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The Definitive Guide to Sports Tourism

Sports tourism means so much to so many people. It’s Saturday nights in Death Valley when LSU takes on Alabama. It’s also the Summer Baseball Tournament for young, elite players at Ballparks of America. It’s traveling across Brazil for World Cup and it’s traveling to Disney to participate in your first triathlon. And to the communities hosting these events, its big business. 

According to Sports ETA, sports tourism accounted for $45 Billion in spending in 2019 and is already leading the charge to economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cities everywhere are focused on ways to both build their national and regional brands and drive revenue and economic impact. So it’s no surprise that many are looking to sports tourism to spur positive growth. But where to start?

Below is a list a resources that we’ve compiled that cover all aspects of sports tourism. It’s our hope that it will guide your journey towards the community-defining benefits of the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. 

Downloadable Articles & Guides

Concept to Concrete- Steps for Building a Sports Tourism Destination

Cedar Point Sports Center- A Sports Tourism Case Study

Sports Tourism Guide

SFM Event Creation Guide


Youth Sports Inc-Full Segment: Real Sports (HBO)

SFM Network Better Together

Sports Tourism - The Development Opportunity for Communities

Introducing The SF Network

The Concept to Concrete Approach to Sports Facility Development

SFA & SFM - The Plan Starts Here

How to Obtain Funding for a Sports Complex

Dev Pathik Forbes Sports Money Interview

Industry Leaders Roundtable Sports Tourism & COVID-19

Planning for a New Sports Complex

What is the SF Network?

Taking your Sports Complex from Vision to Reality

Hybrid Models: How to Mix Sports Tourism and Community Recreation

What is Venue Planning for Sports Complex Construction?

How to Overcome the Biggest Obstacle in Building a Sports Tourism Complex

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