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JAN 2017

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January 2017 48 www.sportseventsmagazine.com soccer/lacrosse fields, five full-size baseball fields and a 16-court tennis facility. Convention center: The Birming- ham–Jefferson Convention Complex has an 18,000-seat arena, 220,000 square feet of exhibition space and 4,000 seats in two theaters — all under one roof. The facility hosts sports such as basketball, tennis, volleyball and arena football. Contact: Greater Birmingham CVB, www.inbirmingham.com. Decatur Decatur has earned a reputation for provid- ing winning facilities, and experienced per- sonnel and service. The north Alabama city hosts a number of diverse sporting events, including the USA Archery Outdoor Na- tional Championships, River City Rivalry Lacrosse Tournament and Presidents Cup Region III Soccer Tournament. Hotel rooms: 1,611 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: The Jack Allen Recre- ation Complex provides 11 fields and two championships fields with seating for up to 3,000. Ingalls Harbor Marina and Pavilion is a top launch site for fishing tournaments. Wilson Morgan Softball Complex is a six- field softball facility. Contact: Decatur/Morgan County CVB, www.decaturcvb.org. Foley Just seven miles from the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast is Foley. In addi- tion to easy beach access, the city offers entertainment options, retail centers and plenty of restaurants. Hotel rooms: 750 with another 350+ coming soon Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facility: The Foley Sports Tourism Complex boasts 16 state-of-the- art fields and a 90,000-square-foot indoor Events Center. The facilities at the complex can host sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, baseball, softball, basketball, cheer, dance, gymnas- tics, volleyball and fencing. Contact: Foley Sports Tourism Com- plex, www.foleysportstourism.com. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach The beach is the number one attraction in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach but the area's sports facilities keep athletic groups coming back. The area hosts numerous youth events, along with several collegiate national and conference championships. Hotel rooms: 17,000+ accommodations Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: The Gulf Shores Sportsplex & Softball Complex boast a multi-use field house, football field, base- ball field, soccer field, track and six softball fields. The Orange Beach Sportsplex features five softball fields, five baseball fields, two soccer/football fields and one multi-purpose field. Orange Beach Tennis Center has eight hard courts. George C. Meyer Tennis Center offers 12 hard-surface courts and six Rubico courts. Contact: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, www.gulfshoresor- angebeachsports.com. See Ad On Page 19 Huntsville Huntsville, in north Alabama, offers a number of unique entertainment options pre- or post-event: exploring the galaxy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, enjoying the nation's largest open-air butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden or going back in time at the EarlyWorks museums and Burritt on the Mountain estate. Hotel rooms: 6,500 countywide Hotel tax rate: 13 percent plus $1 per room, per night Major facilities: Fern Bell Park offers four fields for baseball/softball. Huntsville Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex includes six fields for baseball/softball. Phillips Park houses seven baseball/softball fields. Brah- an Spring Park, Dublin Park, Indian Creek, Mastin Lake, Southside Park, Monte Sano State Park and UA Huntsville host disc golf. Louis Crews Stadium is a 21,000-seat football stadium. Milton Frank Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that hosts football and soccer. Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex has two NHL-size rinks. Mer- rimack Soccer Complex is the city's largest A L A B A M A t The Foley Sports Complex Finger-licking Good! No trip to Decatur is complete without a meal at Big Bob Gibson's B-B-Q. The restaurant started out in 1925 from a makeshift table in Big Bob's back yard. Over the years, the barbecue has won award after award and continues to draw people from all over to experience the one-of-a-kind flavor. n DON'T MISS: Photo courtesy of DMCCVB

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