SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2016

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November 2016 42 Sports are right at home in New Jersey. This northeastern state boasts being the site of the first college football game (Rutgers versus Princeton in 1869), the first organized baseball game (Elysian Field in Hoboken in 1846) and the first pro basket- ball game (held in Trenton in 1896). And the Garden State continues to be a premier destination for sporting events from all arenas. "New Jersey remains a leader in hosting all types of national and internation- ally known sporting events," said Jennifer Stringfellow of the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism. "Home to an extensive array of event facilities for championship professional sports, collegiate tournaments and amateur sporting events, New Jersey has home field advantage." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at New Jersey's Sports Events Sceneā€¦ S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : N E W J E R S E Y GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY t Triathlon in Atlantic City New Jersey Atlantic City Atlantic City's inherent landscape, con- sisting of four miles of beautiful beaches and boardwalk, coupled with its sports history make it an ideal location to host a sporting event. Hotel rooms: 16,000+ Hotel tax rate: 14 percent Major facilities: Boardwalk Hall is a multi-purpose facility featuring a 141,000-square foot arena. Bader Field's total space is 142 acres, 62 million square feet and is home to Sandcastle Stadi- um. Harrah's Conference Center offers 100,000 square feet of space. Convention center: The Atlantic City Convention Center boasts 500,000 con- tiguous square feet of exhibit space, occu- pying a site of nearly 31 acres, making it one of the East Coast's largest convention centers. The facility has hosted sports like cheer, dance and volleyball. Contact: Meet AC/Atlantic City Sports Commission, The Meadowlands The Meadowlands region includes Hud- son County and parts of Bergen Coun- ty and is located directly across from Manhattan. Having got its name because of the large ecosystem of wetlands in northeast New Jersey, the area has plenty of natural venues for sports like cycling and fishing. Hotel rooms: 8,500 Major facilities: MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and Giants, World-Famous Boardwalk The Wildwoods of New Jersey is famous for its Wildwoods Boardwalk. Stretching for two and a half miles, the Wildwoods Boardwalk offers sensory overload with more than 100 rides and attractions that range from world- class roller coasters and wet 'n' wild waterparks to carnival-style midway games, flashing arcades, retail shops and eateries. n Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

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