SportsEvents Magazine

JUL 2018

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t July 2018 32 Bloomington As home to Big Ten powerhouse Indiana University (IU), Bloomington has a number of sports venues and offers young ath- letes the opportunity to visit a big college campus. All sorts of events are hosted in Bloomington, including ASA/USA Softball National Tournaments, USA Water Polo Championships and AAU Basketball. Hotel rooms: 2,300 Major facilities: Karst Farm Park is a 12-field multipurpose complex. Bill Armstrong Stadium at IU is a natural-grass soccer facility. Frank Southern Ice Arena is an indoor ice skating facility. Harry Glad- stein Fieldhouse at IU hosts indoor track and field. Contact: Hoosier Sports Corporation / Visit Bloomington, Columbus Columbus is located in south-central Indiana. The city offers excellent facilities, a great volunteer base and is not too far from three major Midwest metro areas: Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Major facilities: Blackwell Park accom- modates soccer, rugby, lacrosse and other outdoor sports. CERA Softball/Baseball Complex includes nine diamonds. Charles "Chick" Newell Natatorium features an eight-lane, 25-meter indoor pool and diving well. Clifty Park has 10 baseball diamonds and four fast-pitch fields. Contact: Columbus Area Visitors Center, Dubois County Dubois County offers top-notch sporting facilities and hosts several well-known youth and amateur tournaments throughout the Midwest all year-round. The county also hosts several IHSAA regional tournaments, as it has some of the best sporting facilities in the region and statewide. Hotel rooms: 579; will increase to 659 in 2019 Major facilities: Jasper Youth Sports Complex includes four Little League fields, Sports traditions run deep in Indiana. The Hoosier State has hosted hundreds of major national, international and world champi- onships over the years, along with all sorts of youth sports. And the Midwestern state has successfully done so thanks to one invaluable resource: dedicated volunteers who cater to the needs of partici- pants and fans. "Our warm people and welcoming places are what set us apart," said Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. "Everywhere you go in Indiana, you'll encounter a unique brand of hospitality that we proudly call Hoosier Hospitality." n ◄ BMX Racing in Evansville SPOTLIGHT ON: INDIANA Oasis Diner The Oasis Diner is an authentic 1954 diner that provides a unique dining experience and it's within walking distance of the Al & Jan Barker Athletic Complex in Hendricks County. Situated on the Historic National Road, the diner was saved from impending destruction, moved and incorporated into a revitalization of Plainfield's historic down- town Main Street. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy Visit Hendricks County

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