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AUG 2015

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Page 48 of 67 August 2015 49 From Dalton and Atlanta to Augusta and Savannah, Georgia is a "peach" of a state for holding sports events, said Emily Murray of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Georgia provides the perfect setting for year-round sporting events," she said. "With six professional sports teams and top-notch venues, it's easy to celebrate sports in Georgia." Contact: n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Georgia's Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : G E O R G I A t Lacrosse in Gwinnett Georgia Albany Albany is located in southwest Georgia. The city's YMCA Sports Park is a popular destination for practically any sport. Hotel rooms: 2,000+ Major venues: The YMCA Sports Park offers facilities for archery, badminton, boxing, bocce, judo/wrestling, racquetball, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. Legacy Park hosts fshing, football, soccer, baseball and softball. Gordon Sports Park is a baseball and softball facility. Convention center: The James H. Gray, Sr. Civic Center hosts basketball, boxing, football, volleyball and fencing. Contact: Albany CVB, Alpharetta Located 22 miles north of Atlanta, Alpharetta is home to award-winning parks and recreational facilities that make it a good choice for a sporting event. For the past six years, the city has hosted the IronKids Triathlon, which is the largest youth triathlon in the country. Hotel rooms: 2,762 Major venues: The Alpharetta Family Skate Center houses two rinks. Alpharetta North Park has four base- ball felds, four softball felds and two multi-purpose turf felds. Wills Park consists of eight baseball felds. Contact: Alpharetta CVB, Athens As the home of the University of Georgia, Athens has venues for many sports. And over the years, the city has welcomed events like Olympic volleyball, soccer and rhythmic gymnastics, and NCAA championships. Hotel rooms: 2,456 Major venues: Stegeman Coliseum is a 10,523-seat, multi-purpose venue for basketball and gymnastics. Dan Magill Tennis Complex has 16 courts. Foley Field is a 3,291-seat ballpark. Athens-Clarke County Tennis Center houses 12 outdoor hard courts. Convention center: The Classic Center provides an 8,000-square-foot atrium, a 56,000-square-foot grand hall and an ► Rock Solid The Rock Garden is a volunteer-built folk art attraction in Gordon County. The garden features more than 50 buildings, all of which are crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells, broken glass, china, rocks, ceramic tile, cement, wire and other materials. n www.exploregordon Kyle Hess Andy Baxter Photography

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