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AUG 2018

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August 2018 52 www.sportseventsmagazine.com G E O R G I A t Cartersville Cartersville, a small town north of Atlanta, is home to LakePoint Sporting Community, as well as six additional sports parks. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: LakePoint Sporting Community boasts multiple parks and spaces for baseball, volleyball, field sports and more. The Champions Center at LakePoint offers 170,000 square feet of space, including 12 hardwood basket- ball courts that convert to 24 volleyball courts. Convention center: The Clarence Brown Conference Center has hosted gymnastics, dance and martial arts. Contact: Cartersville-Bartow County CVB, visitcartersvillega.org; LakePoint Sporting Community, www.lakepointsports.com See Ad On Page 56 Cobb County Cobb County is already recognized for its winning combination of facilities and customer service, and for being a sports power with three Major League teams calling Cobb County home: Major League Soccer's Atlanta United, Major League Lacrosse's Atlanta Blaze and Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. Hotel rooms: 13,500 Hotel tax rate: 8 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: McEachern High School Health Physical Education & Wellness Center contains 117,000 square feet of Mondo flooring and is ad- jacent to Walter H. Cantrell Stadium, a 12,500-capacity football field and track. Fifth Third Bank Stadium has a bowl- shaped stadium, plus seven competition fields and an NCAA regulation track. Atlanta United FC's Training Complex has nine fields. Al Bishop Softball Com- plex includes five fields. Wild Horse Creek Park features six softball fields, a baseball field, a soccer/football field, a BMX track, an equestrian facility and four tennis courts. Convention center: Cobb Galleria Centre boasts 144,000 square feet of uninterrupted space and has hosted events such as the American Taekwondo United National Tournament, Southeast Soccer Expo and First Lady's Challenge Volley- ball Tournament. Contact: Cobb Travel & Tourism, travelcobb.org See Ad On Page 51 Columbia County Along the Savannah River in east Georgia is Columbia County. The area is home to the 100-acre Patriots Park, a venue that can host a variety of sports, and Clarks Hill Lake, a great spot for fishing. Hotel rooms: 1,200 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: Blanchard Park offers two tennis courts, two baseball fields and two football/soccer fields. Blanchard Woods Park has four soccer fields, a stadi- um soccer field and a certified cross-coun- try course. Eubank Blanchard Park has a volleyball court, a basketball court and a softball field. The 100-acre Patriots Park boasts seven baseball fields, five soft- ball fields, five soccer fields, nine tennis courts, one gym and an 18-hole disc golf course. Riverside Park has four youth baseball/softball fields, three tennis courts, one T-ball field and additional fields. Contact: Columbia County CVB, www.columbiacountyitshere.com Columbus Columbus is a city rich in history and amenities, and it's just 90 minutes south of Atlanta with easy access via I-185. Scenic highways lead to Columbus from Florida, Alabama and Tennessee, making car and bus trips an easy drive. Hotel rooms: 4,500 Hotel tax rate: 16 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: Columbus offers a 10,000-seat civic center; an ice rink; a convention center; football, baseball and softball stadiums; an 11-field soccer complex; a 57-court tennis center; an eight-field softball complex with a 2,500- seat stadium; an aquatic center; and the world's longest urban whitewater course. Convention center: The Columbus Convention & Trade Center hosts all types of indoor sports, including Chattahoochee Challenge Gymnastics and American Grap- pling Federation BJJ Championships. WAKEBOARD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA For the past 10 years, the best wakeboarders from across the nation and world have been spotted in Acworth, Georgia, in Cobb County for the Wakeboard National Championship. The four-day competition features more than 200 boarders of all ages and skill levels battling it out. Spectators set up along Dallas Landing on Lake Acworth, cheering on their favorite boarders as they catch some serious air and reach deep into their bag of tricks to impress the judges. Fans experience tons of great food and music, athlete autograph signings and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment. This family oriented event provides a fun filled fay of sun, surf and excitement for all who attend. n Cobb Travel & Tourism

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