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Visit Indy will for the first time host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 10, becoming ...
12/23/2021
Susan Baughman: Bringing the College Football Playoff Title Game to Indianapolis

Visit Indy will for the first time host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 10, becoming the first cold-weather host city. Susan Baughman has experience in making big events special as the senior vice president of the Indiana Sports Corp before taking the role as president for the CFP’s local host committee in Indianapolis. Baughman joins the SportsTravel Podcast about planning for the CFP, what goes into the local leadup for such an event and much more.

Indianapolis has hosted eight NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours and is known as one of the best college sports cities in the country. On Monday, January 10, it will for the first time host the Coll…

“With the support of D-BOX and Digital Motorsports, we’re able to continue growing the sport on an international stage, ...
12/21/2021
eNASCAR Series Expands to Five Races in 2022

“With the support of D-BOX and Digital Motorsports, we’re able to continue growing the sport on an international stage, reaching new fans and showcasing the talent of our international drivers,” said Chad Seigler, vice president of international business development and partnerships for NASCAR.

The eNASCAR International iRacing Series will expand to a five-race schedule in 2022 with new partners D-BOX Technologies and Digital Motorsports along for the ride. In its second year, the D-BOX e…

As chief operating officer of Chicago Event Management, which organizes the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Mike Nishi...
12/20/2021
Mike Nishi: Lessons from the Chicago Marathon

As chief operating officer of Chicago Event Management, which organizes the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Mike Nishi has been the logistics lead for the race since 1990. What started out with 6,000 runners has grown to the one of the largest marathons in the world.

In this episode, learn what it took to produce the 2021 race, how organizers handled COVID protocols, how organizers communicated with participants and what major takeaways Nishi has for event organizers and host cities staging their own events in a post-COVID world.

As chief operating officer of Chicago Event Management, which organizes the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Mike Nishi has been the logistics lead for the race since 1990. What started out with 6…

“We’re delighted that Byron will be joining the CFP team,” College Football Playoff Chief Executive Officer Bill Hancock...
12/20/2021
College Football Playoff Names Byron Hatch Chief Operating Officer

“We’re delighted that Byron will be joining the CFP team,” College Football Playoff Chief Executive Officer Bill Hancock said. “He is an enormously well liked and well-respected creative leader and a good person, too. He will fit right in here.”

Byron Hatch has been named the College Football Playoff’s chief operating officer after spending six years as the assistant commissioner of championships for the Southeastern Conference. Duri…

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit concluded in Sports PITTSBURGH with a record-setting number of event organizers and destin...
12/16/2021
Record-Setting EsportsTravel Summit Concludes in Pittsburgh; Focuses on Continued Growth in Future-Years

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit concluded in Sports PITTSBURGH with a record-setting number of event organizers and destination representatives in attendance at the annual gathering for the esports events industry.

At the Summit’s Closing General Session, attendees were invited to attend the 2022 EsportsTravel Summit, which is scheduled for June 21–23 in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was also announced that the 2023 EsportsTravel Summit, to be hosted for the first time internationally in Toronto, will be held July 11–13, 2023.

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit concluded with a record-setting number of event organizers and destination representatives in attendance at the annual gathering for the esports events industry. Hoste…

We packed a lot into the first day of the EsportsTravel Summit in Pittsburgh on Wednesday! The morning started with welc...
12/16/2021

We packed a lot into the first day of the EsportsTravel Summit in Pittsburgh on Wednesday! The morning started with welcomes from Tim Schneider and Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Jerad Bachar, followed by CSL’s Tyler Othen presenting the latest research into the #esports industry. Attendees were able to learn about the importance of the future of esports starting at the grassroots level by Esposure4All Co-Founder Danny Martin, who was joined by many others on a panel about STEM, Education and the High School esports scene. Those who came to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center also were able to take part in the largest esports marketplace in event history, hear about the latest in esports ventures from Populous' Brian Mirakian, understand the growth of collegiate esports and the restart of in-person esports tournaments and events. We were also joined by Pittsburgh Knights President and Founder James O’Connor plus Daniel Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers about their partnership. We’re excited to see what is coming on Day 2.

