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JUL 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com July 2018 29 Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, in southeast Michigan, is a 20-minute drive from Detroit Metro Air- port. Home to the University of Michigan (U of M) and Eastern Michigan University (EMU), the area has a number of indoor and outdoor facilities for most any sport, from The Big House at U of M with its 107,601 seats to the 12,707-seat Crisler Center. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: The EMU Convocation Center is a multipurpose venue that hosts basketball, volleyball, wrestling, cheer- leading and more. Ann Arbor is the perfect location to host a hockey tournament as three hockey arenas are within 15 minutes of each other: Arctic Coliseum with two ice rinks, Ann Arbor Ice Cube with three rinks and Yost Arena, home to the U of M Wolverines. Contact: Ann Arbor Sports Commission, www.visitannarbor.org Detroit Detroit is a complete-package destination that can make any sporting event a success. The region has seen a significant uptick in the number of new signature sports and entertainment destinations dotting the landscape. Hotel rooms: 36,000 Major facilities: Little Caesars Arena is a multipurpose venue. Ford Field is a 65,000-seat football stadium. Comer- ica Park is a 41,782-seat baseball field. The MAC Mack Athletic Complex is a 40,000-square-foot sports performance and team training center that includes three batting cages, DMC Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and the Institute of Neuro- muscular Medicine. Convention center: Cobo Center is a 2.4 million-square-foot convention center with five exhibit halls. The venue has host- ed major events such as the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the USA Volleyball Open National Championships and the USA Fencing October North American Cup. Contact: Detroit Sports Commission, www.detroitsports.org Flint In Genesee County, just northwest of De- troit is Flint. The region has a rich athletic tradition: the area offers roughly 24 sports venues. The $2 million PGA TOUR Cham- pions and Ally Financial Inc. will hold the Ally Challenge in September at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc in the Flint area. Hotel rooms: 2,200 Major facilities: Dort Federal Credit ► In Michigan, creativity is king. If you can imagine it, The Great Lakes State can host it. "With a diverse array of cities, lakes, mountains, facilities and four spectacular sea- sons, there isn't a sport we can't accommodate," said Mike Price, executive director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. "Where else can you luge, play beach vol- leyball, ski jump, paddleboard – Did I mention our lakes are salt- and shark-free? – or utilize the hundreds of flexible facilities across the state to host a more traditional event?" ◄ USA Cycling National Championships in Grand Rapids SPOTLIGHT ON: MICHIGAN MICHIGAN Presidential Museum & Burial Site West Michigan is home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum and The Gerald R. Ford & Betty B. Ford Burial Site, which is on the grounds of the muse- um. The museum's library holds millions of pages of documents, thousands of photos and all sorts of videos from President Ford's time in the White House. n MUST SEE: GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY

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