SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 116 www.sportseventsmagazine.com estled among the rolling hills of the Old Connecticut Western Reserve and along the shores of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Greater Akron/Summit County is a region rich in heritage and opportunities for sports participants and fans to explore. Positioned within 500 miles of half of the nation's population, Akron's location is reflected in the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its residents and visitors. Everyone in your group will feel at home in Greater Akron and its four neighboring counties! Our area plays host to a myriad of teams and individual athletes striving for peak performance. The diversity of our venues will offer you the option you need to maximize your attendance, while pro- viding both athletes and spectators a wide array of dining, shopping and entertain- ment options. Hundreds of eateries, diners, restau- rants and grills are located in every corner of Greater Akron. Find the finest fresh ingredients at one of Mustard Seed Market & Café's two locations to make your favorite recipes exceptional. Want to avoid the kitchen? Enjoy nostalgic car-side service at Swenson's Drive-In, or visit one of the newest hot spots in Greater Akron—The Twisted Olive. Akron and Summit County have unique shops with special finds for everyone on your shopping list. Summit Mall and Chapel Hill Mall are each anchored by top retailers. Specialty shop- ping is abundant throughout the county including Highland Square, Hudson's First & Main, Macedonia Commons, Downtown Akron, Northside District and Peninsula. Akron-centric must-sees are Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, Stagecoach Antiques and Akron Glass Works. From novices to pros, from armchair quarterbacks to conditioned athletes, Greater Akron is the place for sports. Cheer on the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park, catch The University of Akron Zips' sports teams and take in the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium. Roller Derby also takes Akron by storm with the Rubber City Roller Girls and NEO Roller Derby. If you have a need for speed, Barberton Speedway has the cars, while Northfield Park has the horses. Show your own speed during the Akron Marathon. Marvel at the world's best golfers at the Bridgestone Invitational or gravity-defying races at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Championships. Two more sug- gestions include indoor rock climbing at Kendall Cliffs and slicing through the powder at Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort. The region's accommodations are equally diverse with a range of full- service and limited-service hotels and motels to meet every budget. Chains include Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Radisson, Hampton Inn, Marriott, Com- fort Inn, Best Western, Cambria Suites, and Fairfield Inn & Suites. Our major highway, interstate and turnpike systems make arriving by car or motor coach easy and efficient. Addition- ally, the Akron-Canton Airport and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport service the area. Our destination sales team invites you to discover the variety of complimentary services available to assist you in all phases of your planning. Our comprehen- sive, full-color "Sports Venue Directory" is available by calling (800) 245-4254. We eagerly await the opportunity to do our part in making your next event one for the record books! n N Come To Play…Sports Alliance Of Greater Akron, Ohio! Powered by: Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Brittany Wigman, Sports Development Strategist (330) 374-8908 or (800) 245-4254 bwigman@visitakron-summit.org www.playakron.com Sports Alliance of Greater Akron

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