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JUL 2018

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July 2018 56 T E X A S t sports programs and tremendous facilities. Hotel rooms: 3,000 Major facilities: Mike Carter Field is a 4,000-seat ballpark. Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium hosts football, soccer, and track and field. JoAnn Murphy Medlock Tennis Center features eight lighted courts. UT/Tyler Softball Complex seats 750. UT/Tyler Irwin Baseball Field seats 1,000. Faulkner Park hosts baseball, softball and tennis. The Cascades of Texas has eight lighted tennis courts and two in- door courts. Pat Hartley Fields features one turf field and one grass field. Lindsey Park boasts 15 soccer fields. Contact: SPORTyler, Victoria Located within a two-hour drive from Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Victo- ria offers historic, small-town charm with the amenities of a big city. Lodging and restaurants are within close proximity to all facilities. Hotel rooms: 1,901 Major facilities: The Victoria Youth Sports Complex is composed of 12 fields, seven baseball fields and five softball fields, as well as four tennis courts and a skate park. The Victoria Aquatics Center offers a 16-lane indoor pool with two Olympic-size diving boards. Riverside Stadium boasts 1,200 seats in a unique setting alongside the Guadalupe River. Riverside Golf Course offers some of the best golf in the region on its 18-hole course. Contact: Explore Victoria, Waco Waco is centrally located within the state of Texas. Waco hosts sporting events year- round due to its warm climate. Hotel rooms: 4,000 Major facilities: Extraco Events Center is a multipurpose venue. Ferrell Center at Baylor University is a basketball facility that also hosts volleyball. Cameron Park accommodates running events. The Brazos River is the longest river in Texas at 840 miles long and winds through Waco. Convention center: The Waco Con- vention Center in downtown Waco offers 144,000 total square feet of space. Contact: Greater Waco Sports Commission, Waxahachie Only 30 minutes south of Dallas, the city of Waxahachie features the Historic Down- town District built on the famed Shawnee Trail. The downtown district offers unique shops, galleries and restaurants. Hotel rooms: 538 Major facilities: Waxahachie Civic Center is a 60,000-square-foot facility that's equipped to host a wide variety of events. Waxahachie Sports Complex is a 100-acre complex featuring fields for baseball, foot- ball, soccer and softball. Optimist Fields includes five baseball fields. Contact: Waxahachie CVB, See Ad On Pages 55 Wichita Falls Wichita Falls is conveniently located between Dallas/Fort Worth and Oklahoma City with daily connecting flights into the recently renovated Wichita Falls Regional Airport. Hotel rooms: 1,900 Major facilities: The Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association Complex boasts 23 fields. Hamilton Park Tennis Center houses 12 courts. Weeks Park Tennis Center has nine courts. Wichita Falls Sports Complex has eight softball fields and eight baseball fields. Contact: Wichita Falls CVB, The Woodlands The Woodlands is a master-planned com- munity near Houston in eastern Texas. The city is home to multiple facilities that are capable of hosting events year-round. Hotel rooms: 2,251 Major facilities: Bear Branch Sports- fields consists of soccer fields and a disc golf course. Bear Branch Park has tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts and a pool. Alden Bridge Sports Park has all-weather turf fields and soccer fields. Convention center: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center encompasses 70,000 square feet of meeting space. Contact: The Woodlands CVB, n SOUTHERN ZONE AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MIDLAND The 2018 Southern Zone Age Group Championship will be held in Midland at COM Aquatics July 30 - August 4. This meet will have top-level athletes, coaches and officials from the Southern Zone of the United States (North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, West Virginia and Mississippi. This event is projected to bring in $1,511,087 in direct visitor spending to the Midland economy. n James Durbin

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