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JAN 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2017 65 enthusiasts of all sports, both indoors and outdoors. Geographically, Duluth is a two-hour drive from Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Hotel rooms: 4,600+ Hotel tax rate: 13.875 percent Major facilities: The city is home to approximately nine sheets of ice, six indoor hockey arenas, one designated curling rink, 29 softball/baseball fields, nine soccer fields, 41 tennis courts, seven disc golf courses, more than 40 miles of biking trails, two 27-hole golf courses, 70 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and a 26,000-square-foot multi-pur- pose facility. Contact: Visit Duluth, www.visit duluth.com. Mankato Mankato is nestled in southern Minneso- ta, just 75 miles from Minneapolis. The area offers plenty of sports opportunities, including cycling trails, downhill slopes and river rapids, along with playing fields, courts and rinks. Hotel rooms: 1,000 Major facilities: Verizon Wireless Center is a 19,940-square-foot full-ser- vice arena with an Olympic-size rink. All Seasons Arena houses two full-size hockey inks. Caswell Park consists of six lighted softball fields and 10 soccer fields. Community Fields at Rosa Parks School has six youth baseball fields. Miracle Field (Fallenstein Field) offers a barrier-free, handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible baseball/softball field. Contact: Visit Mankato, www.visit greatermankato.com. Minneapolis Minneapolis is home to six professional sports team, a major university and a thriving amateur sports community. The city also has one of the newest and most modern collections of major sports venues with the 2016 opening of the bold new U.S. Bank Stadium, which will host the Super Bowl in 2018. Hotel rooms: 11,452 Hotel tax rate: 13.4 percent Major facilities: U.S. Bank Stadium is a 66,000-seat football stadium. Target Field is a 40,000-seat ballpark. Target Center is a 19,000-seat multi-purpose venue. Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center houses a 50-meter by 25-yard pool. Contact: Sports Minneapolis, www.sportsminneapolis.org. Minneapolis Northwest Minneapolis Northwest is conveniently lo- cated just 15 minutes outside of downtown Minneapolis. The area comprises three cities: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove. Hotel rooms: 2,000+ Major facilities: Maple Grove Commu- nity Gymnasium consists of 12 basket- ball courts. Zane Sports Park offers four baseball fields, four softball fields and nine soccer fields. Noble Sports Park has one baseball field, four softball fields and six soccer fields. Rush Creek Golf Club and Edinburgh USA are 18-hole championship golf courses. Contact: Minneapolis Northwest Tour- ism, www.minneapolisnorthwest.com. Rochester Rochester, in southeast Minnesota, offers big-city amenities with a small-town feel. Sports such as wrestling, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer and hockey are frequently hosted here. Hotel rooms: 5,873 Hotel tax rate: 14.1 percent Major facilities: The National Volley- ball Center features 11 courts and can also accommodate basketball and wrestling. UCR Regional Sports Center boasts 44,000 square feet of usable space and hosts vol- leyball, basketball and wrestling. Rochester Regional Stadium and Bubble contains one full-size field and hosts football, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Graham Arena Com- plex contains four large hockey arenas. Rochester Rec Center has one Olym- pic-size pool and two ice rinks. McQuillan Sports Complex has seven lighted softball fields. Fuad Mansour Soccer Complex offers eight full-size natural-grass soccer fields. Contact: Rochester Amateur Sports Commission, www.rochsports.com. St. Cloud St. Cloud is located between lakes and river bluffs in the central part of the state. The city offers numerous venues, includ- ing the Municipal Athletic Complex and Whitney Recreation Center. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Hotel tax rate: 12.375 percent Major facilities: The Municipal Athletic Complex features two ice arenas and two baseball fields. Whitney Recreation Center features indoor gym space for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, as well as soccer fields, baseball fields and softball fields. Pineview Park BMX is an outdoor BMX racing facility. Contact: Greater St. Cloud Area CVB, www.granitecountry.com. n M I N N E S O T A t Mountain Biking in Duluth

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