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AUG 2016

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August 2016 62 www.sportseventsmagazine.com As the birthplace of sports such as basketball and volleyball, home to iconic venues such as Fenway Park and home of the oldest U.S. marathon — the Boston Marathon — it's no secret that Massachusetts is a premiere sports destination rich in history. "Massachusetts is a truly unique and special host site for sporting events," said Shannah McArdle, director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. "Massachusetts is a great destination that everyone wants to visit. You'll be competing in a city and state that is home to champi- ons, from professional sports teams to our collegiate teams. Our local fans support the events that come to Massachusetts in record numbers." n Contact: www.masportsoffice.com See Ad On Page 63 Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at www.sportseventsmagazine.com Massachusetts' Sports Events Scene… 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 Rowing in Springfield Massachusetts Boston Boston is the state capital and Massachusetts' largest city. The city provides a mix of venues that are first-class and world-renown. Hotel rooms: 32,000+ Hotel tax rate: 14.45 percent Major facilities: TD Garden is a multipurpose arena with a seating capacity of 19,580. Fenway Park is a 37,949-seat baseball facility. Gillette Stadium is a 66,829-seat football stadium. Convention center: The Boston Convention Center boasts 516,000 square feet of column-free, contiguous event space. The facility will host the Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival in 2017. Hynes Convention Center offers 176,480 square feet of flexible space. Contact: Greater Boston CVB, www.bostonusa.com. Cambridge Cambridge is located near Boston and is the home of Harvard University. Hotels: Approximately 17 properties Major facilities: Harvard University accommodates football, ice hockey, basketball and men's lacrosse. Contact: Cambridge Office of Tourism, www.cambridgeusa.org. Cape Cod Cape Cod is a world-renowned peninsula that boasts 559.5 miles of coastline and is made up of 15 towns. It's the ultimate outdoor place to see, play and explore with its 115 beaches, 53 harbors and 42 golf courses, perfect for any number of sporting events. Hotel rooms: 19,000 Hotel tax rate: 11.7 percent Major facility: Hyannis Youth and Community Center is a 105,000-square- foot venue with twin NHL-regulation rinks and a gym. Contact: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, www.capecodchamber.org. Animal Adventure The Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard is a unique farm showcasing a herd of friendly alpacas. It all began in 2004 and over the years, numerous alpacas have been added to bring the total to more than 50. Tourists can check out the herd and pick up alpaca products like ultra-warm socks and other items made of alpaca fleece. n t S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : M A S S A C H U S E T T S Western MA Sports William DeSousa-Mauk

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