SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2016 51 W A S H I N G T O N t Hotel rooms: 12,300+ Hotel tax rate: 15.6 percent Major facilities: Safeco Field is a 47,860-seat major league ballpark. Centu- ryLink Field is a 67,000-seat major league football/soccer field. Key Arena accom- modates figure skating, ice hockey and bas- ketball. Emerald Downs is a thoroughbred racing venue. King County Aquatic Center features two pools, diving tank with two levels of springboards and five levels of platforms. Convention center: Washington State Convention Center has 414,722 square feet of total space. Contact: Seattle Sports Commission, www.visitseattle.org/seattlesports commission. Seattle Southside Just 12 miles from the heart of downtown Seattle, Seattle Southside is a great destina- tion in western Washington with state-of- the-art venues like Starfire Sports Com- plex, North SeaTac Park and ShoWare Center. Hotel rooms: 8,000+ Hotel tax rate: 12 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: Starfire Sports Com- plex features 12 turf soccer fields, includ- ing a stadium. The North SeaTac Park is a 165-acre park with trails and a BMX track. Foster Golf Links is an 18-hole course. ShoWare Center is a 154,400-square foot multi-purpose arena with a seating capacity of 6,500. Contact: Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, www.SeattleSouthside. com. See Ad On Page 52 Snohomish County Snohomish County is minutes north of downtown Seattle and about 45 miles north of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The county is a recreational mecca and its temperate climate encourages year-round sports events. Hotel rooms: 6,200 Hotel tax rate: 11.5 percent plus $1 per room, per night Major facilities: Xfinity Arena at Ever- ett has the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center and Xfinity Community Ice Rink, which has two NHL-size sheets of ice. Phil Johnson Ball Fields has four lighted fields for fastpitch and baseball. Snohom- ish Aquatic Center is a 52,000-square foot facility with a competition pool and dive area. Walt Price Fitness Center at Ever- ett Community College accommodates basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Sky River Park has four softball/baseball fields, one turf softball/baseball field and three soccer fields. Lake Tye Park has become a popular venue for wakeboarding, triathlons and wakesurfing. Convention center: The Lynwood Con- vention Center has 34,000-square feet of functional and flexible space on two floors. Contact: Snohomish County Sports Commission, www.snohomish.org. Spokane Spokane, located near the heart of the Inland Northwest, serves as the shopping, entertainment, sports and medical hub for an area that includes Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, North Idaho, Western Montana and southern portions of Alberta and British Columbia. The Spokane River runs through the city's downtown. Hotel rooms: 7,000+ Hotel tax rate: 10 percent Major facility: Spokane Veterans Me- morial Arena houses a 32,000-square foot arena floor and hosts events such as arena football and indoor hockey. Convention center: The Spokane Convention Center campus sits along the banks of the Spokane River and provides spectators with beautiful views of the 100-acre Riverfront Park. A recent ren- ovation of the facility brought its square footage up to more than 164,307 square feet. Contact: Spokane Regional Sports Commission, www.spokanesports.org. Tacoma Diverse geography welcomes athletes and fans to Tacoma and the South Sound. The high elevation of Mt. Rainier and the Mt. Rainier National Forest provides unique outdoor opportunities to enjoy along with its many quality venues. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: The Tacoma Dome is one of the largest wood domed structures in the world and offers 100,000 square feet of space to host sports like football, wres- tling and basketball. Cheney Stadium is a 7,429-seat ballpark. Chambers Bay Golf Course is a traditional LINKS designed course. Convention center: The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center offers more than 119,000 square feet of ► Football in the Tri-Cities Steve Landon

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