SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2017

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September 2017 10 t SPORTS Talk demonstrates that we are seeing a return on investment." During 2016, 20,593 people traveled 50 miles or more to the county to watch or participate in 19 major sports tournaments, according to the study and Visit Loudoun. The area recently hosted the USA Softball Eastern National, the USSSA Class C National Championship and two week- ends of Protect Our Nation's Youth (PONY) softball tour- naments using more than 17 fields. Omni Frisco Hotel Announces Opening FRISCO, Texas — Omni Hotels & Resorts opened the 300-room, Dallas Cowboys- inspired Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star. The new hotel will be surrounded by private devel- opment, the Cowboys head- quarters and a training facility shared with the city of Frisco and Frisco ISD. The first luxury hotel in Frisco is adjacent to the publicly owned, 12,000-seat multi-use event center. The hotel features a roof- top pool, dining, retail and gridiron-inspired decorations, including football stitching on pillows and a star motif throughout. The 16-story hotel features 24,000 square feet of meeting Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at For Improved Performance PowerRay Underwater Robot Designed for Recreational Fishing t The U.S. Postal Service offers the first-of-its-kind stamps that depict eight popular sports balls, including baseball, golf, football, kickball, basketball, tennis, soccer and volleyball. A special coating applied to the surface mimics the dimples of a golf ball, baseball stitching, tennis ball seams and the textured panels of a soccer and volleyballs, and the raised patterns of footballs, basketballs and kickballs. "Every day across the United States, people of all ages gather on fields, diamonds, courts and golf courses to engage in friendly fun competition," said Cliff Rucker, U.S. Postal Service senior vice president of sales and customer relations, in a release about the stamps. "We are honored to celebrate our nation's passion for athletics with the Have a Ball! Forever stamps. It is my hope that whenever you affix these colorful new stamps to letters, they serve as a reminder of the connection between sports and culture." The new stamps are available through local Post Offices, at or by calling (800) 782-6724. Philatelic (stamp collecting) products for the stamp issue are available in press sheets, keepsakes, covers, framed art and more. n t Sports Ball Stamps Simulate 'Feel' of the Real Thing More information: PowerVision Robot Corporation introduced PowerRay, an underwater robot with features designed to find fish in fresh or salt water or under ice. PowerRay uses rich (UAV) unmanned audio-visual technology in the underwater drone to enable recreational fishermen to detect fish with precision, according to PowerVision. PowerRay offers an optional PowerRay Fishfinder that uses sonar systems to detect fish with even greater precision. The device sends images of fish and the underwater terrain in addition to temperature data through internal Wi-Fi. The robot can dive as deep as 98 feet and can detect fish up to 131 feet below the robot. The device can be installed as a stand-alone fish-finder or as a lure with a blue luring light. With the mobile app, users can view real-time photos or video on any iOS or Android mobile device, allowing users to view the position of fish or the landscape below the water's surface. App users may control the drone and select travel mode, speed and light setting or operate the integrated 4k UHD camera for underwater photography and video. With First Person View (FPV), the robot can be controlled through a wearable device to interact with fish in a gaming experience. The device supports an optional PowerVision VR Goggle that responds to head tilting to virtually view scenes under water. n More information:

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