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AUG 2015

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August 2015 46 Arizona is big on sports. This year, Arizona hosted the NFL Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. "Looking for a sports lover's dream?" asked Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Offce of Tourism. "You'd be hard-pressed to fnd a bet- ter location than Arizona, regular-season home to four Major League teams, spring training baseball, professional golf tournaments, three college football bowl games and four NCAA universities." Contact: Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority: n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Arizona's Sports Events Sceneā€¦ S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : A R I Z O N A GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY t Arizona Flagstaff Flagstaff, in northern Arizona, enjoys a four-season climate with mild summers and snowy winters. Because of the city's high elevation, it has become a hotspot for distance running and those seeking high- altitude training. Hotel rooms: 4,930 Major venues: The NAU J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome is the largest sports venue in Flagstaff with a seating capacity of 10,000. The Skydome is used for bas- ketball, indoor track and feld, and other sports. Continental Park has three lighted youth baseball felds and one lighted youth softball feld. Thorpe Park consists of six tennis courts, two soccer felds, three youth baseball felds and four adult softball felds. Contact: Flagstaff CVB, Glendale A few miles northwest of Phoenix, Glendale is home to the annual Fiesta Bowl and hosted the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls. It also hosts sports events on a smaller scale, like volleyball tournaments, soccer matches and skateboarding. Hotel rooms: 1,466 Major venues: The 72,200-seat University of Phoenix Stadium offers 160,000 square feet of contiguous space. Gila River Arena is a multi-purpose venue that accommodates hockey, lacrosse and basketball. Camelback Ranch is a 10,000- seat baseball stadium. Peoria Sports Complex is a 12,000-seat baseball stadium that is the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Maryvale Baseball Park seats 7,000. Surprise Stadium is a 10,500-seat ballpark. Contact: Visit Glendale, See Ad On Page 47 Mesa Mesa is a destination for all sports, whether amateur, youth, collegiate or professional. A suburb of Phoenix, Mesa offers award-winning venues, diverse hotel Sweet Spot! Cerreta's Candy Company in Glendale is a family-owned business founded more than 40 years ago. Today, the shop is still serving up its delicious variety of choc- olates. Visitors can enjoy a factory tour. n Hamilton County Tourism Dragonboat Racing in Tempe AZ Dragonboat Festival

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