SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2015

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2015 66 icture green fields, manicured and maintained for top sports performance. Picture a hard- wood floor, buffed to shine and waiting for a ball and gym shoes to dance across it. Picture athletes training their bodies to become elite competitors in a state of the art facility. You are picturing Hamilton County, Indiana! Just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County is becoming a premier destination for sporting events. Here are six reasons why: 1. Convenient Location Hamilton County is just a 30-minute drive from downtown Indianapolis and 45 minutes from the Indianapolis Interna- tional Airport. 2. Championship-Level Facilities Grand Park, the most recent addition to the already award-winning lineup of sports venues in Hamilton County, sits on 400-acres of land in Westfield, Ind., and offers 31 multi-purpose fields, in- cluding eight lighted synthetic fields and 26 baseball/softball diamonds. Also on the list are Billericay Park, Roundtripper Academy and Best Choice Fieldhouse in Fishers. 3. New Construction Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse at Grand Park and the Indoor Sports Arena at Grand Park are both set to open in 2016 on the campus of Grand Park. The Field- house is an 87,000-square-foot facility that will feature eight indoor basketball courts and state-of-the-art features. The Indoor Sports Arena is a 335,000-square- foot facility that will house three full-sized. multi-purpose fields. With the addition of these two in- door facilities, Grand Park will most certainly be a top desti- nation for year-round competition. 4. Hamilton County Sports Authority Offering an unmatched mix of consulting and support services to amateur, not- for-profit sporting events, the Hamilton County Sports Authority (HCSA) serves as a resource for organizations seeking guidance in formulating bid plans or managing events. HCSA offers grants, web support to promote events hosted at Hamilton County facilities, and distrib- utes news releases. HCSA also maintains a database of experienced, enthusiastic volunteers and can help event owners recruit volunteers, assist with site inspec- tions, receptions, team pack pick-ups, and more! 5. Visitor Experience We put time and effort into making sure your stay in Hamilton County is a memorable one. From welcome bas- kets at your hotel to travel guides in your hand, we make sure you feel wel- come everywhere you go. 6. Attractions Off The Field If you're looking for a fun, affordable getaway, you're in the right place! Whether you prefer shopping the latest fashions, dining in the best local restaurants, or exploring area attractions, you'll find plenty of things to do in Hamilton County. From soaring high on a balloon ride at Conner Prairie to miniature golf and arcade games at Ben & Ari's or go- cart racing at K1 Speed, there is plenty of off-the-field fun. Now, picture the end of your five-star sporting event. The dust has settled, the champions have been crowned and every- one enjoyed their stay. The events went off without a hitch and you've already begun planning your next visit with the help of the Hamilton County Sports Au- thority's expert staff. Picture yourself in Hamilton County and start planning your next trip or sporting event today! n P William Knox, Director (317) 660-4041 (direct) Hamilton County Sports Authority "Our ability to ramp up in areas of hospitality and visitor experience for large- scaled sporting events and the utilization of world-class facilities such as Grand Park have really propelled us above our competition. We feel we've raised the bar for the sports tourism industry." 6 Reasons Your Sports Event Belongs In Hamilton County

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