SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2017

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Page 56 of 67 January 2017 57 Bradenton Bradenton is located in west Florida near Sarasota. Bradenton offers a choice of ev- ery type of lodging, from luxury beachside resorts to budget-friendly hotels. Hotel rooms: 6,500 Major facilities: IMG Academy is a 500-acre campus with a 5,000-seat stadium, 400-meter track, 20-plus multi-purpose fields, 50 tennis courts, a baseball complex, an 18-hole golf course and four indoor basketball courts. PSC boasts 23 fields with a new 4,000-seat sta- dium. Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex has two sheets of NHL regulation-size rinks with a roller hockey rink. G.T. Bray Park is a community center with three Little League fields, one regulation-size baseball field, four softball fields, an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and basketball courts. Convention center: Bradenton Area Convention Center includes a 32,400-square-foot arena with 4,000 seats and hosts sports such as gymnastics, cheer- leading, volleyball, wrestling and lacrosse. Contact: Bradenton Area Sports Com- mission, www.BradentonAreaSports See Ad On Page 61 Columbia County In Columbia County, an area in north Flor- ida, most facilities are located within two miles of 2,000 hotel rooms. Hotel rooms: 1,800 Major facilities: Southside Recreation Complex has 13 baseball fields, eight girls softball fields and four adult softball fields. Tiger Stadium is a 5,000-seat football f acility. Memorial Stadium is a 2,500-seat football facility. The Columbia Aquatic Complex houses a 50-meter by 25-yard pool. Contact: Columbia County Sports Commission, ► Sports are just as important to Florida as sunshine and sand. With 28 sports commissions statewide, the Sunshine State presents itself as a serious sports destination. "We've got it all in Florida," said Nick Gandy of Florida Tourism. "Florida is one of the few states in the U.S. with the ability to host outdoor events 12 months a year. Our temperate climate makes the state attractive as a sports destination. And once folks get to Florida, they find out there's so much more to do away from the sporting events. There's arts and culture, natural beauty — includ- ing award-winning beaches — and theme-park attractions." n ◄ Golf In Central Florida SITE SELECTION GUIDE: FLORIDA Bok Tower Gardens Since it opened in 1929, Bok Tower Gardens has welcomed more than 20 million visitors to experience its unique beauty. The Polk County landmark houses the works of internationally known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., and the 205-foot Singing Tower. Concerts from the 60-bell carillon are held daily. n WHAT TO SEE: Photo courtesy of Visit Central Florida

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