SportsEvents Magazine

JUL 2018

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T E X A S t July 2018 40 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Abilene Abilene is in the center of Texas. This fall Abilene will open a new facility, the Youth Sports Complex. The facility will boast 55,500 square feet of space and house four regulation-size basketball courts and eight regulation-size volleyball courts. Hotel rooms: 3,600 Major facilities: Wylie High School Bulldog Stadium seats 8,200. Hardin-Sim- mons University Shelton Stadium seats 4,000. Shotwell Stadium seats 15,000. Lake Kirby Complex offers four softball and four baseball fields. Walt Driggers Field at McMurry University is an 800-seat ballpark and the university features six tennis courts. Contact: Abilene CVB, www.abilenevisitors.com See Ad On Page 41 Allen Allen has spectacular facilities and venues, including an arena that seats more than 7,000, two ice rinks and a 37,915-square- foot outdoor skate park. Hotel rooms: 1,235 Major facilities: Allen Event Center houses 7,000 seats. Allen Station Park hosts softball. Spirit Park includes a light- ed adult softball complex and multi-use fields. Eagle Stadium, for football, has a seating capacity of 18,000. Convention center: Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center offers 90,000 square feet of space with a ceiling height of 32 feet. Contact: Allen CVB, www.visitallentexas.com Amarillo Amarillo is located along the iconic Route 66 and is the largest city in the Texas Panhandle. Hotel rooms: 6,200 Major facilities: The Amarillo National Center, a multipurpose facility, has 5,000 seats. The Amarillo Civic Center is a multi- purpose facility that can host hockey, arena football, basketball, wrestling and more. Contact: Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council, www.visitamarillo.com Arlington Arlington has hosted major sporting events such as Super Bowl XLV, College Football Playoff National Championship, back- to-back World Series, NCAA Final Four, Texas may be large and varied with its many geographic regions but one thing is consistent: the state knows sports. From Dallas to Denton, Waco to Waxahachie, there are athletic venues large and small for events of all kinds. "Arlington features the highest capacity of any NFL stadium, Austin annually hosts the only U.S. Formula 1 event and the state in general hosts eight college bowl games," noted Travel Texas. "The Lone Star State takes sports very seriously." n TPC Four Seasons Championshop Golf Tournament in Irving ► SPOTLIGHT ON: TEXAS TEX AS Irving CVB River Walk The San Antonio River Walk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, pro- viding millions of visitors each year with easy access to the city's cultural hot spots, historic sites, restaurants, shops and other attractions. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy Visit San Antonio

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