SportsEvents Magazine

FEB 2017

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February 2017 56 T E N N E S S E E t Nashville Tennessee's Music City is a prime destina- tion thanks to its unique downtown attrac- tions and world-class sports venues. Hotel rooms: 26,000 Major facilities: Nissan Stadium is a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air football stadium with 69,143 seats. Bridgestone Arena is a 1 million-square-foot multipurpose arena with four levels of seating. First Tennessee Park is a 10,000-seat baseball facility. Ford Ice Center is a 90,000-square-foot facility with two NHL-size ice rinks. Centennial Sports- plex houses an indoor aquatic center with an Olympic-size 50-meter pool and a recreation- al pool, a tennis complex with 16 lighted outdoor courts and a 2,600-seat stadium. Contact: Nashville CVB, visitmusic Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge is a tourism town with lots of attractions, making it an appealing destina- tion for hosting an event. Pre- or post-event attendees can enjoy visits to spots such as Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hotel rooms: 15,000+ Hotel tax rate: 12.25 percent Major facilities: The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge is a $22.5 million city-owned facility with six lighted synthetic-turf fields and a two-level, 14,000-square-foot Clubhouse. Wear Farm City Park is a multi- use facility that features five natural-grass baseball/softball diamonds, a football field and a multipurpose field. Major nearby facility: Located nearby in Gatlinburg is Rocky Top Sports World, an 80-acre state-of-the-art sports campus. The complex offers indoor and outdoor facilities, including six synthetic-turf fields, one natural-surface field and a champion- ship field for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football and ultimate Frisbee. Contact: Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, Rutherford County In the heart of the state is Rutherford County. The county offers first-rate facil- ities such as Adams Tennis Complex and Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Hotel rooms: 4,200 KINGSPORT The Mud, Sweat and Cheers Mud Run in Kingsport is one of many sporting events that make it unique.

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