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AUG 2016

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Page 56 of 67 August 2016 57 Looking for great weather, world-class ven- ues and attractions to please athletes of any age? Then look no further than Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. This southwestern state has a rich tradition of hosting major sporting events — from college football champion- ships and the Super Bowl to NBA All-Star games and MLB World Series — making it a true sports lover's dream. "We are bless- ed to have spectacular weather throughout the year that makes hosting sporting events a natural, regardless of the season," said Tony Alba, director of media relations for the Arizona Office of Tourism. "And, our state's facilities collectively are among the best in the world." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Arizona's Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : A R I Z O N A t Marathon in Tempe Arizona Flagstaff Flagstaff sits in the Coconino National Forest at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is within easy driving distance to pre- or post-event attractions such as the Red Rocks of Sedona and Grand Canyon National Park. Hotel rooms: 4,930 Hotel tax rate: 10.951 percent Major facilities: Northern Arizona University offers facilities for baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The city of Flagstaff's Recreation Department offers 24 parks, one pool, 17 tennis courts, 19 basketball courts, two disc golf courses, 17 ball fields, 50 miles of urban trail system, two skate parks, a BMX park, three recreation centers and an ice rink. Contact: Flagstaff CVB, Glendale Just north of downtown Phoenix is Glendale. The suburb is a mecca for all sorts of sports, from baseball and hockey to football and soccer. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Hotel tax rate: 15.17 percent Major facilities: The University of Phoenix Stadium is a 63,400-seat football stadium and features the first fully retractable natural grass playing field in North America. Gila River ► Behind Bars A visit to the Yuma Territorial Prison reveals what life was like for the Old West's worst desper- adoes. On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the prison, into cells they had built them- selves. The prison held a total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, during its 33 years of operation. Today, guests can enter the cells where the criminals lived, visit the prison cemetery and even climb up to the old guard tower. n Nils Nilsen/Rock N Roll Marathon Yuma Visitors Bureau

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