November 2013

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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>> CONFERENCE PROGRAM >> OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES >> EXHIBITOR LIST >> STUDENT CHALLENGE Celebrate STMA's 25th Conference & Exhibition Deep in the Heart of Texas: San Antonio 2014! S TMA TrAvels To sAn AnTonio, TexAs from January 21-25, 2014 for the association's 25th Conference & Exhibition. San Antonio is a city – the second largest in Texas – rich in American history and steeped in a unique cultural heritage. It is home to the historic Alamo, world-renowned Riverwalk, Missions National Historical Park and scenic Texas Hill Country. A visit would not be complete without a stop at the world-famous Riverwalk, which opened a new 1.3 mile extension since STMA was there in 2007. In 2010, Travel + Leisure magazine named it one of "America's Coolest River Walks" saying "This granddaddy of river walks charms with four miles of cypress-lined cobble-and-flagstone paths along both sides of the narrow San Antonio River. Locals and visitors cool off on the horseshoe-shaped loop downtown, meandering past trendy shops and stopping at hot spots like Boudro's for guacamole prepared tableside." A number of varied shopping and cultural events abound; the downtown area surrounds the convention center. The Alamo is, undoubtedly, one of San Antonio's highest-profile attractions and one of the most-visited historical sites in the United States. According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, "The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) was founded in 1718 as the first mission in San Antonio, serving as a way station 8 SportsTurf | November 2013 between east Texas and Mexico. In 1836, decades after the mission had closed; the Alamo became an inspiration and a motivation for liberty during the Texas Revolution. For 13 days in 1836, close to 200 Texas defenders held the Alamo from over one thousand of General Santa Anna's troops from Mexico. The most famous of the defenders, William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett, died fighting overwhelming odds for freedom." Additionally, contrary to public opinion, there actually is a basement in the Alamo. For the past 25 conferences and exhibitions, STMA has provided attendees with a best-in-class experience through innovative educational sessions, networking opportunities, hands on tours of sports facilities and a singular focus on advancing the sports turf industry as a whole. As the premier not-for-profit, professional association for the men and women who manage sports fields worldwide, the association is excited at the opportunity San Antonio provides to show how our dedicated members have moved this organization to where it is now, and to share our board's vision for the next 25 years (and beyond). We hope to see you in San Antonio, Jan. 2124, 2014, for STMA's 25th Annual Conference & Exhibition! Conference Highlights Celebrate STMA's 25th Anniversary in San Antonio with all the exceptional sessions, semi- nars, and workshops you've come to expect from the industry's premier sports field association. Explore the rich culture, cuisine and character of a city that has proven to be one of our nation's most endearing travel destinations and benefit from the ultimate learning event of the year! STMA Registration Hours All at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center TUES., JAN. 21 — 6:30 am – 6:30 pm WED., JAN. 22 — 7 am – 6:30 pm THURS., JAN. 23 — 7 am – 6:30 pm FRI., JAN. 24 — 7 am – 1 pm STMA Exposition Hours THURS., JAN. 23 — 1:30 – 7 pm (Reception) FRI., JAN. 24 — 10 am – 1 pm (Lunch) Full Conference Registration Just $375 (Register by Dec. 15. After Dec. 15: $450) Includes: • All education sessions, plus pre-conference workshops • More than 76 hours of education • Breakfasts and most lunches • Receptions and Awards Banquet

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