SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2016

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Page 18 of 67 September 2016 19 For a long time, the only sports events held in convention centers were sports that were traditionally played indoors without expensive or highly specialized flooring, such as gymnastics, wrestling and martial arts. But as high-quality, pre-fabricated modular materials that could serve as court flooring for bas- ketball and volleyball were developed, creative convention center directors and sales managers — as well as clever sports event planners — realized large tourna- ments for these team sports could be held in convention centers. These days, the number of surfaces — and therefore sports — that convention centers can accommodate has increased tremendously and continues to grow. Dirt can be dumped into large exhibition halls and arenas and used for exciting races of various kinds of vehicles. Ice rinks are created relatively easily and no longer limited to large specialty arenas. This flooring phenomenon is only one reason the use of convention centers for sports events continues to grow. More reasons are noted below, reasons sports event planners will do well to keep in mind. ► ► Expanding Opportunities For Hosting Sports Events BY T. WAYNE WATERS Landers Center

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