Recent News on SportsDestinations.com Sports Minneapolis Announces USA Volleyball Events in 2017 Sports Minneapolis, powered by Meet Minneapolis, announced that USA Volleyball has chosen Minneapolis for two of its major events in 2017. The two events are expected to draw nearly 20,000 athletes and 25,000 spectators and coaches, creating an estimated $65 million impact in the area. That’s an impact even greater than last summer’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which had an estimated economic impact of $50 million. USA Ultimate to Bring 2016 National Championships to Rockford Rockford, Illinois, will host the 2016 USA Ultimate National Championships, a four-day tournament to be held Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016. USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States, announced that the RACVB will join forces with Ultimate Chicago, organizer of nationally recognized tournaments such as Chicago Heavyweights and Sandblast, to prepare for the event. Venue Problems Cause Austin Aztex to Not Participate in 2016 Season The United Soccer League has granted permission for the Austin Aztex to not participate in the 2016 season due to the unavailability of a stadium that meets league standards and the unforeseen delays in the development of a soccer-specific stadium in Austin. The Aztex will resume play in the 2017 season. The club needed to secure a soccer-specific facility, but suffered a setback this season when its home stadium – House Park – was damaged by flooding on Memorial Day weekend, forcing the club to focus its energies on finding a replacement venue for the remainder of the 2015 season. 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials – Women’s Gymnastics to be in San Jose The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials – Women’s Gymnastics, are scheduled for July 8 and 10 at the SAP Center at San Jose, California. Both days of competition count equally, with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team and the replacement athletes, subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee, announced following the conclusion of competition on July 10. 2016 Event Dates Announced for Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama ZOOM Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park announced the weekend schedule for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama that will take place April 22-24, 2016. This year’s weekend includes 11 races throughout the three-day weekend and even more exciting on-track action than ever before. Cleveland to Host World Yo-Yo Competition The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced that the 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest will take place next Aug. 3-6 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The event is expected to bring about $1.5 million to the regional economy, the sports commission estimates. In recent years, the yo-yo event has been held in Tokyo, Orlando and Prague. New Research on sportsdestinations.com: Tourism Economics: Economic Impact of the Coachella Valley Golf Industry An economic study shows golf brings at least a $1.1 billion economic impact to California’s Coachella Valley. Provided by: Hi-Lo Desert Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America LATEST SDM POLL: Los Angeles, the U.S. bid city for the 2024 Olympics, has competition. Which location is the biggest threat?
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