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SEP 2018

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t www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2018 45 Columbus Columbus is situated in east Mississippi. The city has plenty of dining options, a four-mile Riverwalk and a new $5 million soccer complex. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Major facility: Propst Park features four youth softball fields, four adult softball fields, 10 youth baseball fields, a disc golf course, four tennis courts and a skateboard park. Convention center: The James M. Trotter Convention Center includes 15,000 square feet of space. Contact: Visit Columbus, www.visit columbusms.org Greenwood Located in east-central Mississippi, Green- wood boasts several venues and parks for hosting sporting events. The city features Whittington Park and Stribling Park, along with the Leflore County Civic Center. Hotel rooms: 825 Major facilities: Leflore County Civic Center seats 1,804 and houses a 9,576-square-foot arena. Leflore Agri Center seats 1,200. Whittington Park has eight baseball/softball fields. Stribling Park includes 10 baseball/ softball fields and 10 soccer fields. Twin Rivers Recreation Center has 11 tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool. Contact: Greenwood CVB, www.visitgreenwood.com DeSoto County DeSoto County is a frequent host of sports. Snowden Grove Park & Baseball Complex hosts tournaments every weekend from March through September. Greenbrook Park hosts all sorts of softball tournaments as well. Hotel rooms: 3,200 Major facilities: Snowden Grove Park has 17 lighted baseball fields. Greenbrook Softball Complex features eight lighted fields. George M. Harrison Municipal Soccer Complex includes five lighted soccer fields. Southaven Soccer Complex houses eight lighted soccer fields. South- aven Tennis Complex features 12 lighted courts. Southaven Indoor Volleyball Arena offers eight courts. The Landers Center can seat up to 10,000 depending on the event. Contact: DeSoto County CVB, www.sodesoto.com ► From Tunica to Jackson, Tupelo to the Gulf Coast, Mississippi offers a diverse portfolio of sports assets. The state accommodates everything from tournament-tier youth soc- cer, baseball and softball events to collegiate events and the PGA Tour. And as the home of seven competitive NCAA Division I and II programs, Mississippi is all about partaking in sports as well. But perhaps even more signif- icant in The Magnolia State is the hospitality shown to each and every guest. "In Mississippi, we want our visitors to always feel welcome," said Craig Ray, director of Visit Mississippi. "Mississippi remains a top destination for sports fans because of the hospitable envi- ronment and accessibility. Tailgating events become potlucks, and even our most heated sports rivalries stay on the field." n ◄ Stribling Park in Greenwood SPOTLIGHT ON: MISSISSIPPI Robert McBryde MUST SEE: Biloxi Shrimping Trip Visitors can get a true feel for the Missis- sippi Gulf Coast with a Biloxi Shrimping Trip. The trip is a 70-minute living marine adventure that shows exactly how shrimp and other marine life breed, live and even how some end up on our plate! n Photo courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

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