SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 26 www.sportseventsmagazine.com t SPECIAL Feature has a 200,000-square-foot multi-use sports and events center, three aquatic complexes, 57 baseball/softball fields, 25 basketball courts, 40 soccer fields, 38 tennis courts, ice rinks, golf courses, and areas for hunt- ing and fishing. It was also named one of the country's top 50 sports towns by Sports Illustrated. "This is where the city meets the great outdoors," Jackson said. "Where an end- less sky arches over two cities along the banks of the Missouri River in Central North Dakota. No boundaries mean the best of both worlds: all the metropoli- tan amenities you need for your sports event along with wide-open spaces and a friendly hometown atmosphere." Family Fun & Downtime In North Carolina, Nancy Bowman, director of sales and marketing for the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the central location in the Piedmont Triad and easy accessibility along with plenty "down time" attrac- tions make this small market a popular choice with families and sports events. While the area is known for youth baseball and youth soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, swimming and disc golf also enjoy events in High Point. "It comes back to our location and services we pro- vide teams," Bowman said. "The advan- tage to being a smaller destination is the personal attention the sports planner and attendees receive while they are here." Further deep in the South, Beth Gendler, vice president of the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, said, "Sports commis- sions in smaller markets can provide a more hands-on approach for events since they have a smaller number of venues to service." And Gendler adds that these coastal communities let families incorporate beach vacations. From youth sports such as the USSSA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association to collegiate groups, such as the NAIA, NCAA and Southeastern Conference (SEC), many groups find the fields and facil- ities along with natural resources to be a perfect backdrop for sports. "For example, the NCAA works with the sports commission and the City of Gulf Shores and The Hangout to build its National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship from scratch, where the beautiful blank canvas at the Gulf Shores Public Beach is transformed to a championship volleyball footprint the first weekend in May." Gendler said grants are also awarded to events based on the time of year, room night production and media coverage garnered to help offset costs. When it comes to sporting events, these smaller markets across the country are all big on sports! n NAIA Men's Outdoor Track National Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. Softball in High Point, N.C. "This is where the city meets the great outdoors. Where an endless sky arches over two cities along the banks of the Missouri River in Central North Dakota. No bound- aries mean the best of both worlds: all the metropolitan amenities you need for your sports event along with wide-open spaces and a friendly hometown atmosphere." '' — Kris Jackson, Sports Events Manger, Bismarck-Mandan (N.D.) Convention and Visitors Bureau Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commissions

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