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DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 124 www.sportseventsmagazine.com alina is a progressive community that blends "big city" opportu- nities and "small city" feel to create a great place to live, work and especially play! Located in the center of the United States at the crossroads of Interstates 70 and 135, Salina is an ideal choice for sporting events! Salina is excited about a new multi-use facility. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Salina Fieldhouse is a 65,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility designed specifically to handle local, regional, and national youth and adult sporting events. The layout will feature four hardwood and two synthetic basketball courts, which convert into eight volleyball courts. This space can also transform into a 20,000-square-foot turf area for soccer and football. Basket- ball, volleyball, soccer, cheer, dance, flag football, wrestling, baseball, softball and ultimate Frisbee are just a few of the many activities the Fieldhouse can accommodate. Home of the Salina Liberty indoor foot- ball team, the newly renovated Bicentennial Center, features a 6,500+ seat arena and more than 20,000 square feet of conven- tion space, accommodating events like volleyball, basketball, wrestling, rodeo, concerts and trade shows. The 1000+ acres in the parks system includes Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park, three spray parks, tennis courts, sand volleyball, fishing lake, disc golf, skate- board park, horse shoe pits, picnic areas, playgrounds and more. Dean Evans Stadium seats 800 and is near East Crawford Recreation Area, Bill Burke Park and the Magnolia Soccer Complex, which combined feature 16 lighted dia- monds and 12 soccer fields. Kansas Wesleyan University, host to several NAIA events, features Mabee Arena, which seats approximately 1,500. Graves Family Sports Complex was completed in the fall of 2015. The complex includes Gene Bissel Field, with stadium for football and soccer, track, practice field and more. K-State Polytechnic features a 32,000-square-foot Student Life Center that includes a 1,200- capacity gymnasium, racquetball court, cardiovascular and free weights, aerobics/ fitness area, upper level running track, ping-pong and air hockey tables. Entrepreneurs value the sports market in Salina as well. Sharp Performance is mak- ing its name with an indoor turfed airplane hangar. The facility is used for off-season indoor practices in a variety of sports and hosts events such as testing combines, and specific sport training for youth and adults. Fierce Athletics & Training is owned and operated by two collegiate cheer coaches. This 5,000-square-foot facility includes a full-length competition spring floor. Athletes can train, enroll in single classes, or participate on competition teams. Salina has more than 30 lodging facil- ities that provide 2,000+ room accom- modations. Diverse meeting facilities can seat from 10 to 7,000. Salina is home to excellent cuisine served at 80+ dining es- tablishments, ranging from the nationally known Cozy Inn burger shop, to some of the best pizza in the Midwest. Unique attractions include a world-class zoo and wildlife museum, art galleries, historical museums, live theatres, recre- ation and fun centers. Shopping opportuni- ties are abundant at specialty shops, retail centers and an indoor mall. Salina's many venues provide a place for year-round events that create plentiful and diverse entertainment. Whether you're familiar with Salina, or are first discovering our community, you'll be impressed with the services, facilities and especially the people. You're invited to Visit Salina! n S Salina Kansas — Get in the Middle of it All! Tiffany Benien, Sports & Events Manager (785) 827-9301, ext. 130 or (877) 725-4625 tbenien@salinakansas.org www.VisitSalinaKs.org Visit Salina/Salina Area Chamber of Commerce "While Salina is a small community of under 50,000 people in the middle of the United States, it has offerings of sports, recreation, arts, food and things to see and do com- parable to a larger city, PLUS Midwestern friendly service and hospitality. Once you visit, you're going to want to return time and time again!" Salina Liberty Football will begin their 2017 season. Salina Fieldhouse Coming 2017!

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