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AUG 2018

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t August 2018 62 Bullhead City Bullhead City sits in southeast Arizona, about 90 miles south of Las Vegas. Soccer is huge in Bullhead City, and the city can host more than 200 teams in Rotary Park any weekend of the year. Hotel rooms: 11,000 Major facilities: Rotary Park offers sev- en fields. Ken Fovargue Park has two fields and shares an additional four fields with the nearby Mohave High School. Community Park features three fields. Coming soon: Opening in spring 2019, Anderson Auto Fieldhouse will offer 40,000 square feet of indoor space for eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts or 32 pickleball courts, as well as space for soccer and football. Contact: Bullhead City, Flagstaff At 7,000 feet, Flagstaff's summer is the epitome of perfect weather for outdoor sports with bragging rights to weather, averaging a high of 85 degrees. Hotel rooms: 5,347 Major facilities: Northern Arizona University offers a number of facilities that can host sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball, track and swimming. Contact: Flagstaff CVB, Glendale Glendale is a mecca for sports, as the city boasts facilities for NFL football, NHL hockey, Major League Baseball's L.A. Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, as well as soccer. Hotel rooms: 1,585 Major facilities: University of Phoenix Stadium consists of 63,400 permanent seats and can expand to 72,200 seats. Gila River Arena houses a 17,000-square-foot arena floor. Camelback Ranch has a seating capacity of 13,000. Heroes Regional Park has two basketball courts, volleyball courts, X-court and archery range. Contact: Glendale CVB, There aren't many states that can boast about hosting the Super Bowl, the College Football National Championship and the NCAA Final Four but Arizona did over three consecutive years. There's a reason the organizers of the nation's biggest sports events keep coming back to Arizona and that same reason applies to organiz- ers of smaller-scale events. "Two words: destina- tion appeal," said Scott Dunn, the Arizona Office of Tourism senior director of communications and public information. "As good as Arizona's athletic facilities and infrastructure are, the state's greatest asset as a sports destination is that peo- ple want to come here. The weather is reliably excellent. The Grand Canyon is a bucket-list addition to any trip. And there's a full spectrum of hotels and resorts, many of them with onsite water parks." n ◄ IRONMAN in Tempe SPOTLIGHT ON: ARIZONA Nils Nilson MUST SEE: Arizona Outback Adventures Arizona Outback Adventures gives visitors a true sense of the Southwest. It specializes in multi-day guided tours through Scotts- dale, the Phoenix metro area and beyond. Excursions can be via bike or even kayak to check out the unexpected oasis found on the Lower Salt River. n Photo courtesy of Arizona Outback Adventures

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