SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 126 www.sportseventsmagazine.com ounded in 1733, Savannah is a beautiful historic city that draws more than 13 million people each year to explore its elegant architecture, coastal influences, fountains and scenic squares. Savannah's beauty is rivaled only by the city's reputation for Southern hospitality—and its com- mitment to hosting outstanding sports events. Sports Venues Some of the events Savannah will host this year include the NAIA Women's Golf National Championships, The Color Run, EVP Beach Volleyball Tour, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Mar- athon, St. Joseph's/Candler Savannah Challenger and the Savannah Speed Classic. These and other events will be held throughout Savannah in a variety of its venues. Among the city's versatile sports venues, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center features a 97,750-square-foot exhibit hall for a variety of events. Another option is the Savannah Civic Center, with a versatile arena capable of seating 7,832 and 25,000 total square feet of floor space among other spaces. Historic Grayson Stadium, which can seat 4,000, serves as the home of several sporting events as well. With numerous parks, municipal ven- ues and golf courses, Savannah can host everything from soccer and lacrosse to baseball, softball, swimming, basketball, tennis, golf and more. Savannah's universities also make their modern sports venues available to outside events. For example, the Alumni Arena of Armstrong State University has 4,000 seats available for events. The Savannah College of Art and Design features the Roland C. Waranch Equestrian Center, which is an 80-acre venue for horse shows of all disciplines. Savannah State University's T.A. Wright Stadium can seat up to 8,500 for football and track and field events. Sports Marketing Grant The Savannah Sports Council, which is committed to developing sports-related events with local, regional, national and international organizations, offers a sports marketing grant that is available to new events in the Savannah area. The grant is meant to help events grow in at- tendance while in Savannah. Airport & Accommodations The city is centrally located between Atlanta, Jacksonville, Charleston and Columbus, Ga., and has its own interna- tional airport. With more than 45 daily non-stop flights via Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Sun Country, United and US Airways from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and more, it's easier to get here than ever before. With more than 155 hotels and inns, Savannah is home to 15,000 available hotel rooms in a variety of price ranges. From historic bed and breakfasts and charming (and sometimes haunted) inns, to luxurious boutique hotels and familiar national chains, Savannah knows how to create a memorable experience. The Savannah Sports Council will make your sports groups feel right at home. The council hosts or supports more than 35 events annually, and we would like to host yours. Contact us today for a sports facilities guide, or visit our website at SavannahSportsCouncil.com! n F Scenery & Sports Meet In Savannah Ben Wilder, CSEE, Director (912) 644-6414 BWilder@VisitSavannah.com www.SavannahSportsCouncil.com Savannah Sports Council "Savannah's sports tourism scene is set apart from other destinations in what the city offers to visitors before and after the sports event or competition. The 22 beautiful, park-like squares, historic build- ings and fun attractions like ghost tours make Savannah a top choice for families traveling for these events."

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