SportsEvents Magazine

FEB 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com February 2017 47 I L L I N O I S t foot exhibition hall. Sportsplex is a 62,000-square-foot venue with two indoor turf fields. Lamplight Equestrian Center has one Grand Prix Arena, seven competi- tion rings and stabling for 1,200 horses. Convention center: Pheasant Run Resort's Mega Center is a 38,000-square- foot facility that attracts many wrestling, karate and gymnastics events. Contact: Greater St. Charles CVB, visitstcharles.com Springfield Visitors to Springfield, the state capital, can choose from dozens of excellent facilities for soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf and more. The hometown of Abraham Lincoln offers nine lush golf courses, indoor and outdoor soccer fields, turf and grass baseball and softball fields, an ice arena, six acres of floor space at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and more than 60,000 square feet of space at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Hotel rooms: 4,000 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: The Springfield Area Soccer Association Soccer Complex offers 22 soccer fields. Land of Lincoln Junior Olympic Softball consists of seven lighted softball fields. Spartan Sport Park includes one lighted soccer field, one football field, three lighted sand volley- ball courts and six baseball/softball fields. Nelson Center is a 2,100-seat multipur- pose ice arena with two indoor NHL-size rinks. Robin Roberts Stadium is a 5,200- seat baseball stadium. The 72,000-square- foot Recreation and Athletic Center at the University of Illinois Springfield accommodates three basketball or volley- ball courts. Contact: Springfield CVB, visit springfieldillinois.com n How's The Weather Up There? The world's tallest man, Robert Wadlow, was born and raised in Alton, Ill. Robert stood at 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall and is still considered the tallest man in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. A full-size statue of Robert stands in Upper Alton in memory of the man who is known as Alton's Gentle Giant. He passed away in 1940 at the age of 22. n WHAT TO SEE:

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