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August 2017 62 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Flagstaff In northern Arizona is Flagstaff. The city is within driving distance to many attractions, such as Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park and six national monuments. Hotel rooms: 5,347 Hotel tax rate: 10.951 percent Major facilities: Northern Arizona State University offers facilities for foot- ball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball, swimming, track and more. Thorpe Park has four adult softball fields, three youth baseball fields and two soccer fields. Mark Grace Field has one youth baseball field. Continental Park consists of five youth baseball/softball fields. Foxglenn Park features one adult baseball field, one adult softball field and two soccer fields. Adrian Garcia Sr. Field has one youth softball field. Joe Garagiola Little League Field has one youth baseball field. Contact: Flagstaff CVB, www.flagstaffarizona.org Glendale Glendale is located just north of downtown Phoenix. For pee-wee sports to profession- al, the suburb offers top-notch venues such as the University of Phoenix Stadium. Hotel rooms: 1,605 Hotel tax rate: 15.17 percent Major facilities: University of Phoenix Stadium is a multipurpose football stadium with a capacity of 63,400. Gila River Arena is a multipurpose venue with a seating capacity of more than 17,000. Camelback Ranch is a baseball facility with a seating capacity of 13,000. Heroes Park is an 81- acre park with an X-Court, archery range, two basketball courts and volleyball courts. Sahuaro Ranch Park offers soccer/football fields and a four-field softball complex. Contact: Visit Glendale, www.visit glendale.com Lake Havasu City Lake Havasu City is centrally located be- tween Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Arizona has hosted three of the nation's biggest sport events—the Super Bowl, the college football championship and the NCAA Final Four—for three consecutive years and it's no surprise so many are choosing this Southwestern state. From its natural beauty and ideal climate to its state-of-the-art venues and unique attractions, the Grand Canyon State has a lot to offer. "The reason Arizona is a popular host for such mega events are many," said Debbie Johnson, executive director for the Arizona Office of Tourism. "It starts with the fan experience. Arizona is famous for beautiful, sunny weather, which makes it easy for fans to enjoy outdoor activities and gives organizers peace of mind when planning those activities. The area also has a full spectrum of hotels and resorts, as well as a wealth of dining, nightlife and family-friendly attractions. n ◄ Marathon in Lake Havasu SITE SELECTION GUIDE: ARIZONA MUST SEE: A Place To Play Visitors are raving about Mesa's newest play place, Riverview Park. In 2015, USA Today Travel featured the brand-new, $8 million outdoor park as one of the coun- try's "10 Best." The park's biggest attrac- tion is the world's tallest rope-climbing tower that stretches 50 feet into the air. A 75-foot zip line and oversized splash pad complete the park's playground amenities. Riverview Park's signature feature is the five-acre urban lake bordered by a pavil- ion for events. n ARIZONA Photo courtesy of Visit Mesa Lake Havasu CVB

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