SportsEvents Magazine

JUL 2018

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July 2018 30 www.sportseventsmagazine.com M I C H I G A N t Union Event Center is a multipurpose ven- ue that seats up to 6,400. Atwood Stadium is an 11,000-seat venue that's used mostly for football, lacrosse and soccer. Contact: Flint/Genesee County CVB, www.flintandgenesee.org Great Lakes Bay Region With top-notch sports facilities, includ- ing an 80-acre soccer complex and 25,000-square-foot arena, central Michi- gan's Great Lakes Bay Region is an ideal spot for a tournament. The region includes the cities of Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, Birch Run, Chesaning and Frankenmuth. Hotel rooms: 5,500 Major facilities: Midland Softball Fields comprises diamonds located at Emerson Park, Optimist Park and Redcoats Com- plex, boasting 17 total fields. The Greater Midland Tennis Center features 16 indoor courts and 16 outdoor courts. The Saginaw Township Soccer Complex has 22 fields in one location. The Dow Event Center houses a 5,900-seat arena. The Frankenmuth Credit Union Event Center – formerly the Birch Run Expo Center – offers more than 100,000 square feet of column-free space for indoor events and more than 30 acres of property for outdoor activities. Contact: Visit Great Lakes Bay, www.gogreat.com Holland Holland is situated in the southwest section of the state. The unique community offers sandy beaches, a historic downtown, Dutch attractions and athletic venues for indoor and outdoor sports. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Major facilities: The Holland Aquatic Center features two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards, and an eight- lane 50-meter pool. The Matt Urban Sports Complex features four softball fields, a soccer field, two basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts, all lighted. Helder Park is a 98-acre park with two slow-pitch softball diamonds, three full-size soccer fields, two medium-size soccer fields, three small soccer fields, four tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court and two beach vol- leyball courts. Jim Kaat Baseball Park has three Little League baseball fields. Quincy Park Little League/Soccer Complex houses four Little League fields, one full-size diamond, two full-size soccer fields and multiple small and medium fields. Griff's IceHouse West – formerly The Edge Ice Arena – has one NHL-size sheet of ice and one Olympic-size sheet of ice. Contact: Holland Area Visitors Bureau, www.holland.org Kalamazoo Kalamazoo is home to many athletics facil- ities, including those at Western Michigan University (WMU) and Kalamazoo Col- lege. Most unique to Kalamazoo is Stowe Stadium, an iconic tennis complex with 11 courts and seating for more than 3,000 spectators. Hotel rooms: 3,000 Major facilities: WMU offers facili- ties with tennis courts, basketball courts, multipurpose fields and softball fields. Kalamazoo College offers facilities for soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis. Wings Event Center has three sheets of ice. Wings West has two sheets of ice. River Oaks County Park is a 20-field soccer complex. Kalamazoo Soccer Complex fea- tures 10 fields. Portage Soccer Complex has nine soccer fields. Mayors Riverfront Park features a 4,200-seat baseball field. VerSluis /Dickinson Softball Complex houses 14 diamonds. Contact: Discover Kalamazoo, www.discoverkalamazoo.com Lansing Lansing offers first-rate sports venues, con- venient lodging, and dining and entertain- ment options for sports groups of all ages. The city is also centrally located in the state and within a 90-minute drive of most of the state's major metro areas. Hotel rooms: 4,300 Major facilities: The Summit Sports and Ice Complex is a 177,000-square-foot fa- cility housing two ice rinks, five basketball courts and two indoor turf fields that can host sports such as lacrosse, soccer and flag football. Hope Sports Complex consists of seven fields that can host soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, football, Ultimate Frisbee and more. Suburban Ice East Lansing houses two sheets of ice. Convention center: The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing has more than 175,000 square feet of space, including nearly 72,000 square feet of column-free exhibit halls. The center has welcomed events such as Dead Frog FaR Out Volley- ball, The Grand River Rumble, and dance and cheer competitions. Contact: Greater Lansing Sports Authority, www.lansingsports.org See Ad On Page 31 Mt. Pleasant Mt. Pleasant is conveniently located in the center of Michigan, making it easily acces- sible for sports teams and organizations all over the state. The city provides facilities for up to 16 sports. Hotel rooms: 1,700 Major facilities: Morey Courts Traverse City Marathon Traverse City Tourism

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