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AUG 2016

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August 2016 48 Event organizers continue to score big when hosting sporting events in Georgia. With its mild climate, Southern hospitality, world-class attractions and prime facili- ties, it's no wonder the Peach State has long played host to a multitude of amateur and youth sporting events. "For decades, Georgia has hosted numerous sporting events, both big and small," said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "This year we are celebrat- ing the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta, and visitors are still able to experience that exciting time in the city through the world- class Olympic venues that are open for their use, enjoyment and entertainment." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Georgia's Sports Events Sceneā€¦ S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : G E O R G I A GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY t Rugby in Cobb County Georgia Alpharetta Located 22 miles north of Atlanta, Alpharetta boasts newly designed, tourna- ment-ready disc golf courses and a first-rate equestrian center. Hotel rooms: 2,763 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent Major facilities: North Park includes seven lighted tennis courts, two multipur- pose synthetic turf fields for baseball, soccer and football, and eight lighted softball fields. The Cooler has two ice arenas and one roller arena. Wills Park is a 110-acre park with seven grass baseball fields, one synthetic turf baseball field and two T-ball fields. Windward Lakes Club features 30 tennis courts. Contact: Alpharetta CVB, Atlanta Georgia's capital city offers anything and everything needed for an event: hotels, attractions, dining and state-of-the-art ven- ues. Next year, the city will welcome two new stadiums, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park, to replace Turner Field and the Georgia Dome. Hotel rooms: 11,700 in downtown Atlanta; 94,500 in metro Atlanta Hotel tax rate: 16 percent Major facilities: Philips Arena is a 690,000-square-foot multipurpose indoor venue. Now in its final season, Turner Field is a 49,568-seat ballpark. Also, in its final season, the Georgia Dome is a 71,250-seat indoor multipurpose venue. Opening in 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will feature a retractable roof and host football and soccer. Contact: Atlanta CVB, Augusta Augusta is known for its golf but this eastern Georgia city offers many more appealing attributes such as dining options and moderately pleasant year-round tem- peratures. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent Major facilities: The Savannah River is Presidential Visit The Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home is where President Wilson lived from 1860 to 1870. A National Historic Landmark, the home sits in downtown Augusta and is also the oldest presidential residence in the state. A guided tour to the home will show what life was like for the 28th presi- dent as a boy growing up during the Civil War and Reconstruction. n Augusta CVB Cobb Travel

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