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AUG 2018

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t August 2018 64 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Albuquerque Albuquerque boasts a high-desert climate that is moderate year round, making weather-related issues that force stoppage of play or cancellation very unlikely. Hotel rooms: 17,000 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Dreamstyle Stadium is a 40,000-seat venue. The Pit, formally Dreamstyle Arena, is an indoor arena. Balloon Fiesta Park offers 20 multi-use fields for sports such as soccer, rugby, lacrosse and flag football. Convention center: The Albuquer- que Convention Center has more than 600,000 square feet of space. The venue has hosted indoor track and field cham- pionships, roller sports, figure skating, volleyball and gymnastics. Contact: Albuquerque Sports Com- mission, www.visitalbuquerque.org Farmington Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, commonly referred to as the Four Corners, Farmington is the retail hub for the area. Sitting at an elevation of 5,395 feet, the scenic landscape offers unique land formations, beautiful bluffs and me- sas, and exceptional trails for all types for memorable outdoor experiences. Hotel rooms: 1,928 Hotel tax rate: 12.625 percent plus $2.50 per room, per night Major facilities: Ricketts Park is a 6,100-seat baseball park. The 156-acre Farmington Sports Complex contains three soccer fields, eight lighted tennis courts, four baseball fields and four softball fields. Justis Park (ball fields) is a 9.1-acre lighted park. Worley Baseball Field is a ball park that can seat more than 200 spectators. Contact: Farmington CVB, www.farmingtonnm.org Las Cruces Las Cruces is nestled in the Mesilla With more than 300 days of sun- shine annually, low humidity and a temperate climate, New Mexico lends itself to outdoor sports. The Land of Enchantment, as it's called, is a popular spot for sports such as golf, skiing, fishing and cycling. "The vast, varied and beautiful scenery found in all corners of the state make New Mexico a unique place to host sporting events and enthusiasts," said Brianna Gallegos, public and industry relations coor- dinator for the New Mexico Tourism Department. "The cultural heritage makes for an adventure like none other before or after a sporting event." n Gymnastics in Sante Fe ► SPOTLIGHT ON: NEW MEXICO TOURISM Santa Fe MUST SEE: Albuquerque BioPark The Albuquerque Biological Park is a stop for those all about nature. It's home to a zoo, botanic garden, aquarium and Tingley Beach, where visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking—all just minutes from downtown Albuquerque and near the Rio Grande. n Photo courtesy of FreeABQimages.com

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