SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2015

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2015 52 ith venues to suit most any sport, all situated in a lively city on Lake Erie's shores, Erie, Pennsylvania, is sure to impress. When the Erie Insurance Arena completed a $47 million renovation project in 2013, the expanded concourse, additional seating, and updated locker rooms were an immediate draw for events. The facility seats 6,900 for basketball and 6,700 for hockey, and has recently hosted such events as the NCAA DII Women's Basketball Championships and PA Junior Wrestling Championships. The Bayfront Convention Center features 100,000 square feet of space, 25-foot ceilings in its Great Hall, and a waterfront location with a spectacular floor-to-ceiling view of Presque Isle Bay. The facility offers 470 free parking spaces, and is connected to the 200-room Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel by a skybridge. A second adjoining hotel, the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel, will open in spring 2016. Presque Isle State Park is Erie's natu- ral gem. The 3,200-acre forested peninsula boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, 25 miles of flat recreational trails, and numer- ous boat launch areas, perfect for fishing, running, bicycling, and beach sports events. It's easy to get to Erie, and with more than 4,000 hotel rooms, you'll always have a comfortable place to stay. We're less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, and a three-hour drive from Toronto. Erie's vibrant cultural scene and unique dining establishments will complete a great experience for any group! n W In Erie, We Get Sports • State-of-the-art facilities • Affordable accommodations • Entertainment for everyone Need We Say More? Put one of the most recognized sports commissions in the country to work for you. Learn more at Looking for a great venue and great waterfront city for your big event? Bring it to Erie, PA. BRING IT! ERIE INSURANCE ARENA PRESQUE ISLE STATE PARK FAMILY FIRST SPORTS PARK BAYFRONT CONVENTION CENTER A DIVISION OF VISITERIE 2 0 1 4 National Sports Commission of the Year VisitErie major sponsors: R. Ron Sertz, Executive Director (800) 524-3743 or (814) 454-1000 Erie Sports Commission "The Erie Sports Commission has the expe- rience and connections to support events of any size or type. With a record of suc- cessfully supporting high-profile national and state competition and access to the best venues, Erie is your ideal destination for any sports event."

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