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JAN 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2017 47 Auburn Along with its neighboring city Opelika, Auburn is a clean, safe and vibrant com- munity that's conveniently situated near Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery. A number of events — including the Barbasol PGA Championship and the Alabama High School Athletic Association Super 7 State Football Championship — are held here frequently. Hotel rooms: 2,668 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National is the home of the Barbasol PGA Championship. The Yarbrough Tennis Center features 16 clay courts, 12 outdoor hard courts and six indoor courts. The Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center is an indoor aquatics center with a zero-depth heated pool, splash park, racquetball courts, indoor rubber walking track and more. Contact: Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, www.aotourism.com. Birmingham From the 2017 National Senior Games to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Champi- onship, Birmingham is almost always host- ing an event. Situated in the center of the state, Birmingham boasts an excellent array of world-class sports facilities, including the new $85 million Hoover Sports Complex. Hotel rooms: 16,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent within city limits Major facilities: Birmingham CrossPlex is a 750,000-square-foot multi-purpose athletic facility that includes a six-lane oval hydraulic track and eight 60-meter lanes, a 50-meter indoor Olympic-size pool, and space for sports such as volleyball, wres- tling, cheering and gymnastics. Barber Mo- torsports Park is a 740-acre multi-purpose racing facility. Legion Field is a 72,000- seat stadium. The 120-acre Hoover Sports Complex offers 150,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, six regulation NCAA size soccer/lacrosse fields or 12 youth ► From fencing to football, Alabama is a state that knows and appreciates sports. Its history and tradition of hosting some of the premier sporting events has earned the Heart of Dixie honors as one of the South's top des- tinations for sports. "Alabama offers families a great value to anyone traveling to one of our outstanding communities for tourna- ments, competitions and events," said Don Dukemineer, chairman of Sports Alabama. "From the mountains in the northern part to the white sandy beaches in the south, Alabama can't be beat with our year-round weather, our true Southern hospitality and our world-class facilities." n Triathlon in Mobile ► Worth The Ride! The Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Visitor Center just outside of Tuscaloosa houses a multi-million dollar museum. Visitors can check out iconic classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles, concept cars and even race cars. n Photo courtesy of Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports WHAT TO SEE: SITE SELECTION GUIDE: ALABAMA

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