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AUG 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2018 63 Mesa Mesa is a recognized destination for all kinds of sporting events, be they amateur, youth, collegiate and professional. In the greater metropolitan area, Mesa is sec- ond in size only to Phoenix and the city's award-winning sports venues, diverse hotel selection and close proximity to two major airports are attributes that event planners recognize as valuable when selecting the city to host competitions. Hotel rooms: 5,452 Major facilities: Hohokam Stadium is a 12,500-seat multi-use stadium with two fields. Fitch Park offers four ball fields. Red Mountain Baseball Complex has fields for baseball, softball and soccer. Quail Run Sports Complex offers four lighted youth soccer/football fields. AZ ICE Gilbert houses two sheets of ice. Skyline Aquatic Center consists of a 75-meter Olympic-size pool. Kino Aquatic Center offers a 75-meter Olympic-size pool. Convention center: The Mesa Conven- tion Center sits in the heart of downtown Mesa and features 19,000 square feet of exhibit space with an additional 19,000 square feet of flexible space. Contact: Visit Mesa, www.visitmesa.com Phoenix Phoenix has become a mega-event desti- nation. In the last five years, the city has hosted the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, College Football Playoff National Championships and NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. Hotel rooms: 64,000 Major facilities: Talking Stick Resort Arena has a 600,000-square-foot arena. Chase Field has a capacity of 48,633. The Rose Mofford Sports Complex has four soccer fields, six softball fields, eight tennis courts, 4 basketball courts and volleyball courts. Convention center: The Phoenix Con- vention Center has hosted numerous sports, including gymnastics, cheer, basketball and volleyball. It would also be an ideal spot for other sports such as fencing, karate and wrestling. Contact: Visit Phoenix, www.visitphoenix.com Scottsdale With 330 days of sunshine, premier facil- ities and hassle-free transportation both in the air and on the ground, Scottsdale is the perfect host city for sporting events. Wheth- er the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships or youth tournaments, Scottsdale is always ready to provide the best in hospitality. Hotel rooms: 14,000 Major facilities: Scottsdale Stadium is a 12,000-seat baseball complex. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is an 11,000-seat ballpark with 12 practice fields. Scottsdale Sports Complex is a 71-acre facility that ac- commodates sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, Ultimate Frisbee and rugby. WestWorld of Scottsdale is an equestrian facility housing the 120,000-square-foot Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center Equidome. TPC Scottsdale is home of the most highly attended event on the PGA Tour, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Contact: Experience Scottsdale, www.experiencescottsdale.com Tempe Tempe is located in the heart of the vibrant metro Phoenix/Scottsdale area, just minutes from the airport. The city has world-class venues to accommodate a variety of indoor and outdoor sporting events, including sta- diums, gyms, fields, pools and Tempe Town Lake, an ideal home for triathlons, rowing regattas and other events. Hotel rooms: 6,485 Major facilities: Arizona State Universi- ty's Mona Plummer Aquatic Center houses an Olympic-size pool and diving tower. ASU Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field is undergoing a $307 million renovation. ASU Wells Fargo Arena is a multipurpose facility that seats 14,198. Benedict Sports Complex can host flag football, lacrosse, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rugby and football on its four fields. Tempe Sports Complex is a 60-acre complex with six lighted multipurpose fields and four lighted baseball/softball fields. Tempe Diablo Stadium can be used for baseball, soccer, rugby and flag football. Contact: Tempe Tourism Office, www.tempetourism.com Tucson Tucson is situated in southern Arizona. The vibrant city boasts an average of 350 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures year-round, making it a prime location for outdoor sporting events. Hotel rooms: 12,942 Major facilities: The Kino Sports Com- plex is a 155-acre natural-grass complex with fields for baseball, football, softball, lacrosse and soccer. Oro Valley Aquatic Center houses an Olympic-size compe- tition pool. The University of Arizona offers facilities for football, track and field, baseball, swimming, softball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, soccer and golf. Abraham Lincoln Regional Park includes four softball fields, a pool and soccer fields. Convention center: The Tucson Con- vention Center houses 205,000 square feet of event space. Contact: Visit Tucson, www.visittucson.org n A R I Z O N A t Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa Visit Mesa

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