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JAN 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2017 63 softball/baseball fields. Contact: Seminole County CVB, www. visitseminole.com. Space Coast Florida's Space Coast is just about an hour east of Orlando and is home to the Ken- nedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The area's largest sports venue is Space Coast Stadium. Hotel rooms: 9,300 Hotel tax rate: 11.5 percent Major facilities: Space Coast Stadium is a ballpark with a seating capacity of 8,100. Cocoa Expo Sports Center is currently un- dergoing a renovation and when complete will host baseball, softball and soccer. Contact: Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, www.visitspacecoast.com. St. Petersburg/Clearwater St. Petersburg and neighboring Clearwater are popular tourist attractions thanks to their clear waters and white sand. This 35- mile stretch in southwest Florida also hosts a number of events such as the East–West Shrine Game and the Outback Bowl. Hotels: 400+ properties Major facilities: 31st Street Complex offers facilities for lacrosse and football. Al Lang Stadium is a waterfront baseball park. Belcher Soccer Complex is a three-field complex that hosts soccer, lacrosse and flag football. Bright House Field is a 10,000- seat ballpark. Countryside Sports Complex offers three soccer fields. Contact: St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, www.sportsspc.com. Tallahassee Tallahassee is home to three colleges, so the city has venues for numerous sports, in- cluding swimming, diving, football, base- ball, track and cross-country. Recently, the northern Florida city has hosted the Capital City Senior Games, ACC Track & Field Championships, ASA Softball National Qualifier Capital City Invite and the AAU National Cross Country Championships. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Hotel tax rate: 12.5 percent Major facilities: Apalachee Regional Park is a 140-acre park with a champion- ship cross-country course and four lighted football fields that can also be used for soccer and lacrosse. Forestmeadows Ten- nis Complex consists of 19 lighted tennis courts. FSU Seminole Rec SportsPlex accommodates softball, baseball, flag foot- ball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby and kickball. Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipur- pose Center at Florida A&M University is a 135,000-square foot venue that hosts basketball, volleyball, wrestling, cheerlead- ing and martial arts. Convention center: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center includes an 18,000-square- foot multi-purpose arena with a seating capacity of 12,600. The venue accommo- dates basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, wrestling and martial arts. Contact: Tallahassee Sports Council/ Visit Tallahassee, www.VisitTallahassee. com. Tampa Home of professional sports teams and first-class venues, Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida. Hotel rooms: 20,000+ Major facilities: Tropicana Field is a Major League baseball park but can host football, hockey, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, tennis and track, among other sports. Amalie Arena is a multi-sport venue that hosts arena football, basketball, figure skating, gymnastics, hockey, indoor soccer, lacrosse, motocross and more. Raymond James Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium. George M. Steinbrenner Field, the spring home of the New York Yankees, houses 11,000+ total seats. Convention center: The Tampa Convention Center offers a total of 600,000 square feet. The facility has an extensive résumé of hosting sporting events, including volleyball, wrestling, cheerleading, dance, basketball, fencing, gymnastics, karate, indoor soccer and taekwondo. Contact: Tampa Bay Sports Commis- sion, www.TampaBaySports.org. Washington County Washington County offers great facilities nestled throughout its cities and towns. The area hosts a number of events, including Dixie Pre-Majors World Series and Dixie Youth Machine Pitch State Tournament. Hotel rooms: 230+ Hotel tax rate: 10 percent Major facility: The 25-acre Pal's Park features eight baseball fields and one soccer field. Convention center: Washington County Agricultural Center hosts sports banquets. Contact: Visit Washington County, www.visitwcfla.com. n F L O R I D A Football in Kissimmee t

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