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JAN 2017

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January 2017 58 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Daytona Beach Daytona Beach welcomes millions of visitors each year for major sporting events such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400. The area houses a number of popular venues such as Daytona International Speedway, Ormond Beach Sports Complex and Jackie Robinson Stadium. Hotel rooms: 12,000 Hotel tax rate: 12.5 percent Major facilities: DME Sports is a 47,000-square-foot facility. Florida Tennis Center has 24 clay hydro-courts and 20 lighted courts. Jackie Robinson Stadium is a 4,200-seat ballpark. Ormond Beach Sports Complex boasts 29 fields for sports such as softball, baseball, soccer and football. Convention center: The fifth largest convention center in Florida, Ocean Center houses a 42,000-square-foot arena and seats 9,500. The facility, which is 400 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, hosts sports including gymnastics, trampo- line and tumbling, chung do kwan and weightlifting. See Ad On Page 59 Contact: Daytona Beach Area CVB, www.DaytonaBeach.com. Emerald Coast The Emerald Coast is famous for its sugar-white sands that stretch for miles. Located in the Florida Panhandle, the area is home to top destinations such as Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Hotel rooms: 12,000+ Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: Morgan Sports Center features four regulation-size softball fields, two Little League baseball fields, three soccer fields, a basketball court and a sand volleyball court. The Fort Walton Beach Tennis Center houses 12 lighted courts. The Baker Recreation Area hosts horse shows. Convention center: The Emerald Coast Convention Center can be configured for any kind of event with its 30,000 square feet of space. Contact: Emerald Coast CVB, www.emeraldcoastfl.com. Flagler County Flagler County is located on the northeast coast of Florida, about 31 miles south of St. Augustine and 24 miles north of Daytona Beach. The county comprises five commu- nities: Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, Bunnell and Marineland. Hotel rooms: 1,500+ Major facilities: The Indian Trails Sports Complex features eight multi- sport fields, three baseball fields and a softball field. Wadsworth Park has seven multi-purpose fields primarily for soccer and lacrosse. Contact: Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, www.visitflagler.com. Gainesville Conveniently located in north-central Flori- da, Gainesville has become known as a strong sports community. The college town offers a small-town atmosphere with plenty of first-class venues. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: Champions Park is a 16-field complex for baseball and softball. Easton Newberry Sports Complex accom- modates sports such as archery, baseball, basketball, cricket, lacrosse, cross-country, softball, football, rugby, soccer and volley- ball. Jonesville Tennis Center has 14 light- ed clay courts, one tournament standard show court and one beach tennis court. Donald R. Dizney Lacrosse Stadium is a women's lacrosse facility with two lacrosse fields. Hal Brady Recreation Complex is a five-field complex for softball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby. Contact: Gainesville Sports Commis- sion, www.gainesvillesportscommission. com. Jacksonville Miles of white sandy beaches and a variety of athletic venues welcomes visitors to Jacksonville in northeast Florida. Hotel rooms: 18,000 Major facilities: EverBank Field is a 68,000-seat football stadium. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is a 15,000-seat indoor multi-purpose venue. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville is a Minor League ballpark. Convention center: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center features 78,000 square feet of space in two separate halls with 33- foot ceilings. Contact: Jacksonville Sports Council, www.jacksonvillesportscouncil.com. Kissimmee Just minutes from all major Central Florida theme parks, Kissimmee has a wide assort- ment of indoor and outdoor facilities that offer year-round play. Hotel rooms: 50,000+ Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Osceola Heritage Park Complex accommodates basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and more. Austin- Tindall Regional Park has eight multi-pur- pose fields for rugby, football, soccer, ► Rowing in Bradenton F L O R I D A t

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