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SEP 2018

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September 2018 46 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Gulf Coast Mississippi's Gulf Coast offers phenomenal sports facilities and a variety of accom- modations across the region. The area also features 26 miles of beaches, barrier islands and waterways ideal for water sports. Hotel rooms: 15,000 Major facilities: The Gulfport Sportsplex is a 250-acre complex with six synthetic- turf ball fields, nine terraced ball fields and six international-size soccer fields. The D'Iberville Rusty Quave Sportsplex is a 60-acre complex with four baseball/softball fields and four multipurpose fields. MGM Park is a Minor League ballpark. Convention center: The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center is a beachfront facility that offers more than 400,000 square feet of space. Contact: Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, www.gulfcoast.org Jackson Situated in southwest Mississippi is Jack- son. The city offers everything needed for hosting a successful event, including more than 300 restaurants. Hotel rooms: 4,800 Major facilities: Dorothy Vest Tennis Center offers six clay courts, six lighted hard courts and one non-lighted court. Par- ham Bridges Tennis Center has 15 courts. Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium host football. Mississippi Coliseum is a 6,500-seat multipurpose venue with a 25,449-square-foot arena floor. Convention center: The Jackson Con- vention Complex offers more than 330,000 square feet of space and hosts all sorts of indoor sports, including volleyball, gymnas- tics, martial arts, roller derby and cheer. Contact: Jackson CVB, www.visit jackson.com Oxford Oxford sits in the north-central part of the state. The city is home to Mississippi's flagship public college, the University of Mississippi. Hotel rooms: 1,082 Major facilities: FNC Park features 12 baseball fields, four softball fields, five international-size soccer fields and a 7,500-square-foot indoor practice facility. The John Leslie Courts at FNC Tennis Center include 20 lighted hard courts. New Oxford Park Commission Activity Center has one gymnastics arena, two full-size basketball courts and two full-size volley- ball courts. Contact: Visit Oxford, visitoxfordms. com Ridgeland Ridgeland is a family-friendly destination with a number of indoor and outdoor activities for active families. The city hosts all sorts of sporting events, includ- ing USA Softball, ASA Softball, Bass- master tournaments, USTA events and more. Hotel rooms: 1,600 Major facilities: Freedom Ridge Park is a 50-acre facility with four softball fields and four soccer fields. Hite Wolcott Park is a 40-acre facility with seven lighted base- ball/softball fields. Ridgeland Tennis Center features 17 lighted hard tennis courts. Contact: Ridgeland Tourism Commission, www.visitridgeland.com Starkville Starkville is located in western Mississippi. The city is a college town that's home to Mississippi State University. Hotels: 8 properties Major facilities: Mississippi State University offers facilities for football, basketball, tennis, softball and baseball. Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter hosts equine events. Starkville Sportsplex has eight lighted youth and adult softball fields, seven lighted soccer fields and two indoor basketball courts. Contact: Starkville CVB, www.starkville.org Tunica Tunica has evolved into one of the top leisure and recreational group destinations in the Southeast. The city's eight casino properties offer upscale accommodations, numerous dining options and flexible event facilities. In addition, Tunica offers dedicated venues for swimming and diving, equestrian events and indoor tennis. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: The Tunica Aquatic Center features an eight-lane, Olympic-size competition pool and diving platforms. The Tunica Arena and Exposition Center offers 48,000 square feet of floor space with a seating capacity of 2,224. Tunica National Golf and Tennis has four climate-controlled indoor courts and a tournament-level cham- pionship golf course. Contact: Tunica CVB, www.tunicatravel.com Tupelo In northeast Mississippi is Tupelo. The small town offers big-city amenities and first-class facilities. Hotel rooms: 1,900 Major facilities: Tupelo Aquatic Center has 20 short-course lanes and eight long- course lanes. BancorpSouth Arena is an 10,000-seat arena. Contact: Tupelo CVB, www.tupelo. net n M I S S I S S I P P I t Softball in Ridgeland

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