SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2018

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t September 2018 48 Bismarck Bismarck has more than 100 miles of recreational and on-road trails for running and cycling. The area also offers seven golf courses, 57 softball/baseball diamonds and 40 soccer fields. Hotel rooms: 3,500 Hotel tax rate: 9.5 percent Major facilities: MDU Resources Com- munity Bowl is a 6,000-seat complex with a field for football and soccer, and a track and field area. Starion Sports Complex features two sheets of ice, a gymnastic facility, an eight-lane track and field, and a football field. Pepsi All Seasons Arena is a gym with multipurpose courts for volleyball, basket- ball, soccer and tennis. Convention center: Bismarck Event Center hosts sports such as curling, basket- ball and wrestling. Contact: Bismarck-Mandan CVB, See Ad On Page 49 Fargo Planted firmly in the upper Midwest, Fargo and its sister cities, Moorhead and West Fargo, offer small-town atmosphere with a big-city vibe. The area offers more than 20 state-of-the-art facilities. Hotel rooms: 5,727 Hotel tax rate: 10.5 percent Major facilities: FARGODOME is a multipurpose indoor venue with an 80,000-square-foot arena floor. Hulbert Aquatic Center houses a 10-lane pool and diving boards. Newman Outdoor Field is a 4,500-seat ballpark. North Softball Com- plex features 18 total fields. Jack Williams Stadium is a 2,300-seat ballpark. Matson Field hosts baseball. Anderson-Tharaldson Complex houses eight softball fields and four baseball fields. Centennial Athletic Complex consists of eight softball fields, four baseball fields and six football fields. Pepsi Soccer Complex features 10 multipur- pose fields. From pristine rivers and lakes to the rolling plains and rugged badlands, North Dakota is a state as diverse as it is memorable. The Midwestern state plays the frequent host to legendary sporting events, with enough facilities, trails and sites to exceed any expectation. "North Dakota is unknown to most people, a hidden gem full of interest- ing places to visit, eat and stay," said Kim Schmidt, public relations and digital com- munications manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. "Our larger cities, such as Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot, are vibrant communities with eclectic restaurants and shopping. Legendary out- door experiences can be found in places like the Theodore Roosevelt National Park or the Pembina Gorge where you can get off the beaten path and go to a place only a hand- ful of people visit." n ◄ Marathon in Grand Forks SPOTLIGHT ON: NORTH DAKOTA NORTH DAKOTA Roosevelt Park Zoo Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo was opened in 1920, and features the only reticulated giraffes and African black-footed penguins in the state. The red panda is a local favor- ite and can be seen climbing around the exhibit. The zoo has more than 200 animals consisting of 80 species. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy Amanda Cone Greater Grand Forks CVB

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