“Being named a Super Bowl host city is a defining moment in the history of Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, chief executive ...
12/15/2021
Las Vegas to Host Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium

“Being named a Super Bowl host city is a defining moment in the history of Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, chief executive president and president of Vegas Means Business. “An event of this magnitude combined with the energy of Las Vegas is going to be unmatched. Our entire city is committed to making Super Bowl LVIII the most electrifying sports spectacle ever. "

Vegas, Baby. The NFL has awarded hosting rights for Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the league announced after multiple reports indicated that was the choice. The offici…

Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, seats 68,400 wild and crazy ...
12/15/2021

Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, seats 68,400 wild and crazy football fans each fall. The distinctive yellow seats on the banks of the Three Rivers in Sports PITTSBURGH has been the home for the Steelers and Panthers since 2001. The stadium has also hosted two NHL outdoor games involving the Pittsburgh Penguins and concerts each summer. Designed by Populous, the stadium’s lower concourse area before heading out to the seats showcases the rich history of both the Steelers with their six Super Bowl trophies and legendary list of former players as well as the Panthers’ history that includes such future NFL stars like Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, Larry Fitzgerald and Aaron Donald.

12/14/2021

Welcome to Pittsburgh and the EsportsTravel Summit! We’re excited to welcome the world’s largest gathering of esports tournament and video-game event organizers and the only event focused on the travel side of the esports industry. Attendees should stop by the Sports PITTSBURGH Lounge in the Registration Center, where we will also spotlight our future hosts, Daytona Beach and Toronto.

“I am very excited to begin my role as sports sales manager at Visit Wichita and I welcome the challenge of working to b...
12/14/2021
Visit Wichita Promotes Jessica Viramontez to Sports Sales Manager

“I am very excited to begin my role as sports sales manager at Visit Wichita and I welcome the challenge of working to bring the biggest and best sporting events to the city,” said Viramontez. “My passion for sports combined with my years of experience with the organization and in the hospitality industry has given me the opportunity to develop relationships and skills necessary to propel Wichita as a major player for hosting sporting events in the Midwest.”

Visit Wichita in Kansas has promoted Jessica Viramontez to sports sales manager, succeeding Josh Howell, who was recently promoted to sports development manager. Viramontez has been a member Visit …

“Kathy’s steady leadership, efficiency and kindness when assembling sizable sports-related events—whether that be a Supe...
12/10/2021
Kathy Nelson to Lead Visit KC and Kansas City Sports Commission

“Kathy’s steady leadership, efficiency and kindness when assembling sizable sports-related events—whether that be a Super Bowl parade or a youth sports camp—has helped elevate Kansas City’s reputation as a first-class sports city, and we look forward to her building on this success with the Visit KC team,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas

Kathy Nelson, the longtime president of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, will also become the leader of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, Visit KC, effective January 1, 20…

Be part of the restart of the in-person esports event industry at the EsportsTravel Summit, December 14–16, in Sports PI...
12/10/2021

Be part of the restart of the in-person esports event industry at the EsportsTravel Summit, December 14–16, in Sports PITTSBURGH. See the entire program and our lineup of expert presenters at esportstravelsummit.com and register here: lnkd.in/dgbr-aY

Be part of the restart of the in-person esports event industry at the EsportsTravel Summit, December 14–16, in Sports PITTSBURGH. See the entire program and our lineup of expert presenters at esportstravelsummit.com and register here: lnkd.in/dgbr-aY

One week to go until kickoff (at Heinz Field, no less!) for the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit in Pittsburgh! For more info a...
12/08/2021

One week to go until kickoff (at Heinz Field, no less!) for the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit in Pittsburgh! For more info and to register, hit https://lnkd.in/dgbr-aY. The visionary sponsoring organizations whose logos are shown below are helping to drive the growth of the esports events industry. We thank them and can't wait to be together in person in Pittsburgh!

One week to go until kickoff (at Heinz Field, no less!) for the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit in Pittsburgh! For more info and to register, hit https://lnkd.in/dgbr-aY. The visionary sponsoring organizations whose logos are shown below are helping to drive the growth of the esports events industry. We thank them and can't wait to be together in person in Pittsburgh!

Rasheeda Martin has been named the new director of sales for Explore York PA in Pennsylvania. Martin has worked at Explo...
12/07/2021
Rasheeda Martin Named Sales Director of Explore York

Rasheeda Martin has been named the new director of sales for Explore York PA in Pennsylvania. Martin has worked at Explore York for the past four years and has served as the sports sales and services manager since 2019. She will become the first Black person to hold the position of director at the convention and visitors bureau.

