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AUG 2015

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August 2015 60 Searching for a unique destination with diverse terrain, loads of history and an appreciation of sports? Look no further than New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment boasts plenty of charm in an iconic Southwestern landscape—not to mention anything and everything needed for hosting a successful event. "New Mexico's wonderful weather, combined with beautiful sports facilities and a multitude of pre- and post-event activities for the whole family, make it an ideal spot for sporting events," said Heather Briganti, communications director for the New Mexico Tourism Department. Contact: n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at New Mexico's Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : N E W M E X I C O t Rugby in Sante Fe New Mexico Albuquerque Central New Mexico's Albuquerque offers a mild, high-desert climate and more than 310 days of sunshine each year—meaning outdoor events are rarely canceled due to weather-related issues. Sports like track and feld, cross country, basketball, fgure skating and golf are frequently held here. Hotel rooms: 17,000 Major venues: University Stadium seats 40,000. Wisepies Arena is a multi-purpose facility that hosts basket- ball. Balloon Fiesta Park offers 20 multi- use felds for sports like soccer, rugby, lacrosse and fag football. Convention center: The Albuquerque Convention Center has more than 600,000 square feet of space. The venue has hosted USA Track & Field Indoor Championships, the NCAA Division I and Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships and the USA Volleyball Sun Country Regional Tournament. Contact: Albuquerque CVB, Farmington Constant sunny days and low humidity make Farmington a great environment for outdoor sports. Situated in the north- west corner of the state, Farmington also boasts a scenic landscape with unique land formations, beautiful bluffs and mesas. Hotel rooms: 2,083 Major venues: Ricketts Park is a 6,100-seat baseball park. The 156-acre Farmington Sports Complex contains three soccer felds, eight lighted tennis courts, four baseball felds and four softball felds. Justis Park is a 9.1-acre lighted park. Worley Baseball Field is a ballpark that can seat more than 200 spectators. Convention center: McGee Park Convention Center is a 49,500-square- foot facility. Contact: Farmington CVB, Las Cruces In southern New Mexico at the foot of the Organ Mountains is Las Cruces. A House Of History De Vargas Street House on the eastern side of the Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe is known as one of the oldest houses in America. Its founda- tion rests on part of an ancient Indian Pueblo that dates from around 1200 AD. n Derek Lucero Tourism Santa Fe

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