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www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2016 65 Sports meet sand, sun and fun in Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island offers excep- tional venues in its wonderful environment. And, being part of the United States, ath- letes do not require a passport to visit. "The average year-round temperature is a balmy 82 degrees, with mild easterly trade winds," said Jose Arana, marketing and communications executive for Meet Puerto Rico. "Puerto Rico also provides world-class facilities and Olympic autonomy, and its own Olympic Committee, which means the destination can provide a high level of com- petition and expertise for most any sporting event. It all adds up to a desirable sports destination." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at www.sportseventsmagazine.com Puerto Rico's 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 Puerto Rico features more than 20 golf courses across the island. Puerto Rico Hotel rooms: 15,000+ Hotel tax rate: 9 percent without casino; 11 percent with casino Major facilities: Since opening in 2014, Coliseo de Puerto Rico stands as one of the best facilities worldwide. Located in the cosmopolitan scene of Hato Rey, the Coliseo's versatility allows it to accommodate audiences of different sizes, from small crowds of 2,400 up to 18,500 at its maximum capacity, as it hosts basketball, hockey, arena football, motocross, tennis and more. San Juan Natatorium is a 90,000-square-foot facility featuring a 50-meter by 25-yard covered outdoor pool and a separate diving well with a 10-meter dive tower. Hiram Bithorn Stadium is an 18,000-seat baseball park. Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium is an ultra-modern baseball park with a synthetic field and Major League two-level stadium seating for 12,500. Mayagüez Athletic Stadium is a 13,000-capacity facility on the island's west coast that hosts soccer as well as track. Puerto Rico also features more than 20 golf courses across the island. Convention center: The 580,000-square-foot Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest facility of its kind in the Caribbean. The venue features a 152,700-square-foot exhibition hall that is divisible into three exposition spaces. Contact: Meet Puerto Rico, www.meetpuertorico.com. n Tropical Times El Yunque is a subtropical rainforest in Puerto Rico and is the only one of its kind in the United States. This must see adventure offers guests an experi- ence to explore trails and discover the many vari- eties of flora and fauna, numerous waterfalls and many natural wildlife. Only here can you see the giant tree ferns and tropical birds like the Puerto Rican parrot while taking a dip in La Mina waterfall. n t 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 Meet Puerto Rico

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