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FEB 2017

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February 2017 42 www.sportseventsmagazine.com features six indoor courts. Contact: Bloomington-Normal Area CVB, visitbn.org Champaign County Champaign County is centrally located in the state and is at the crossroads of three major interstates. The area is a frequent host of sports such as marathons, football, wrestling, soccer, volleyball and hockey. Hotel rooms: 4,000 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: Memorial Stadium is a 70,000-seat football stadium. The recently renovated State Farm Center is an indoor multipurpose venue. The Activities and Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Illinois offers courts for sports such as basketball and volleyball, plus two 50-meter pools. Dodds Park has 12 soccer fields and seven lighted baseball/ softball fields. Atkins Tennis Center & Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex features eight championship courts, an indoor facility with six courts, and 12 lighted and newly refinished courts. Contact: Visit Champaign County, visitchampaigncounty.org See Ad On Page 46 Chicago Northwest Chicago Northwest is an area on the north- west edge of Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The area has all of the benefits of a big city but in a more relaxed setting. Hotel rooms: 10,000+ Hotel tax rate: ranges from 11 to 14 percent Major facility: Olympic Park is a 72-acre site with turf soccer fields, natural-grass soccer fields, softball fields, basketball courts and a skate plaza. Convention center: Schaumburg Con- vention Center offers 100,000 square feet of space. Contact: Meet Chicago Northwest, ChicagoNorthwest.com See Ad On Page 47 Chicago Southland Chicago Southland is just minutes from downtown Chicago. The area offers con- venient transportation options, a variety of hotel options and all sorts of entertainment opportunities. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: The Matteson Commu- nity Center is a 73,000-square-foot facility that includes two indoor basketball courts, two youth baseball diamonds, one soccer field and a football field. Memorial Park Field is a six-field complex. Southland Center offers up to 100,000 square feet of indoor space plus outdoor baseball fields. Standard Bank Stadium boasts a seating capacity of more than 3,000 and a brand- new multi-use synthetic turf field. Toyota Park is a 469,000-square-foot venue with 20,000 seats and a regulation-size soccer field. Contact: Chicago Southland CVB, playchicagosouthland.com See Ad On Page 43 Danville Danville is a diverse destination in eastern Illinois. In fact, the city has more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in more than 15,000 acres of public parklands. Hotel rooms: 568 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Palmer Arena has a capacity of 2,350. The Winter Park Soccer Complex houses multiple fields. The Dan- ville Tennis Center consists of four indoor courts and six outdoor courts. Contact: Danville Area CVB, danvilleareainfo.com Decatur In the heart of the state lies Decatur. Deca- tur and nearby town Forsyth offer many ac- commodation options, easily accessibility I L L I N O I S t "There's No Crying In Baseball!" Rockford is home to the Rockford Peaches, a women's professional baseball team who played from 1943 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The movie "A League of Their Own" represents their legacy. n DON'T MISS: Photo courtesy of Rockford Area CVB CHICAGO SOUTHLAND Just a short jaunt from downtown Chicago, the com- munities of Chicago Southland have a variety of venues for indoor and outdoor events, like the US Logrolling Open that Orland Park hosted in 2016.

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