The South is fiercely proud of its traditions, whether it’s sweet tea, Sunday school or sports. College towns like Knoxville, Ten- nessee, revel in school pride. Elizabeth- town, Kentucky, has a sprawling sports
complex that draws major youth tournaments. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, though famous for college football, also is a haven for triathlons at its downtown
riverfront. The Mississippi Gulf Coast turns competitions into vacations, and Rogers, Arkansas, is making
a name for itself in the cycling world. New Orleans is
a major player for major events, consistently on the
roster for the Super Bowl and Final Four.
Whether it’s college cities or small suburbs, beach
towns or the Big Easy, these Southern destinations of-
fer rights holders mild weather, world-class facilities,
easy access and a Southern passion for sports.
Which comes first: the sports tourism or the venue?
In Elizabethtown, Kentucky, the answer is certainly
the Elizabethtown Sports Park. The complex opened
in June 2012 and has since generated enough tour-
ism to drive community development.
“If you compare what was going on in Elizabethtown then and what is going on in Elizabethtown
now, there are several areas where we’ve seen a boom,”
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