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AUG 2015

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Page 56 of 67 August 2015 57 As the birthplace of basketball and vol- leyball—not to mention being home to the oldest U.S. marathon and the country's largest regatta—Massachusetts is a premier sports destination with a rich sports histo- ry. "Massachusetts is a great destination that everyone wants to visit," said Shannah McArdle, director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Offce. "You'll be competing in a city and state that is home to champions— from professional sports teams to our colle- giate teams. And you are competing in front of a knowledgeable and passionate fan base. Our local fans support the events that come to Massachusetts in record numbers." Contact: n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Massachusetts' Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : M A S S A C H U S E T T S t Rowing in Worcester Massachusetts Boston Massachusetts' capital, Boston, is also the state's largest city. Boston is home to numerous professional sports teams, colleges and universities. Hotel rooms: 31,000+ Major venues: Fenway Park is a 39,605-seat baseball facility. TD Garden is a multi-purpose arena with a capacity of 19,580. Gillette Stadium is a 68,756- seat football stadium. Numerous arenas, felds, tracks and rinks are also available at Boston University, Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University and Roxbury Community College. Convention venues: The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center offers 516,000 square feet of contiguous space and has hosted everything from fgure skating championships to volley- ball tournaments. The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center houses 193,000 square feet of space. The Seaport World Trade Center includes 118,000 square feet of space. Contact: Greater Boston CVB, Cape Cod Cape Cod is in the easternmost portion of Massachusetts and contains 15 towns, along with the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The area boasts scenic beauty and miles and miles of coastline. Hotel rooms: 19,000 Major facility: The Hyannis Youth and Community Center includes two ice rinks and a gymnasium. The facili- ty has hosted events like the Women's Hockey East Championship Tournament, the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Championships and several U.S. Figure Skating competitions. Contact: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, CVB, ► An Apple A Day… Red Apple Farm has been owned and nurtured by the same family for four generations. The scenic farm, which sits at 1,250 feet above sea level, offers some of the best naturally colorful, extra-crisp apples in New England. Stop by the farm to see animals, watch bees in the observation hive, try some apple cider and, of course, pick a delicious apple. n Al Rose

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