line last year, killing three people. Backpacks, handbags, suitcases and similar items are prohibited from entering any marathon venues this year.More

Proposed repeal of Michigan scalping ban jeopardizes venues, fans
State lawmakers this year have considered a bill that would repeal Michigan's ban on reselling event tickets for a price higher than face value, or scalping. State Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, argues this proposal jeopardizes fans and venues alike.More

Economic impact of sports museums
Colorado Springs is proposing a City for Champions combination performance center, Olympic museum, visitor's center for the Air Force Academy, along with outdoor and indoor sports facilities. The projects are expected to cost $250 million and will create 5,100 jobs in the Pikes Peak region. The economic impact of the complex is estimated to be $6.5 billion over the next 30 years.More

Bradenton, Fla., expects busy sports season
Bradenton Herald
In Florida, Manatee County collected $9.28 million in bed taxes last year from hotels and resorts — an 11.8 percent increase from $8.3 million in 2012 and another busy year is expected in 2014.More

Center of celebration
The Morning Sun
Pennsylvania's Pittsburg State and community officials broke ground on the new Robert W. Plaster Center, a site that has already been selected to host the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track Championships. "It's hard to believe, but in a little more than a year, the space to our east will be filled with one of the largest, most advanced event centers that you'll find anywhere in the nation in Division II, and I'd argue anywhere in the nation, at any level," said Kendall Gammon, Pittsburg State director of development for intercollegiate athletics.More

Cast your net out for new sports revenue
Looking for a new event to bring participants, fans and families to your region? Look no further than your nearest body of water. A report released by the American Sportfishing Association, the trade association representing the sport fishing industry, shows that the number of anglers has increased 11 percent over the last six years, and fishing tackle sales grew more than 16 percent. Times that by the 60 million fishermen and women in the United States, and that's a group carrying some powerful economic impact.More

Evansville, Ind., to begin work on sports complex
Evansville Courier and Press
Indiana's Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau says it should be ready to start awarding contracts for its planned ball field complex later this month.More

Fox Cities, Wis., to explore new sports facilities
Appleton Post-Crescent
Seeking to capitalize on a growing sports tourism market, Wisconsin's Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired a consultant to examine whether the region could sustain a new multi-use facility. Agency officials said the Huddle Up Group, an Arizona-based sports consulting firm, will study existing facilities, determine the level of demand and examine marketing efforts.More

Pensacola Beach, Fla., bets on sports tourism
Pensacola News Journal
A focus on sports tourism in Pensacola Beach, Fla., is intended to put heads in hotel beds and create the sound of cha-ching from out of town guests in the cash registers of Pensacola area shops, attractions and restaurants. Youth sporting events account for about a third of the sporting events in Pensacola that attract outside visitors. And they bring in a large number of people compared to many of the adult events, aside from equestrian shows, major runs and marathons, according to economic impact reports.More

Daytona stadium overhaul seeks plugged-in fans
It's "all in" for Daytona International Speedway's $400 million renovation. More than half a million racing fans were in Florida's Daytona Beach region to party and attend Budweiser Speedweeks, a series of NASCAR races culminating in the soggy season-opening Daytona 500 — billed as the "Great American Race." Now that NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious race is over, work can resume on the major renovation underway at the sport's most recognizable venue — the Daytona International Speedway, which opened in 1959.More

Lee County, Fla., has record sports tourism year
Naples Daily News
In Florida, Lee County Sports Development officials said the county had a record year for sports tourism in 2013. County staff reported nearly 142,000 room nights were sold and $60 million was spent by visitors coming to Lee for amateur sporting events.More

Sarasota's strategy is to just build it
Sarasota Herald Tribune
Sarasota County, Fla., officials have developed a formula they hope will grow a variety of sports in the region: Build it and they will come.More

Elite gymnasts to compete next spring at AT&T Stadium
Fort Worth Star Telegram
The 2015 AT&T American Cup, a one-day competition featuring elite gymnasts from around the world, will be held in a football stadium for the first time next year. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host the high-profile international invitational, which is part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup series, on March 7.More

Washington may revive marketing program
Northwest Cable News
Attracting more tourists to Washington is the goal behind House Bill 2229. The bill to revive the state's tourism marketing program passed overwhelmingly in the Washington state House. Three years ago the state cut its tourism office due to budget cuts. The move made Washington the only state in the country that doesn't spend state dollars to promote tourism.More

Pig auction 'yes'; Prep wresting championship 'no'
Metro Nashville's Williamson County Agricultural Expo is many things to many people, but for Ben Reichel who helps coach the Red Bank Lions wrestling team, it leaves a lot to be desired as a wrestling locale. "Typical venue is an arena, that's what is meant for a wrestling tournament, not an agricultural expo where they have livestock shows or a pig auction, those type of things," says Ben Reichel.More

Bags, strollers, unregistered runners not welcome at this year's Boston Marathon
As part of revamped security following last year's deadly bombings, the Boston Marathon has banned various items for the 2014 race, including bags and strollers.More

Brands are not securing relevant sports venue domain names for sponsorships
Brands are surprisingly underrepresented in the sports-venue domain name space, a FairWinds Partners study found. This leaves brands open to trademark infringers, cybersquatters, and others who may have fair use claims.More

Request NASC Sports Marketplace appointments now through March 5
Primary contacts for member organizations who are eligible to participate in the Sports Marketplace one-on-one appointments at the upcoming NASC Sports Event Symposium may request appointments between through March 5.More

What happens to Olympic venues after the torch goes out
Venues like the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Fisht Stadium have dazzled athletes and fans alike during the Olympics in Sochi. But what will become of them when the Olympic flame is extinguished and time marches on? The arenas, ice rinks and ski slopes, which took years and cost billions to construct, are expected to be used for future sporting events and concerts.More