Trending on SportsDestinations.com and Social Media ME: Arena League Football Headed North After announcing the league’s latest expansion franchise in North Carolina, the Carolina Cobras NAL Expansion team heads north to Portland, Maine. The team will play at the Cross Insurance Arena and be called the Maine Mammoths. Portland joins Carolina, Massachusetts and New Jersey as expansion franchises for 2018. In fact, a rivalry has already sparked between the newly announced Massachusetts Pirates franchise and the Portland franchise. TX: Dallas to Host Girls’ Junior Volleyball Championships USA Volleyball is proud to announce that its USAV Girls’ 18s Junior National Championship will be held in the City of Dallas for the second time in three years. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas will host the event April 26-28, 2019. NC: Asheville to Host Fed Cup Action The USTA announced that the U.S. Cellular Arena in Asheville, North Carolina, has been selected as the site for the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round between the United States and the Netherlands, February 10-11. Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. WA: Harbour Pointe Badminton Club to Host Adult Nationals USA Badminton (USAB) is pleased to announce that the Harbour Pointe Badminton Club, in conjunction with the Snohomish County Sports Commission, has been awarded the 2018 Adult National Championships. The annual event will be played April 13-15, 2018, in Mukilteo, Washington, which sits 22 miles north of Seattle along the shoreline of the Possession Sound. DE: DE Turf Sports Complex to Host All-American National Lacrosse Classic DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Delaware, is pleased to announce it will host the All-American National Lacrosse Classic in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Celebrating its 11th year, the 2018 National Lacrosse Classic and National Lacrosse Academy bring together the “best in class” youth and high school players to Delaware July 16-19 in an event offering elite lacrosse competition, exposure to the next level of the sport and an Olympic-style lacrosse experience for everyone. CO: National Cup XVII Finals at Aurora Sports Park Coming to Aurora US Club Soccer will host the National Cup XVII Finals at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colorado, July 20-24, 2018. The National Cup XVII Finals represent the culminating event of US Club Soccer’s cupbased national championship series that includes National Cup XVII Regionals around the country. AL: ESPN to Broadcast NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship from Gulf Shores The NCAA awarded ESPN a fi ve-year agreement to televise the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship through 2022 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The next championship will take place May 4-6, 2018, on the Gulf Shores Public Beach and is hosted by the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, city of Gulf Shores and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). SDM New Industry Research Now Available on SportsDestinations.com: The Economic Impact of the Florida Sports Industry This 2017 research report, provided by the Florida Sports Foundation, offers an excellent analysis of the economic impact of various sports upon the State of Florida.
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