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www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2018 51 Athens Athens is a vibrant college town known for its creative energy. The city hosts all sorts of events, including AthHalf Half Marathon, Chick-Fil-A Connect Half Marathon and USA Gymnastics National Gymnastics Challenge. Hotel rooms: 1,700 downtown Hotel tax rate: 15 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: Stegeman Coliseum is a 10,523-seat multipurpose indoor arena at the University of Georgia where the Ramsey Student Center houses eight bas- ketball courts, nine volleyball courts and a 50-meter competition pool, and Atkins Ford Arena at The Classic Center pro- vides 55,000 square feet of space. Holland Youth Sports Complex has five baseball fields, one softball field and four soccer fields. Athens-Clarke County Tennis Center features 12 courts. Bishop Park has a baseball field, two softball fields and 11 tennis courts. Contact: Athens CVB, www.visitathensga.com Atlanta Atlanta has a multitude of facilities for both indoor and outdoor sporting events, including Philips Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, SunTrust Park and Georgia World Congress Center. In addition, more than 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-hour flight of Hartsfield-Jack- son Atlanta International Airport. Hotel rooms: 96,600 Hotel tax rate: 16.9 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multipurpose indoor venue that seats 75,000 to 83,000. Philips Arena is a 17,500-seat multipurpose venue that is currently undergoing a renovation. SunTrust Park has a seating capacity of 41,149. Convention centers: The Georgia World Congress Center is the fourth-larg- est convention center in the country and offers 3.9 million total square feet of space. The venue offers 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space and it has hosted events such as the NCAA Men's Final Four, Big South Qualifier and SEC Basketball Championships. The Georgia International Convention Center is the state's second-largest convention center and is directly connected to Hartsfield. Contact: Atlanta CVB, www.atlanta.net; Atlanta Sports Council, www.atlantasportscouncil.com; ATL Airport District, atldistrict.com Augusta In addition to major facilities such as James Brown Arena and Diamond Lakes Regional Park, Augusta also offers a river and lake. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee and $1 tourism/ transportation fee Major facilities: James Brown Arena is a multipurpose indoor venue. Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C. hosts baseball, softball, basketball, disc golf, football, soccer and tennis. Dia- mond Lakes Regional Park offers multiple baseball/softball fields and eight tennis courts. Blanchard Woods Park offers a skate park and four regulation-size soccer fields. SRP Park is a 5,000-seat ballpark. Convention center: The Augusta Mar- riott at the Convention Center has hosted basketball, sporting expos and volleyball. Contact: Augusta Sports Council, www.augustasportscouncil.org Bainbridge Bainbridge is located just 70 miles from the Florida coast, providing easy access to popular beach destinations. Hotels: 10 properties Major facilities: Nearby Flint River and Lake Seminole are popular fishing spots. Bill Reynolds Sports Park has 16 baseball/softball fields, two multipurpose fields and five basketball courts and is ad- jacent to the Bill Reynolds Tennis Center with 14 courts. Floyd Tennis Complex houses eight tennis courts. Contact: Bainbridge Georgia CVB, www.visitbainbridgega.com ► G E O R G I A t OTHER SPORTS DESTINATIONS JUST DON'T COMPETE. ©2017 Cobb Travel & Tourism cobbsportsalliance.com

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