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AUG 2015

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August 2015 50 www.sportseventsmagazine.com G E O R G I A t NHL-regulation arena. Contact: Athens CVB, www.VisitAthensGA.com. Atlanta Atlanta, the state capital, boasts world- class venues like the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena. The city is also the location of the world's busiest airport, Hartsfeld- Jackson Atlanta International. Hotel rooms: 94,000 in metro Atlanta; 11,000 in downtown Atlanta Major venues: Home to the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field is a 50,096-seat baseball stadium. The Georgia Dome is a 102,000-square-foot, multi-sport venue that seats 71,000+. The 690,000-square- foot Philips Arena seats more than 18,000 for basketball games. Convention center: The Georgia World Congress Center, the fourth largest in the country, offers 3.9 million square feet of total space, including 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space. The center, which has hosted events like the ACC Basketball Championship and NCAA Men's Final Four, is part of a three-facility campus that includes Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome. Contact: Atlanta CVB, www.atlanta.net. Augusta Georgia's second largest city, Augusta offers more than 70 baseball felds and a variety of multi-purpose venues. The eastern Georgia city has hosted many frst- class events, from international events in boxing, rowing and disc golf to elite triath- lons and state-level competitions. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Major venues: The 8,500-seat James Brown Arena hosts basketball and hockey. Lake Olmstead Stadium is a 4,400-seat Minor League ballpark. Newman Tennis Center has 18 hard courts. The Augusta Aquatics Center has two lap pools and a diving pool. Convention center: The 100,000-square-foot Augusta Convention Center hosts a variety of events, including boxing, volleyball, karate and taekwondo. Contact: Augusta Sports Council, www.augustasportscouncil.org. Cartersville/Bartow County Cartersville is situated in Bartow County, just north of the Atlanta metro area. The city's major new sports venue is LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center, which provides facilities for numerous sports. Terminus Wake Park at LakePoint is North America's largest cable wake park. Hotel rooms: 1,390+ Major venues: Dellinger Park consists of 111 acres and offers 14 lighted ten- nis courts, six softball felds, a football/ soccer feld with 440-yard track, outdoor basketball courts and an Olympic-sized pool. Lakepoint Sporting Community and Town Center features baseball felds, softball felds, soccer felds, lacrosse felds, volleyball courts, multi-purpose felds, a track and feld venue, a golf course and an indoor facility. Contact: Cartersville-Bartow County CVB, www.visitcartersvillega.org. Cobb County Cobb County is situated 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta. The area is composed of numerous cities (such as Marietta, Vinings and Smyrna) and offers venues for events both large and small. Hotel rooms: 13,500 Major venues: Kennesaw State University Sports and Recreation Park is an 88-acre complex with felds, a track and a lake. Al Bishop Softball Complex has fve felds. Lost Mountain Park contains eight softball felds, a baseball feld, two football/soccer felds and a 12-court tennis center. Wild Horse Creek Park offers six softball felds, a baseball feld, soccer/ football feld, a BMX track, equestrian facility and four tennis courts. Traemore Park has 11 soccer felds. Noonday Park features 12 soccer felds, two soccer prac- tice felds, two football/soccer felds and a BMX track. Mud Creek Soccer Complex consists of three full-sized and two half- sized soccer felds. Kennesaw Skatepark is a 40,000-square-foot complex. Convention center: The Cobb Galleria Centre offers 320,000 square feet of space and hosts sports like taekwondo, soccer and volleyball. Contact: Cobb Travel & Tourism, www.travelcobb.org. Columbus Situated on the east bank of the white- water rapids of the Chattahoochee River, Columbus is just 90 minutes southwest of Atlanta. The Chattahoochee River in Columbus recently underwent a major restoration project to return the river to its natural fow. Hotel rooms: 4,700 ► The Ironkids Triathlon It's A Fact: Augusta is the location of the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson.

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