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DEC 2015

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com December 2015 117 Sponsored Content CVBs & Sports Commissions ocated in the Kansas City area, Overland Park, Kan., provides visitors the perfect blend of metropolitan amenities and Midwestern hospitality along with the nation's finest amateur athletic facil- ities. With easy access to interstate highways I-70 and I-35, Overland Park is centrally located in the United States and is within a day's drive for more than 60 million people. In addition, Overland Park is located just 30 minutes from the Kansas City International Air- port and just 15 minutes from Kansas City's most popular attractions. "With several premier athletic facil- ities, 36 hotels and 5,200 guest rooms, Overland Park has played host to hun- dreds of national and regional events for over 20 different sports," says Justin Stine, director of the Overland Park Sports Alliance. "Our facilities are also located just minutes from 250 local restaurants and family-friendly attrac- tions such as the Deanna Rose Chil- dren's Farmstead and the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens." Overland Park was recently named as the #1 Soccer City by livability.com and the 9 th Best Place to Live by CNN Money Magazine. It is also a past win- ner of the Kansas City Visitors' Choice Award for Favorite KC-Area Destina- tion. These recognitions come as no sur- prise as tournament organizers, coaches, players and their families consistently compliment Overland Park's first-class facilities, variety of accommodation options and convenient proximity to dining, shopping and leisure activities. Plus, in spring of 2014, Overland Park became home to a brand new museum, entertainment, shopping and dining district. Located just two miles from Overland Park's most popular athletic facilities, Prairiefire is an excit- ing destination for groups, athletes and their families. The development's cor- nerstone is the Museum at Prairiefire, which is the first venue outside of New York City to continually host American Museum of Natural History traveling exhibitions. "Thanks to the Museum at Prairiefire, hundreds of thousands of people now find in Overland Park something that today only exists in New York City," said Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach. "It is a premier attraction not only for the metropolitan area, but also the entire Midwest." A wide range of notable events have been hosted in Overland Park including the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, USSSA Fast- Pitch World Series, National Masters Racquetball International Champion- ship, Midwest Classic Golf Tournament (PGA Tour) and U.S. Youth Futsal National Championship. "Overland Park is a multi-sport desti- nation, and our facilities are extremely versatile," continued Stine. "In the past we have hosted an Ultimate tournament at the soccer complex and a Futsal tournament inside the convention center exhibit hall." When you play in Overland Park, the Overland Park Sports Alliance provides a variety of complimentary services including RFP assistance, a group perk program, publicity and promotional support, welcome bags, volunteers and greeters, a complimentary mobile app tournament page and much more! n L Overland Park Premiers New Entertainment District! Justin Stine Director (913) 491-0123 or (800) 262-PARK jstine@visitoverlandpark.com www.overlandparksportsalliance.com Overland Park Sports Alliance "Organizers frequently ask me if Overland Park was built just for amateur sports. They love the extremely convenient proximity of our athletic facilities to hotels, attractions, restaurants and shopping, which allow them, the coaches, athletes and their families to focus on the competition…but enjoy their time off the field, too." See Ad On Page 171

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