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Jun. 20, 2013

The Bid Book: Matching Sports Events and Hosts is now available
NASC
The NASC is pleased to announce a new resource on our website for members only. The Bid Book: Matching Sports Events and Hosts, published April 2013 by SportsBusiness Group and written by David Walmsley, is a new report that explores these issues and contradictions from the perspective of both bidders and rights holders and identifies some of the directions in which they are likely to play out. Its analysis is based on a comprehensive survey of more than 3,300 major events staged over the past 10 years and draws out some key trends in areas such as:

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Please complete the NASC mid-year membership survey
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We've just published the NASC Mid-Year Membership Survey, and we hope you'll take a few moments to tell us what you think. The survey will only take 10-15 minutes to complete. Click here to get started now. In appreciation for your time, all those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $200 American Express giftcards. The survey will not be available after July 12th, so please take a few minutes now to give us your valuable feedback. Please direct any questions about the survey to Elizabeth Chaney, Director of Membership and Marketing.More

Join us for a webinar reviewing the NASC Symposium RFP
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Join Beth Hecquet, CMP CMM, Director of Meetings and Events, as she reviews in detail the RFP for the 2016 and 2017 NASC Sports Event Symposium on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. There will be ample time for Q & A, so we encourage you to thoroughly review the RFP prior to joining the webinar and come prepared with your questions. Space is limited, register today.More

NFL to limit bags brought into stadiums
The Kansas City Star
The NFL, in the interest of public safety, announced a policy that limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into stadiums this season. About all that will be allowed are clear plastic bags smaller than 12 inches wide, or one-gallon Ziploc-type bags, according to the league. That means women will have to leave their purses at home, unless it is a small hand-sized clutch bag. And fans will need to put their wallets, glasses, cell phones and other personal items into plastic bags if they can't carry those items in.More

Spooky Nook Sports, soon to be the home of the US Women's National Field Hockey team, opens
The Patriot-News
For locals, it will be a new place to work out for, or participate in, their favorite sports. But nationally speaking, it will soon be the new capital of field hockey. Spooky Nook Sports opened to the public in Manheim, Pa. recently. The complex, which is still only partially complete, includes facilities for baseball, softball, tennis and other sports.More

Atlanta Falcons have initial approval to go forward with futuristic stadium design
Yahoo Sports
The first drawings of the Atlanta Falcons' proposed new stadium put the team firmly in the forefront of facility design, to be sure. While most of the new stadiums in any outdoor sport go forward at reasonable paces, the Falcons' idealized stadium looks like something out of the next century, and it's looking like it will happen. According to the team's official site, the Falcons have completed a full conceptual design of the new stadium, which is estimated to be complete in time for the 2017 season. As you would expect from the designs, it will take a lot of people to get this done. More

Ranking the Big Ten's college football stadiums
Athlon Sports
1. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
There is little doubt that the Horseshoe is the Big Ten's best place to watch a game. A great nickname, awesome traditions, tremendous fan support and commitment, elite level of success, High Street and the Banks of the Olentangy make Ohio Stadium a bucket list destination for fans of every team. And with a brand new video board, audio system and LED lighting, Ohio State boasts one of the top college football venues in the nation.More

The Bid Book: Matching Sports Events and Hosts is now available
NASC
The NASC is pleased to announce a new resource on our website for members only. The Bid Book: Matching Sports Events and Hosts, published April 2013 by SportsBusiness Group and written by David Walmsley, is a new report that explores these issues and contradictions from the perspective of both bidders and rights holders and identifies some of the directions in which they are likely to play out.More

Tampa Bay Sports Commission's greatest hits
Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission has been involved in hosting several big events since Rob Higgins became executive director. Some of the biggest include Super Bowl XLIII (Feb. 2009), Women's Final Four (2008), NCAA Frozen Four (2012) and NCAA men's basketball opening rounds (2008).More

Ranking the SEC's College Football stadiums
Athlon Sports
There are a variety of ways to evaluate the greatness of a stadium. Huge attendance numbers, home-field advantage in the win-loss column, ear-piercing decibels, rich traditions, picturesque landscapes and amenities are just a few of the aspects that must be considered to rank so many great college football cathedrals.More

San Jose Earthquakes' new stadium under construction
Mercury News
The future home of the Earthquakes soccer team is a largely unnoticed site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport — and it gets nowhere near the attention lavished on the 49ers' growing palace in Santa Clara. The most eye-catching feature here is massive piles of broken and crushed concrete gathered up by excavator machinery. "Sometimes I feel that we're overshadowed, sure," said Dave Kaval, president of the Major League Soccer team. "But the 49ers stadium is a higher-profile project. And we're going to have a good stadium, too."More

Weather can leave sports fans and venues out in the rain
The Washington Post
It was no surprise that weather would become a factor for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. The real surprise was how unaccommodating the rainout policy was for fans that traveled to the Ardmore golf course. A wide-spread bow-echo pushed across Pennsylvania, stopping many golfers in the midst of their first round and delaying golf some two-plus hours. Fans were asked to leave the golf course, and many fans didn't return because of the lack of shelter.More