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SEP 2017

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September 2017 54 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Jackson Situated in southwest Mississippi, Jackson offers everything needed for hosting a successful event, including more than 300 restaurants. Hotel rooms: 4,300 Major facilities: Veterans Memorial Stadium hosts football and has a seating capacity of 60,492. Mississippi Basketball Association offers 55,000 square feet of space with five full-length basketball courts that can be divided up into 10 practice basketball courts and four volleyball courts. Jackson Futbol Club offers 11 soccer fields. Parham Bridges Tennis Center boasts 15 lighted plexipare courts. Legion Complex has six lighted softball fields and two lighted baseball fields. Convention center: The Jackson Convention Complex offers over 330,000 square feet of space and hosts all sorts of indoor sports, including volleyball, gymnas- tics, martial arts, roller derby and cheering. Contact: Jackson CVB, www.visit jackson.com See Ad On Page 53 Oxford Oxford is home to Mississippi's flagship public college, the University of Mississippi. A star facility in Oxford is FNC Park. Hotel rooms: 1,082 Major facilities: FNC Park features five international-size lighted soccer fields, 10 lighted baseball fields in vary- ing sizes and four softball fields. John Leslie Courts includes 20 lighted hard courts. Avent Park houses four lighted hard courts. Contact: Visit Oxford, www.visit oxfordms.com Ridgeland Outdoor sports and recreational oppor- tunities abound in Ridgeland with its convenient location on the Natchez Trace Parkway and along the north shore banks of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Visitors can enjoy natural beauty, attractions and state-of-the-art sports facilities. Hotel rooms: 1,600 Major facilities: Freedom Ridge Park is a 50-acre facility with four lighted baseball/softball fields and four lighted soccer fields. Hite Wolcott Park is a 40- acre facility with seven lighted baseball/ softball fields. Ridgeland Tennis Center houses 17 lighted hard tennis courts. Barnett Reservoir boasts 33,000 acres of surface area and 105 miles of shoreline. Contact: Ridgeland Tourism Commis- sion, www.visitridgeland.com Tunica Once known for casino gaming, Tunica has evolved into one of the top leisure and recreational group destinations in the Southeast. The city's eight casino properties offer upscale accommoda- tions, numerous dining options and flexible event facilities. In addition, Tunica offers dedicated venues for swimming and diving, equestrian events and indoor tennis. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: Tunica Aquatic Cen- ter features an eight-lane, Olympic-size pool and diving platforms. The Aquatic Center at the G.W. Henderson, Sr., Recre- M I S S I S S I P P I t JACKSON: Connect to the birthplace of American music like never before at The Westin Jackson. This hotel offers nine floors with 203 luxurious rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and all of Westin's signature services and amenities. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Jackson, The Westin Jackson is within walking distance of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Federal Courthouse, Planetarium and Thalia Mara Hall, the historic music and arts theatre. Just a block away is the Jackson Convention Complex, which features more than 330,000 square feet of flexible space. n MUST SEE: Gateway To The Blues The Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center & Museum is the first place many people see when they arrive in Tunica. Located on Highway 61, the museum is situated in a rustic train depot, circa 1895, and is a must-see attraction for music lovers to learn all about how the blues were born. n Photo courtesy of Tunica CVB

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