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Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Bloomington-Normal is accustomed to hosting big softball, volleyball, and basketball tournaments. It can now add esports to the list.

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A $43.6 million indoor-outdoor sports complex would make Bloomington-Normal an even bigger sports tourism destination and have a multigenerational impact on public health, a consultant told elected officials Monday night.

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With 116 teams representing 29 states, the Town of Normal hit another grand slam this week by hosting the USA Class A 16-and-under girls national softball tournament.

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By the end of the year, 21 soccer fields on airport-owned land along Ireland Grove Road will be off limits due to FAA regulations and so the debate is ramping up about whether to seize the opportunity and go big, as in a multi-sport complex in one location, or to update existing fields and green space at schools and parks to fill the void.