SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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December 2016 140 CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content rie, Pennsylvania is a lively city situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. Couple its location with its stellar sports venues, and this city is sure to impress! When the Erie Insurance Arena com- pleted a $47 million renovation project recently, the expanded concourse, addition- al seating, and updated locker rooms were an immediate draw for events. The facility seats 6,900 for basketball and 6,700 for hockey, and has recently hosted the NCAA DII Women's Basketball Championships and PA Junior Wrestling Championships. The Bayfront Convention Center features 100,000 square feet of space, 25-foot ceilings in its Great Hall, and spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of Presque Isle Bay. The facility offers 470 free parking spaces, and is connected to two waterfront hotels: the 200-room Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and the 192-room Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel, which opened in June 2016. The venue has hosted wrestling, gymnastics, cheer, and powerlifting events. Presque Isle State Park is Erie's natural gem. The 3,200-acre forested peninsula boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, 25 miles of flat recreational trails, and numer- ous boat launch areas, making it perfect for fishing, running, bicycling and beach sports events. With more than 4,500 hotel rooms, you'll always have a comfortable place to stay, and when the competition is over, enjoy Erie's vibrant cultural scene, unique dining options and the Top Freshwater Beach in the Country (named by a USA Today Readers' Choice Poll in 2016). n E In Erie, We Get Sports 2 0 1 4 National Sports Commission of the Year ERIE INSURANCE ARENA PRESQUE ISLE STATE PARK FAMILY FIRST SPORTS PARK BAYFRONT CONVENTION CENTER VisitErie major sponsors: A DIVISION OF VISITERIE • Great waterfront city • State-of-the-art facilities • Affordable accommodations • Entertainment for everyone Put one of the nation's most recognized sports commissions to work for you. Learn more at Looking for the perfect venue for your big event? Erie, PA has everything you need to ensure a win. GAME CHANGER! R. Ron Sertz, Executive Director (800) 524-3743 (814) 454-1000 Erie Sports Commission "The Erie Sports Commission has the experi- ence and connections to support events of any size or type. With a record of successfully supporting high-profile national and state competitions and access to the best venues, Erie is your ideal destination for any sports event."

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