SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2016

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Page 54 of 59 November 2016 55 Wide open spaces and outdoor adventure make Montana a unique destination made for sports. The opportunity for recreational sports and events reflect the Treasure State's land- scape, active communities and sports fans. "Montanans are outdoor enthusiasts — hikers, trail runners, bikers, skiers, snowboarders, anglers, kayakers and whitewater rafters alike," said Donnie Sexton with the Montana Office of Tourism. "From rodeo grounds and blue ribbon trout fishing streams to the mountainous trails and world-class cross country and downhill skiing, Big Sky Country features natural sport- ing venues across the state." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Montana's Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : M O N T A N A t Marathon in Billings Montana Billings Billings may be a small town, but the sup- port for all kinds is big. Situated in southern Montana, Billings also offers plenty of scenic beauty. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Hotel tax rate: 7 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: Metrapark includes the 10,000-seat Rimrock Auto Arena. Dehler Park Baseball Stadium can seat more than 2,500. The city also offers two tennis facil- ities, softball and soccer complex, five golf courses, lacrosse/rugby field, lakes and two colleges. Contact: Visit Billings, www.Visit Great Falls Great Falls is situated on the high plains along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front Range. With a central location in the state and many nearby attractions, the city is a great destination. Hotel rooms: 2,000+ Major facilities: Siebel Soccer Park is a 15-field complex. Centene Stadium is a minor league ballpark. Riverside Railyard Skate Park is a 27,000-square foot outdoor facility. Contact: Great Falls CVB, Missoula Nestled in the mountain valley and locat- ed at the confluence of three major rivers, Missoula is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The western Montana city's largest annual sporting event is the Missoula Marathon, which draws over 6,000 racers the second weekend in July each year. Hotel rooms: 3,400 Hotel tax rate: 7 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: Fort Missoula Region- al Park features 11 multi-use fields, seven softball fields and eight tennis courts. U of M Adams Center is a 7,600-seat multi-purpose indoor venue. Ogren Park Alliance Field is a 3,500-seat minor league baseball park. Contact: Destination Missoula, n National Monument Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is situ- ated in southeast Montana and memorializes the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which took place on June 25-26, 1876, between the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment (led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer) and the Sioux and Cheyenne (under the lead- ership of Sitting Bull). n Visit Billings Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

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