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NOV 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2016 57 Hotel rooms: 3,500+ Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Little Creek Park offers two youth baseball fields, a softball field and a youth football field. The Uni- versity of Charleston's Laidley Field has a capacity of 18,500. The Charleston Tennis Club has a total of 13 courts. Appalachian Power Park is a downtown baseball park. Trace Fork offers six soccer fields and can accommodate other sports such as ultimate Frisbee, football, kickball and lacrosse. The South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena has one sheet of ice and seats approximately 500. Schoenbaum Stadium houses a soccer field. Civic center: The Charleston Civic Center is located in the heart of downtown and recently had a $90 million expansion and redesign. Contact: Charleston CVB, www.charlestonwv.com. Gilbert Situated in southwest section of West Virginia is Gilbert. ATVing is popular here thanks to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, which has over 500 miles of mild to rugged trails. Hotels: Approximately 9 properties Major facilities: Guyandotte River and R.D. Bailey Lake accommodate water sports. Twisted Gun Golf Course offers 18 holes of golf. Contact: Gilbert CVB, www.visit gilbertwv.com. Huntington Home to Marshall University, Huntington appreciates sports. Situated in the western portion of the state, the area offers venues for sports like volleyball, soccer, cheer- leading, gymnastics, wrestling, football and track and field. Hotel rooms: 1,400 Hotel tax rate: 14 in Huntington city limits; 13 percent in Cabell County Major facilities: Ritter Park Tennis Center has 11 lighted outdoor courts. Barboursville Park Soccer Complex offers 14 fields. YMCA Kennedy Center features seven soccer fields. Ona Speedway houses a 7/16-mile oval track. Convention center: Big Sandy Super- store Arena & Convention Center boasts over 100,000 square feet of total space and seating for 9,000. The facility has hosted sports like basketball, volleyball, wrestling, boxing, roller derby and cheerleading. Contact: Cabell-Huntington CVB, www.wvvisit.org. Morgantown On the banks of the Monongahela River is Morgantown, the largest city is north-cen- tral West Virginia. A college town, the city offers a number of venues along with scenic beauty. Hotel rooms: 2,000+ Major facilities: Mylan Park an indoor sports plex, four lighted baseball/softball fields and rugby/lacrosse/soccer fields. Monongalia County Ballpark offers 2,500-fixed seats and a synthetic surface field. West Virginia University's Recre- ational Center consists of 177,000 square feet of space and houses seven basketball courts, three racquetball courts, a pool and indoor track with a field turf nearby. Convention center: Morgantown Event Center is a multi-purpose facility housing 30,000 square feet of space. Craig Civic Center is a multi-use facility with two indoor basketball courts and 11,000 square feet of open floor space. Contact: Greater Morgantown CVB, www.tourmorgan town.com. Southern West Virginia Southern West Virginia encom- passes a nine-county region. The area's mountains offer a beautiful backdrop for a sporting event. Hotel rooms: 1,800+ Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Linda K. Epling Baseball Stadium can seat up to 2,800. The Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex has eight full-size soccer fields, two of which have stadium seating. Convention center: The Beckley Ra- leigh County Conference Center has hosted basketball and wrestling tournaments. Contact: Visit Southern West Virginia, www.visitwv.com. Summersville Summersville is centrally located in West Virginia and easily accessible to many interstates. Outdoor recreation is popular on Summersville Lake, the state's largest clear water lake. Hotel rooms: 520 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park includes baseball fields and soccer fields. Summersville Lake hosts fishing tournaments. Convention center: Summersville Arena & Conference Center has a 24,000-square foot arena with a basketball floor. The facility has hosted wrestling, basketball, boxing and archery. Contact: Summersville CVB, www.summersvillecvb.com n Baseball in Southern West Virginia W E S T V I R G I N I A t Linda K Epling Stadium

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