SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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Page 24 of 99 May 2018 25 t SPECIAL Feature With Main Street, the Streets of Saint Charles, Ameristar Casino, Bowlero, STL Axe Throwing, Fast Lane Classic Cars, the Katy Trail and Demolition Ball/ Adrenaline Zone, the area provides enter- tainment, activities and attractions that appeal to all, Wilson said. Erie, in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Erie, with updated venues, easy access, a water- front location and a two-time National Sports Commission of the Year winner, is a good place to host a diverse set of sports groups, according to Emily Biddle, mar- keting and communications manager of the Erie Sports Commission (ESC). "We've hosted NCAA Championships, locally grown competitions, and national youth and adult events of all kinds," Biddle said. "As a result of our waterfront location and beaches, Erie is a great place for beach sports, fishing tournaments, and unique water-based events like HydroFlight and boating." The Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and the renovated ErieBank Sports Park also provide state- of-the-art space for soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, weightlifting and cheerleading. The ESC helps sports planners with venue procurement and hotel partnerships, and serves as a partner to rights holders. St. Cloud, Minn., also delivers on big- city amenities with a small-town feel, according to Emily Bertram, social media and marketing specialist with the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "St. Cloud has covered the spectrum when it comes to unique, complex, dis- tinct events. VEX Robotics hosts the State Championship Robotics tournament here because St. Cloud is centrally located, full of industry representation and provides the huge River's Edge Convention Center to meet their growing needs," Bertram said. "BMX events flock here, not only because it's the hometown of famous Olympian Alise Post but because the Pineview Park BMX course is top notch. Granite Games CrossFit competition is hosted at St. Cloud State University each year and athletes delight in discovering the state-of- the-art venue, as well as many healthy, fun options for them to enjoy while in town." St. Cloud also hosts the Minnesota Senior Games and Hockey Day Minnesota, as well as basketball, volley- ball, soccer, baseball, softball, gymnastics and wrestling. Bertram said the Visit Greater St. Cloud mobile app promotes events and allows communication between ath- letes and families, while the staff offers recommendations, media exposure and advice on shopping and dining. Kris Jackson, Sports Events Manager of the Bismarck-Mandan (N.D.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the area offers something sports events planners may not find in a larger city: per- sonalized service. "In Bismarck-Mandan, you're not just another sports event. You're our top priority," she said. During the past year, Bismarck- Mandan hosted the Special Olympics North America Softball Championship, which brought 560 athletes from across the United States and Canada to compete. Jackson said the entire community came out in support with athletes, participating in a Walk of Champions, opening ceremo- nies and softball games. The area also hosted the world's largest three-day non-profit softball tournament when 480 teams played in the McQuades Softball Tournament. The area is known for hosting a variety of sporting events, including archery, basketball, figure skating, rodeo, kickball, road races and dance competitions, and ► USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. Curling in Bismarck-Mandan, N.D. Bismarck-Mandan CVB Erie Sports Commission

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