Rasheeda Martin has been named the new director of sales for Explore York in Pennsylvania. Martin has worked at Explore York for the past four years and has served as the sports sales and services …

12/03/2021

Danny Martin has known #esports for years even before the industry was calling itself esports. Through his company, Esposure, he has built a technology platform and lab where each of these aspects of the industry can live under one roof. In this conversation with we talk with Martin about his roots in esports, the development of his company and why destinations should be thinking about the youngest generations now as they are poised to become the future of the industry. https://wp.me/paJznw-aiD

12/02/2021

Nashville Superspeedway reopened in June 2021 and was on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule for the first time this past season. Leading Nashville Superspeedway's renaissance is Erik Moses, a longtime leader in mid-Atlantic sports and entertainment circles. SportsTravel talked with Moses during the Sports Events & Tourism Association's Annual Symposium about building back Nashville Superspeedway’s reputation, planning a NASCAR weekend in the midst of the ongoing pandemic and the sport’s diversity efforts with Moses being the first Black executive of a track. https://wp.me/paJznw-aeO

Helman was named the interim Visit Virginia Beach CVB director in November 2020 and was director of the Sports Marketing...
12/01/2021
Virginia Beach CVB Names Nancy Helman as New Director

Helman was named the interim Visit Virginia Beach CVB director in November 2020 and was director of the Sports Marketing Program for the Virginia Beach CVB after helping to launch the division in 1999. She managed the planning and development of the new Virginia Beach Sports Center, securing it as the host site for four NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship events planned for through 2026.

The Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization for Virginia Beach, Virginia, has named Nancy Helman as its new director, effective November 29. H…

The World Breaking Classic has selected Plus Seven Company as its 2022 United States event production partner, granting ...
11/30/2021
World Breaking Classic Selects Plus Seven Company as Exclusive Producer of 2022 USA Open World Qualifier

The World Breaking Classic has selected Plus Seven Company as its 2022 United States event production partner, granting P7c the exclusive rights to host the 2022 WBC USA Open World Qualifier. The announcement coincides with the unveiling of WBC’s global rebrand as well as its return next year to hosting live events.

The World Breaking Classic has selected Plus Seven Company as its 2022 United States event production partner, granting P7c the exclusive rights to host the 2022 WBC USA Open World Qualifier. The a…

Guest commentary from Nick Worrall of Sonesta Hotels: Evidence shows that sports is outperforming other segments of grou...
11/30/2021
Sports Events Continue to Drive Group Business at Hotels

Guest commentary from Nick Worrall of Sonesta Hotels: Evidence shows that sports is outperforming other segments of group-related travel and the future is looking increasingly bright for youth sports and the greater sports travel segment.

Youth sports performed well during the pandemic in terms of driving group business to hotels. Evidence suggests the market will continue to be strong. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) The last 18 …

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as deputy director for the Durham Sports Commission,” said Menen...
11/29/2021
Kaila’Shea Menendez Named Deputy Director of the Durham Sports Commission

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as deputy director for the Durham Sports Commission,” said Menendez. “As a proud North Carolinian from the area, it is a dream come true to work on behalf of my community. I am committed and passionate about the endless opportunities to bring recreational and sporting events to this one-of-a-kind city while enriching the lives of those who visit and live in Durham.”

The Durham Sports Commission has named Kaila’Shea Menendez as deputy director of the organization in a newly created position starting December 1. Menendez will assist in leading the nonprofit’s wo…

If you're registered for the EsportsTravel Summit in Sports PITTSBURGH, you'll want to join us December 2 at 2:30 p.m. E...
11/24/2021

If you're registered for the EsportsTravel Summit in Sports PITTSBURGH, you'll want to join us December 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET for this vital overview on how to achieve your business development objectives at the Summit. For those of you who are considering attending but have not yet registered, this complimentary webinar will get you off the fence.

To register for the webinar, hit https://lnkd.in/gJQMd9pt

For more info or to register for the EsportsTravel Summit, go to https://lnkd.in/dgbr-aY

If you're registered for the EsportsTravel Summit in Sports PITTSBURGH, you'll want to join us December 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET for this vital overview on how to achieve your business development objectives at the Summit. For those of you who are considering attending but have not yet registered, this complimentary webinar will get you off the fence.

To register for the webinar, hit https://lnkd.in/gJQMd9pt

For more info or to register for the EsportsTravel Summit, go to https://lnkd.in/dgbr-aY

Are you ready to get back to meeting face to face? Our EsportsTravel Summit is December 14-16 in Pittsburgh, and we can'...
11/23/2021
Welcome

Are you ready to get back to meeting face to face? Our EsportsTravel Summit is December 14-16 in Pittsburgh, and we can't wait to bring together organizers of esports tournaments and events with the destinations, venues and suppliers looking to host their events. This isn't your typical esports conference. At our summit, hosted by SportsPITTSBURGH and held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, we not only provide education on the latest topics in the industry and networking with leaders in the industry, but at our marketplace you can meet one-on-one with organizers and destinations looking to host those events. For more information, visit https://lnkd.in/e5Kv2T5. Registration is open now and we can't wait to see you in Pittsburgh.

Presented by SportsTravel and hosted by SportsPittsburgh, the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit will be held December 14–16, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in 2017, the EsportsTravel Summit was an immediate success because it helped fill an information vacuum...

