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AUG 2016

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August 2016 60 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Variety is the name of the game in New Mexico. This southwestern state offers a ter- rain for any sport, altitude ideal for training and a unique atmosphere for outdoor sports unlike any other. "Skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and golf are all sports adventures available in abundance in New Mexico," said Heather Briganti, communications director at the New Mexico Tourism Department. "Along with distinctive cuisine and internationally famous events and family activities for all ages, New Mexico is truly a destination for the adventure seeker." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at www.sportseventsmagazine.com New Mexico's Sports Events Sceneā€¦ S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : P U E R T O R I C O Rugby in Santa Fe New Mexico Albuquerque Centrally located in the state, Albuquerque's mild high-desert climate is moderate year-round. Because of its nearly mile-high altitude, there is little humidity. Hotel rooms: 17,000 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: University Stadium is a 40,000-seat football stadium. WisePies Arena is a multipurpose indoor venue. Balloon Fiesta Park can accommodate 20 multi-use fields for sports such as soccer, rugby, lacrosse and flag football. Convention center: The Albuquerque Convention Center has more than 600,000 square feet of event space. The facility has been used for track and field championships, roller sports, skating, volleyball, weightlifting, gymnastics and archery. Contact: Visit Albuquerque, www.VisitABQ.org. Farmington Farmington is situated in the northwest corner of New Mexico, commonly referred to as the Four Corners. Sitting at 5,395 feet, the scenic landscape offers unique land formations, beautiful bluffs and mesas, and exceptional terrain for outdoor experiences. Hotel rooms: 2,259 Hotel tax rate: 12.1875 percent plus $2.50 per room, per night Major facilities: Ricketts Park is a 6,100-seat baseball park. The 156-acre Farmington Sports Complex contains three soccer fields, eight lighted tennis courts, four baseball fields and four softball fields. Justin Park is a 9.1-acre lighted park. Worley Baseball Field is a ballpark that can seat more than 200 spectators. The Aquatic Center features an Olympic-size pool. The Farmington Ballooning Capital Of The World The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest hot air balloon festival, takes place each October, when you'll see hundreds of balloons in the sky at a time. This magical hot air balloon festival is considered to be the most photographed event in the world, drawing a huge international crowd of balloonists and specta- tors. n S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : N E W M E X I C O t Derek Lucero

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