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FEB 2017

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Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at www.sportseventsmagazine.com t www.sportseventsmagazine.com February 2017 41 Aurora The Aurora area is the second-largest metro area in Illinois and is located less than an hour from Chicago. The area is home to a number of family-friendly at- tractions, from the state's largest waterpark to premier shopping centers. Hotel rooms: 1,288 Hotel tax rate: 9 percent Major facilities: Newly expanded on more than 300 acres, Stuart Sports Complex features 32 full-size soccer fields and eight lighted baseball/softball fields. Rich Harvest Farms is an 18-hole championship golf course. Great Lakes Volleyball Center is an 85,000-square- foot volleyball center. Contact: Aurora Area CVB, enjoyaurora.com See Ad On Page 45 Bloomington Bloomington sits at the junction of three interstates, centrally located in the heart of Illinois between Chicago and St. Louis. The area offers a key location, first-class facilities and big-city excitement mixed with small-town rural charm. Hotel rooms: 3,000 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: The Coliseum has more than 18,000 square feet of space and seating for 8,000. Champion Fields has 10 lighted softball fields. The Corn Crib is a multipurpose stadium with a capacity of 7,000. Illinois State Univer- sity's Redbird Arena has a capacity of 10,200. The Shirk Center at Illinois Wes- leyan University offers seven basketball/ volleyball courts and a six-lane track. The new Bloomington Tennis Center ► From Chicago to Peoria, Springfield to Carbondale, Illinois offers an eclectic mix of destinations, history, venues and landscapes. It's why the Land of Lincoln is sought out again and again for sporting events large and small. "Illinois has an amazing combination of world-class venues in a cen- tral Midwestern location," said Cory Jobe, Illinois state travel director. "That, combined with unmatched hospitality, makes for an unforgettable experience on and off the field, before, during and after any event." n Equestrian in St. Charles ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: ILLINOIS Reindeer Games Have a one-of-a-kind experience at Hardy's Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul. In addition to seeing Santa's reindeer, visi- tors can take their time finding their way through the six-acre Cornfusion maze and finish up at the western style ban- quet facility for a BBQ or outdoor weenie roast. n WHAT TO SEE: Mike Frankowski

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