SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 22 www.sportseventsmagazine.com t SPECIAL Feature tennis, quidditch, field sports and gym- nastics, according to Jessica Lowe-Betts, vice president of marketing and branding for Tulsa Regional Tourism. "Tulsa has all the amenities of a large city but its Southern hospitality and charm make visitors feel at home," she said. Tulsa also has a variety of sports facili- ties, including 17 international-size fields at Mohawk Sports Complex, about 10 minutes north of downtown, and several other indoor and outdoor facilities for swimming, golf, basketball, foot racing, cheer and dance, and other sports. The Tulsa Sports Commission offers assistance in venue and hotel facilitation, local organizing committees, volunteer recruitment and management, and local and national sponsor activation partner- ships. A Reason To Rally! Scott Powers, executive director of Experience Columbia SC Sports, said, "Sports have always given the good people of Columbia, South Carolina, rea- son to rally. While the Gamecocks may have the home advantage at USC events, Columbia plays host to sports and com- petitions for all ages and skill levels from all over who benefit from the region's predictably sunny days, gracious charm and good old-fashioned kindness." Powers said Columbia also has a variety of venues, including state-of- the-art stadiums, courts and fields, rivers and scenic streets along with affordable hotels and easy access in the capital city. "We pride ourselves on being welcom- ing hosts to groups and sports of all sizes and shapes, from football, basketball and baseball to quidditch, rowing, boomer- ang and roller derby, Columbia makes it known to sports event planners and their participants and families that they are special and their event is important to our community," Powers said, adding: "While events may have similarities, there are enough differences that each event needs to be considered on its own merits. Most of the time, sporting events held in small to mid-size markets have the opportunity to capture the attention of the local media and they do not get lost in the event calendar, as they sometimes can in larger markets." In Greater Akron, Ohio, Jim Mahon, vice president of marketing and brand management for the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Sports Alliance of Greater Akron, said, "We are a small market big on sports! Greater Akron is [chock] full of fam- ily-friendly, one-of-a-kind attractions, including the Akron Art Museum, Hale Farm & Village, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the newly opened Akron Children's Museum and Boston Mills/ Brandywine Ski Resort. Families can arrive early or stay after the event to enjoy our tourism offerings as a mini family vacation." Last year the area hosted the 2017 Pole Vault Convention at the University of Akron, the 2017 Patriot Promotions The Millinocket Marathon + half in Maine "While events may have similarities, there are enough differences that each event needs to be considered on its own merits. Most of the time, sporting events held in small to mid-size markets have the opportunity to capture the attention of the local media and they do not get lost in the event calendar, as they sometimes can in larger markets." '' —Scott Powers, executive director of Experience Columbia SC Sports "Conducting an event in a smaller market has two distinct advantages for the PBA. One is the attention given to us by the local media. The other is the community feel that envelops the tournament. Both of these contribute to the great value local sponsors and partners gain from our event. When the PBA comes to Portland, (Maine) we feel like part of the community." '' — Tom Clark, commissioner of the Professional Bowlers Association Crow Athletics

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