SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2018

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t March 2018 55 Anaheim Anaheim is centrally located in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city is home to the largest con- vention center on the West Coast. Hotel rooms: 21,455 Major facilities: Honda Center is an 18,336-seat multipurpose indoor arena. Angel Stadium is a 45,050-seat ballpark. American Sports Centers – Anaheim is the largest indoor court facility in the world, featuring 34 volleyball courts that convert into 25 basketball courts. Convention center: The Anaheim Con- vention Center is the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast and spans 53 acres, offering 1.8 million square feet of function space. Contact: Visit Anaheim, www.visit Bakersfield Bakersfield is near the population center point of California, so 90 percent of the state's attendees are within a four-hour drive of the city. The city frequently hosts all types of sporting events, including softball, BMX, wrestling and baseball tournaments. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Major facilities: Kern County Soccer Park is the largest facility with lighted fields in the San Joaquin Valley and has 24 regulation-size fields. Aera Park includes 11 lighted fields. Mesa Marin Softball Complex has four lighted softball fields. Convention center: Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center seats 10,000 and can accommodate almost any type of athletic event. It's also adjacent to the 259-room Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. Contact: Bakersfield CVB, www.visit Camarillo Camarillo is in Ventura County in South- ern California. Camarillo offers a variety of facilities and options for groups. This mid-sized city situated between Malibu and Ventura enjoys a mild climate and offers numerous recreational activities from near- by beaches or mountains. Hotels: 11 properties Major facilities: Pleasant Valley Fields has 12 FIFA-size soccer fields and three lighted softball fields. Freedom Park offers five baseball fields and two open- space fields. Bob Kildee Community Park includes nine baseball fields. Mission Oaks Park has three lighted softball fields. Contact: Visit Camarillo, www.visit ► California's incredible abun- dance provides a plethora of opportunities to be out- doors and active. Beautiful beaches, year-round sun- shine and varied terrain are what this state is all about, from the northern Shasta Cascade to the southern deserts. From surfing to sail- ing to cycling to skiing, The Golden State is a standout for any sporting event. n A swim meet at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center ► SPOTLIGHT ON: CALIFORNIA MUST SEE: Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is home to the world-fa- mous Santa Monica Pier. Perched over the Pacific, the 108-year-old Pier, fea- turing the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel and the century-old Looff Hippodrome, attracts more than 7 million visitors each year, each reveling in West Coast nostalgia. n CALIFORNIA Photo courtesy of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

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