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AUG 2018

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August 2018 54 G E O R G I A t DeKalb County Just six miles east of downtown Atlanta is DeKalb County. The north-central Geor- gia county is close to all of the action but away from the congestion. It offers state- of-the-art athletic facilities and plenty of accommodations and amenities. Hotel rooms: 8.672 Hotel tax rate: 16 percent plus $5 per room, per night state fee Major facilities: Southeast Athletic Complex includes five soccer fields, four softball fields, a women's fastpitch field and three multi-use fields. Blackburn Ten- nis Center offers 18 lighted hard courts. Browns Mill Park hosts baseball, softball, football and tennis. Dynamo Swim Center houses three indoor competition pools. Contact: Sports DeKalb, Douglasville Douglasville sits just a few miles west of downtown Atlanta. The welcoming, small-town atmosphere provides a great backdrop for events, while being close to all of the big-city fun. Hotels: 24 properties Major facilities: The Hunter Memorial Park features an 18-hole disc golf course. Hunter Park Tennis Complex has seven courts. Contact: Douglasville CVB, Gainesville The city of Gainesville is quickly be- coming a prime location for a variety of sporting events, from tennis, golf, soccer to softball and world-class lake events. The Fishing League Worldwide made its third tour stop at Laurel Park and the city will host the Bassmaster Elite Series in February 2019. In September, the 2018 Dragon Boat World Champi- onships will take place in Gainesville, the first time the event will take place on U.S. soil. Hotel rooms: 700 Major facilities: Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre lake with more than 690 miles of shoreline. Lake Lanier Olympic Park is renowned for rowing. City Park Fields includes two Little League fields, two youth softball fields and four and tennis courts. Longwood Park offers eight lighted tennis courts. Allen Creek Soccer Complex features nine soccer fields. Contact: City of Gainesville, Gordon County Gordon County sits in the northwest part of the state. Its major city, Calhoun, is easily accessible from I-75, and both the city and county fields are convenient to lodging, restaurants and attractions. Hotel rooms: 900 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: Sonoraville Recreation Complex offers two indoor basketball courts, six lighted tennis courts, a lighted football field, five lighted baseball/soft- ball fields and two soccer fields. Calhoun Recreation Complex includes 12 softball/ baseball fields, one gym, four soccer fields, one football field, 15 tennis courts, pickleball courts, two multipurpose fields and one pool. Contact: Gordon County CVB, Gwinnett County Gwinnett County is located just 30 min- utes north of downtown Atlanta. Gwinnett is home to some of the state's premier sports facilities, including the Infinite Energy Arena and the Suwanee Sports Academy. Hotel rooms: 11,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $5 per night, per room state fee Major facilities: Infinite Energy Arena is a 13,000-seat multipurpose arena. Infinite Energy Forum offers a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall. Suwanee Sports Academy is a 100,000-square-foot multipurpose facility with seven regula- tion-size NBA courts. Coolray Field is a 10,427-seat ballpark. Life Time Athletic & Tennis Club in Peachtree Corners con- tains 24 hard courts with lights, two clay courts and six junior quick-start courts. Buford Arena is a 125,000-square-foot facility. Contact: Gwinnett Sports Commission, Henry County Henry County is comfortably located 30 minutes south of Atlanta on I-75. It's also just 12 miles from the regional airport. Hotel rooms: 2,960 FREEDOM PARK IN VALDOSTA Freedom Park is a softball and baseball destination with 8 laser-graded fields, full concession stand, a tree-lined concourse and beautifully maintained viewing areas. Four more standard fields plus a two-dimensional rubberized Miracle Field will be in place by 2019, making Freedom Park the ideal place to bring a tournament. n Valdosta Tourism

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