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AUG 2018

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t August 2018 58 Ames As the home to Iowa State University, Ames has a unique variety of sports venues and facilities. The combination of community facilities, university facili- ties, and a love of sports and recreational activities makes Ames an appealing sports destination. Hotel rooms: 1,612 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Iowa State Univer- sity offers a football stadium, an arena, a cross-country course, an indoor pool, a rec- reation center, a track, a softball field, a soc- cer field and an ice arena. Hunziker Youth Sports Complex hosts soccer and softball. Furman Aquatic Center houses a 50-meter pool and diving platform. The Fieldhouse has four basketball courts. SportsIowa in- door sports facility hosts soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, baseball and softball. Contact: Ames CVB, Burlington Burlington is home to one of the Midwest's finest tournament facilities, the Burlington Regional Rec Plex. The city also boasts the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex, which is a prime location for athletes to have fun pre- or post-event. Hotel rooms: 769 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent; some prop- erties require a 1.65 percent destination fee as well Major facilities: Burlington Regional Rec Plex houses five baseball/softball diamonds, eight soccer fields, four lighted sand volleyball courts and one all-purpose field. Community Field is a Minor League ballpark. Burlington Memorial Auditorium has hosted sports such as wrestling and mixed martial arts. Coming soon: The Turf broke ground in July and will offer almost 80,000 square feet of playing surface. The Courts will break ground next year and will offer Iowa boasts facilities to host nearly any size event, from state championships to national contests. In 2017, the state host- ed the Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, the first-ever 36-hole facility in the United States to host the international event. In 2019, The Hawkeye State will host the first two rounds of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament for the second time. "Iowa is an affordable travel destination and an easy drive from many major metropoli- tan areas," said Jessica O'Riley, communi- cations manager for Travel Iowa Tourism. "Iowans are proud to show off their top-notch facilities and roll out the red carpet for visiting sports fans. And there are many affordable attractions and offerings for visitors when they're not spectating or participating in events." n ◄ Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames SPOTLIGHT ON: IOWA IOWA Fenelon Place Elevator Dubuque is home to the Fenelon Place Elevator. The elevator is known as the world's shortest and steepest scenic railway at 296 feet in length. It elevates passengers 189 feet from 4th Street to Fenelon Place. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy Travel Dubuque Ames CVB

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