SportsEvents Magazine

FEB 2017

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► February 2017 22 t SPECIAL Feature said Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Group Sales Linda McMahon. "And for good reason. The beach's high energy and positive vibe are perfect for cheer and dance teams prac- ticing routines; a morning stretch and run; or a football team enjoying a victory dip after winning a national title." Daytona Beach offers visitors a lot of recreational opportunities, including its 23 miles of beaches and the historic Daytona Beach Bandshell, a prime music venue lo- cated in Oceanfront Park on the north end of the Boardwalk amusement area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Richard Petty Driv- ing Experience provides the opportunity to take a lap around the world-famous 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. A guided Speedway tour includes the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Daytona Beach's new trampoline parks, Sky Zone Trampoli- ne Park and Hangar15 Extreme Air Sports, are great fun. And there are more than 20 golf courses in the area, including two at LPGA International. Daytona Beach has the sports venues to bring in the competition. Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, also known as Larry Kelly Field, is a 10,000-seat stadium. Ocean Center boasts more than 190,000 square feet of event space, much of it suitable for ath- letic competition. And the Daytona Beach Bandshell has hosted the National Dance Association's National Championship and Daytona Beach International Championship, as well as National Cheerleading Associa- tion competitions. LONG ISLAND, NY Long Island has quite a collection of sports events facilities, including an array of indoor and outdoor facilities on the island's numerous collegiate campuses: Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, Long Island University, Adelphi University, two campuses of the State Uni- versity of New York, Saint Joseph's College, Suffolk Community College and Nassau Community College. It's also home to the youth-oriented Island Garden Basketball facility, the state-of-the-art Nassau County Aquatic Center, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum & Exhibition Center, Mitchel Athletic Complex and Bethpage Ballpark. "If you're planning to come to Long Island, New York, for a sporting event, please make sure you visit our award-win- ning beaches, over 60 vineyards, and world-famous restaurants," said Jennifer Rothman, sports development manager for Discover Long Island. "Long Island has plenty of attractions that are family friendly and two Tanger shopping outlets." One of Long Island's most impressive attractions is Montauk Point State Park on the eastern tip of the South Shore of Long Island. The park features nature trails to hike or cross-country ski and dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Block Island Sound on the rocky shoreline, home to Montauk Lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington. For pure fun, try go-kart racing at Pole Position Raceway or another of Long Island's kart racing operations. PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL Panama City Beach has 27 miles of beautiful beaches and all the related beach fun, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, surfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, paddleboarding and more. There are plenty of boating and fishing opportunities, of course. Aerial Adventures provides zipline fun along with a rope obstacle course and the city ha s water parks. PCB has two state parks with trails and exceptional natural assets, along with the Panama City Beach Conservation Park. Eco-adventures through the area's backwaters and marshes are exciting. And then there's Pier Park Panama City Beach, essentially a 900,000-square-foot shopping center and entertainment hub right in the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Daytona Beach, FL Daytona Beach Area CVB Pole Position Raceway in Long Island, NY Discover Long Island READER'S PICK! READER'S PICK!

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