WHAT’S NEW & WHAT’S TRENDING Trending on SportsDestinations.com and Social Media PA: NCATA Awards 2018 Hosting Rights for National Championships to Erie The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) has awarded hosting rights for its 2018 national championships scheduled for April 26-28 to Gannon University, the Erie Sports Commission and the city of Erie. The championships will be contested in the East for only the third time ever and first time since Fairmont State (West Virginia) University served as the host in 2015. IL: Chicago to Host 2018 Laver Cup World-class tennis comes to the Windy City next year. The Chicago Sports Commission is thrilled to announce the city of Chicago will host the second edition of the Laver Cup next year. The Laver Cup will take place at the United Center, one of the largest arenas in the USA with a capacity of 23,500, from September 21-23, 2018. FL: USA Triathlon Waives Registration Fees for Hurricane Recovery Efforts In September, USA Triathlon announced it would waive the $110 registration fee for the Age-Group Non-Draft Open Sprint Triathlon on October 8 at the first annual Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival in an effort to give back to the Florida triathlon community. USA Triathlon, in conjunction with the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), suggested that participants donate to Hand in Hand’s Hurricane Relief Fund and support those directly impacted by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. CA: Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Olympic Marathon Pioneer, to Run in Napa Marathon Joan Benoit-Samuelson, winner of the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon in Los Angeles in 1984, will be the featured guest at the 40th running of the fabled Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon the first weekend of March 2018. Long one of the pioneers of women’s running and a well-regarded spokeswoman for the sport of long-distance running, Joanie plans to attempt to set a world age-group record for 60-year-olds at the Kiwanis Club of Greater Napa 5K the morning of the race. Her presence is expected to increase the cache of the race, resulting in even greater economic impact. (Not bad for someone who was discouraged from distance running in her youth.) NC: Durham Bulls Bring First MiLB-Sponsored eSports Event to Ballpark The Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to Tampa Bay’s Triple A affiliate team, the Durham Bulls, this fall became the first Minor League Baseball facility to host an eSports tournament when the inaugural DBAP Gaming Challenge took place from September 29 to October 1. Fans were able to compete in multiple video games such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros., Halo 5, MLB The Show and Rocket League, with cash prizes for winners. The event also took advantage of the ballpark’s space, utilizing the PNC Triangle Club, party decks, dugout tops and the team’s Blue Monster video board, which measures 63 feet wide and 25 feet tall.
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