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SEP 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2016 23 Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Center tion complex, so athletes are staying a walk away from their competition sites." The BJCC complex also has the 10-sto- ry Legacy Arena. The Legacy Arena seats 18,000 for major sporting events or up to 19,000 for in-the-round performances. THE RALEIGH CONVENTION CENTER in Raleigh, NC has hosted numerous sports events including The Deep South Classic Region Girls Basketball Tourna- ment; the Tobacco Road Summer Show- case, an AAU basketball tournament; USA Gymnastics Region 8 Champion- ships; the N.C. High School Athletic As- sociation Cheerleading Championships; The Mid-Atlantic Power League Volley- ball Tournament; and expos for various sports organizations as well as the 2011 NHL All-Star Game Draft and Fan Fest. "With its easy floor plan and soaring ceilings, Raleigh Convention Center's 150,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall pro- vides the perfect space for indoor sports of all kinds," said Scott Dupree, execu- tive director of Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. "Seating and concession areas are available upon request, and the hall can be separated into two or three sepa- rate rooms upon request." THE HAMPTON ROADS CONVENTION CENTER (HRCC) in Coastal Virginia boasts 344,000 square feet of versatile space including a 102,000-square-foot ex- hibit hall. HRCC staff is excited to begin hosting a new 18-court volleyball tourna- ment in April 2017: the Sea to the Stars Classic is a Quest for Excellence event. Each spring, the facility hosts the Virginia USA Gymnastics Xcel State Champion- ships and it has also hosted karate, cheer and dance, field hockey and CrossFit. "Hampton has a good track record for hosting sporting events," said Hierstein. "Our location is right in the center be- tween Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. We're right on the Chesapeake Bay so we're quite a vacation destination with reasonably priced hotels and a convention center that's easily walkable from most of them." HRCC celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. "We take sports very seriously and ► Ford Park The Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex Ford Ford Park Park Ford Park

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