SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2015

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2015 122 xperience what Billings has to offer! Bring your next sports event to Montana's Trailhead. Billings is Montana's largest city and the Visit Billings team is ready to help make your competition successful. Billings offers a wide range of venues for virtually any sport with exceptional air service and accessibility. Throughout your stay, rest up in one of more than 5,000 hotel rooms. Enjoy team-friendly restau- rants and attractions and accessible sports venues, all of which make Billings an ideal sports destination. The community welcomes sports events of all sizes and hosts the region's largest state games, Montana's Big Sky State Games, as well as the Montana Marathon, Montana Women's Run, and the Heart and Sole Race, which is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) 5k Regional Qualifier. 2016 kicks off with Montana High School Association's All-Class State Wrestling Tournament attracting 10,000 athletes and fans from all over the state along with the region's largest youth soccer and volleyball tournaments, the Stockman Bank Magic City Classic and the Big Sky Volley- fest. In June, Billings will proudly host a new duath- lon event that promises to be a success in the 406. And with numerous events in between, 2016 will end on a high note with the NCAA DII Cross Country Region Championships. The city is home to a variety of venues, including Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra- Park, a 10,000-seat, multi-purpose arena with 87 acres of parking. Other venues include a newly constructed indoor tennis facility, softball and baseball parks, public golf courses, stadiums for football and soccer, a multi-purpose recreational complex, and two universities with numer- ous sports venues. "The city boasts affordability, but also access to some of the most important historic, scenic and natural points and wonders in the United States, including Yellowstone National Park, Bighorn Bat- tlefield National Park and Pompeys Pillar, which offers access to the only physical evidence along the Lewis and Clark Expedition," said Alex Tyson, executive director of Visit Billings. "With the bed tax just over half the national average and no sales tax, reasonable room rates, retail, restaurants and more, Billings is an ideal destination for sport, convention and leisure travelers." As the largest community between Calgary and Denver, Spokane and Minneapolis, Billings boasts big-city ameni- ties with a genuine small-town feel. The warm, hardworking residents possess a perspective on life that is uniquely Montanan and inherently individual—they look you in the eye and take time to make you feel welcome. They also know how to cheer loudly with the best of them. Historic downtown Billings serves up the only walkable brewery district in Montana with six breweries and two distilleries. Guests and residents alike can immerse themselves in modern conveniences on the edge of the genuine frontier. Enjoy the city's well-established trail system, climb the Rimrocks, fly-fish the Yellowstone River, shop and enjoy Billings' truly local fare. Plus, from airport arrivals to support at the venue, the Visit Billings team is with you through every part of your competi- tion. So, with ample venue space, accommodations, resources, and adventure right out your hotel, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable event. You're on your way to a trophy celebra- tion in Billings, Montana's Trailhead. n E Alex Tyson Executive Director (406) 245-4111 Visit Billings "Billings, as a community, respects an athlete's commitment to competition. Our residents and business owners alike value sports and recreation. Billings takes hosting any event seriously, so athletes can focus and then celebrate their commitment to their game." Your Trailhead To Trophy Celebrations Walking Brewer District AA Basketball Tournament

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