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AUG 2018

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t August 2018 50 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Alpharetta With its well-manicured, multipurpose facilities and numerous entertainment opportunities for the family and teams, Alpharetta has the perfect mix of sports play and fun. Alpharetta has everything a sports organizer requires for a week-long or weekend tournament, with access to more than 200 fields and facilities, 300 things to do in the area, more than 175 dining options, 750 acres of parkland, and 25 hotels, from affordable to upscale. Hotel rooms: 3,215 Hotel tax rate: 15.75 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: North Park has seven lighted tennis courts, two multipurpose synthetic-turf fields and eight lighted softball fields. The Cooler features two ice arenas and one roller arena, all of which can also be used for basketball and volleyball. Wills Park offers seven grass baseball fields, one synthetic-turf baseball field and two T-ball fields, as well as a 10-lane competition pool, a disc golf course and six lighted tennis courts. Windward Lake Club houses 30 tennis courts. Convention center: The newly opened Alpharetta Conference Center offers 44,000 square feet of flexible event space. Contact: Alpharetta CVB, www.awesomealpharetta.com Alpine Helen Alpine Helen is Georgia's outdoor ad- venture destination, a designation the city received from the State House and Senate in 2015. In addition, Alpine Helen is the state's third-most-visited city. Hotel rooms: 1,300 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: The city offers miles of mountain bike trails and hiking trails, as well as golf courses. Contact: Alpine Helen/White County Georgia CVB, www.helenga.org Georgia has long been home to a wide variety of sports, from pro- fessional and college to amateur and youth. This year, Georgia is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta, which is just another reminder that The Peach State is a hospitable destina- tion for any type of sporting event. "The mild climate in Georgia allows sport enthusiasts to attend and participate in sporting events year- round," said Emily Murray, senior communication specialist for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Pair that with our world-class destinations, attrac- tions, facilities and restaurants, and visitors have plenty to enjoy before and after the buzzer sounds." n Baseball in Valdosta ► SPOTLIGHT ON: GEORGIA Historic Railroad Tunnel Dalton's Historic Railroad Tunnel was built in 1848. The unique tunnel was built by Irish immigrants to create a passage through the Chetoogeta Mountain, and it has been the location of several Civil War battles and skirmishes, including the famous Great Locomotive Chase. n MUST SEE: Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

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