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DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 122 www.sportseventsmagazine.com ust 25 miles north of Baltimore, situated along U.S. Interstate 95, Harford County, Maryland, is here to play! As the childhood home of baseball's Iron Man, Cal Ripken Jr., one could say that sports are a part of Harford County's heritage. Every year, thousands of fam- ilies with baseball players between the ages of 8 and 18 attend camps and tour- naments at The Ripken Experience Aber- deen Powered by Under Armour. The Ripken Complex located in Ab- erdeen consists of six youth fields and two full-sized baseball fields, each with its own historic design, plus additional baseball amenities such as batting cages, practice fields and concessions. Ripken Stadium is home of the Orioles Short Season Single A affiliate, the Aberdeen IronBirds. But did you know that baseball great- ness is just the beginning of what Harford County offers? Thousands of soccer and lacrosse play- ers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic are fast becoming fans of Cedar Lane Sports Complex. Cedar Lane Regional Park's 12 grass fields and one turf field, along with Carsin's Run Park's 12 fields, welcome tournaments that require significant space and well-kept fields. Cedar Lane Regional Park hosts 19 major tournaments each year, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The facility is host to 15 leagues in soccer and lacrosse, including the U.S Soccer Academy League, the U.S. Youth Soc- cer Association Region 1, Colonial and Pre-Academy Leagues, as well as the U.S. Women's Lacrosse champion- ships. The LAX Inception Tourna- ment and the Summer Sizzle are two of the largest recruiting tournaments in the nation. A majority of girls' lacrosse High School All-Americans, Division 1 players, College All-Amer- icans and National Team players have participated in events at Cedar Lane Regional Park and Carsin's Run. Teams love Harford County's prox- imity to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. With more than 2,800 hotel rooms close by and tons of great restau- rants, players can make the most of their experience on and off the field. During down time, teams enjoy spending time rock climbing or hiking at one of our state parks or seeing the Concord Point Lighthouse while walking the waterfront promenade in historic Havre de Grace. Visiting Ladew Gardens in Maryland's scenic horse country and stopping by a local winery or brewery is also a popular afternoon activity. Six public golf courses can be found in Harford County, including Bulle Rock, which formerly hosted the McDonald's LPGA Championship. The county buzzes with activity all year from major food festivals to Girls' Night out and First Fridays' monthly street festivals in downtown Havre de Grace and Bel Air. The APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College is a great place to catch a concert and is the largest indoor venue in Northeastern Maryland with fixed seating for 2,500 (or 3,200 with floor seating) and 18,000 square feet of floor space. Home to Harford's Fighting Owls basketball and volleyball teams, the arena is available for tournaments, expos and more! Harford County also offers Ice World, with two NHL-sized hockey rinks. Our attractions also include polo fields, an equestrian center and more. Harford County is a proud partner of TEAM Maryland and the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing. Create your memories in Harford County. Be sure to download the Destination Harford app to plan your next visit to Harford County. n J Harford County, Maryland… A Standout Site For Sports Events! Greg Pizzuto, Executive Director (443) 752-6926 greg@visitharford.com www.visitharford.com Visit Harford! "Harford County, Maryland, is a stand- out sports destination because our world- class facilities are so conveniently located within a two-hour drive of the Mid-Atlantic's major population centers."

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