In 2010, Columbus had the distinct privilege of hosting the National Association of Sports Commission’s (NASC) Sports Event Symposium, the organization’s national conference. This event annually brings together representatives from over 300 cities and organizers from specific sporting events. This past week, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission team traveled to Greensboro, NC for the conference and here were some of our major takeaways:
- A year later, we continued to hear more positive feedback about how great the Columbus experience was for the NASC Symposium in 2010.
- The NCAA breakout session and our meeting with them at the Sports Marketplace was perhaps the most worthwhile part of the conference. The session was great for learning more about developments on the horizon at the Division I, II and III levels, especially with the recent changes in the NCAA administration. There could be a lot of events for Columbus to bid on in the very near future, especially the Division II Championships Festival (five sports all in one weekend), which has generated a lot of excitement around the country.
- Another great point of the conference that was specific to Columbus was the opportunity to hear from the Raleigh Sports Council on the 2011 NHL All-Star game, their use of the Local Organizing Committee and some of the key initiatives that made the event successful for them. Columbus officially bid on the 2013 NHL All-Star game, so this intelligence was extremely valuable as Raleigh only had nine months to put everything together.
- Some other great event meetings our team had was with US Lacrosse regarding their 2014 Lacrosse Festival, USA Volleyball regarding their 2012 Girls Junior National Championships and USA Curling, which have their 2013 Olympic Trials open for bid.
- There was also some discussions on rowing events and there could really be an opportunity for Columbus to create a rowing event or get more involved with the Speakmon Regatta to make it a larger event.
- There were also great discussions about how to better engage our board as well as partnering more with our local collegiate sports management programs on projects to provide students with hands-on experience while expanding our capabilities.
The GCSC team looks forward to attending the NASC Sports Event Symposium in Hartford, Connecticut in 2012. – LL