There will be a full North American feel to the championship event with the play-ins held in Mexico City’s Liga Latinoam...
11/23/2021
Chase Center to Host 2022 League of Legends World Championship Finals

There will be a full North American feel to the championship event with the play-ins held in Mexico City’s Liga Latinoamerica, group play and quarterfinals in New York City’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the semifinals at Scotiabank Centre in Toronto and then the home of the Golden State Warriors hosting the championship. This will be the first time Riot Games has hosted a multinational North American Worlds, making first-time stops in both Mexico and Canada.

The 2022 League of Legends World Championship Finals will be held at the Chase Center in San Francisco after Riot Games made the official announcement over the weekend, marking the first time the W…

“It is a great honor and privilege to accept this one-of-a kind opportunity,” said Bodor. “As any resident of the Pikes ...
11/19/2021
Bob Bodor to Lead Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

“It is a great honor and privilege to accept this one-of-a kind opportunity,” said Bodor. “As any resident of the Pikes Peak Region can attest, there is only one America’s Mountain and only one Hill Climb. I am excited to make new friends and build relationships with the entire Pikes Peak International Hill Climb staff, the racing community, our outstanding volunteers, partners and sponsors. I am eager to join the team and support the ongoing efforts leading up to the 100th Running of our iconic race next summer.”

When the the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb stages its 100th running up the Colorado Springs mountain, it will have a new executive director at the helm for the first time in a decade. The his…

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We had a great couple of days at the SportsTravel Magazine 2021 EsportsTravel Summit in Pittsburgh and learned a ton! Excited to continue growing Esports here in Greater Lansing. #LansingSports #LoveLansing #Esports
Great week at the SportsTravel Magazine EsportsTravel Summit! Learned more about esports, had successful meetings, and made important connections. Looking forward to the future of esports in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands! #lakeerielove #esportstravelsummit #esports
In Pittsburgh, it doesn’t matter what the game is — if you can throw it, kick it, run it, click it or watch it, we’re all in – IRL or digitally. No matter what your playing field looks like, you’ll find a home for it here. That’s why there is no better place on earth for the world’s largest esports tournament and video-game event organizers to gather. Welcome Esports Travel Summit - we’re excited to be part of leveling up the game tournament experience! 👏 SportsTravel Magazine and Sports PITTSBURGH for presenting and hosting the summit. Learn more: https://www.esportstravelsummit.com/welcome
Thank you to SportsTravel Magazine for your feature on Rasheeda Martin, who was promoted to Director of Sales for Explore York. Congratulations, Rasheeda! https://www.sportstravelmagazine.com/rasheeda-martin-named-sales-director-of-explore-york/ #ExploreYorkPA #HaveItMadeHere
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Day 1 of the #TEAMSconference is in the books! We opened the event with speeches by our fine host, Daniel Gallagher of the Atlantic City Sports Commission, along with Timothy Schneider, Northstar Travel Group’s Founder and Chairman of the Sports Division. Our TEAMS/SportsLink/NGB Best Practices Opening General Session session the lessons from Japan with Rick Adams of Team USA, Rich Bender of USA Wrestling, Jamie Davis of USA Volleyballl, Olympian Ashleigh Johnson and Paralympian Jarryd Wallace. SportsTravel Magazine's Jason Gewirtz moderated the session brought to you by the Utah Sports Commission. Networking was accomplished at the Event Organizer Marketplace sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Expo Happy Hour thanks to Valley Forge Sports. And it’s always nice to kick back and relax and enjoy the amazing scenes on the shores of Atlantic City and its famous Boardwalk and The Wheel Deck at Steel Pier. Thanks to our enjoyable night of catching up with old friends and making new ones thanks to Charlotte Sports Foundation, Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission.
Welcome to Atlantic City! The TEAMS Conference gets underway today at the Atlantic City Convention Center thanks to our hosts at Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission. Monday was a day full of check-ins for attendees, who regardless of vaccination status must show proof of a negative COVID test and commit to wearing masks all week except when eating or drinking. We also have a few sports organization representatives re-connect with the USOPC family at our happy hour sponsored by the Fort Worth Sports Commission. Stay tuned to today’s fun by following TEAMS Conference and SportsTravel Magazine on Facebook and Instagram.
As the official host for the TEAMS Conference & Expo, it is our pleasure to welcome attendees of the #TEAMSconference to our beautiful seaside destination. We hope you have a great conference filled with meaningful meetings, connections and education. Experiences await in Atlantic City after the meetings are through! #ExperienceAtlanticCity #AtlanticCity #VisitAC SportsTravel Magazine