SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 130 he Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge has developed a na- tional reputation for hosting great sporting events. Our location in the Blue Ridge Moun- tains of Virginia on the East Coast of the United States makes the Roanoke Valley easily accessible for athletes, teams and families. The setting and climate also mean great weather throughout the year for all kinds of outdoor sports. Sports are part of our culture in Vir- ginia's Blue Ridge. Between hosting the NCAA Division III National Championship Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium, professional ice hockey with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, minor league baseball with the Salem Red Sox, and being home to the Blue Ridge Marathon — America's Toughest Road Marathon, we're always playing for something! We have an impressive inventory of well-maintained, centrally-located fields and facilities that can accommodate all types of sports — ranging from collegiate to professional events. In addition, we have hosted non-traditional sports such as orienteering, dragon boat racing, quidditch, mountain biking, stair climbing races, cyclocross, etc. The City of Salem, known as "Virginia's Championship City," has hosted more than 70 NCAA Championships including foot- ball, softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball. The variety of hotels within close prox- imity to the sports facilities is something athletes and spectators will appreciate. You'll be only minutes away from award-winning facilities such as the Botetourt Sports Complex, Moyer Sports Complex, Salem Civic Center and Ber- glund Center. Whether you're planning a marathon that incorporates the challenging elevations of the mountain landscape, an amateur tournament that attracts some of the top young talent from around the country, or an official collegiate event, the facilities in the region have extensive experience working with all kinds of sports organizations. When you're not at the game, fans and players will love the broad range of attractions and things to do in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including the Launching Pad Trampoline Park, guided outdoor adven- tures such as floating the James River, and exploring the various museums in Down- town Roanoke. You can also make the most of being in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with more than 600 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Local attractions and restaurants also work with Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge and tournament planners as partners, offering discounts and group rates to accommodate your event. It's a fun-filled, family-friendly experi- ence for everyone! From arriving via the Roanoke-Blacks- burg Regional Airport to the convenient road access provided by Interstate 81, the region is well-positioned in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic to draw large attendance and participation, which is also highlighted by the affordability of Virginia's Blue Ridge. Most importantly, the experienced tournament directors and facility managers in Virginia's Blue Ridge know how to or- ganize sporting events and provide services to help make yours a success. As Carey Harveycutter, Salem Director of Tourism, describes it, "Our people really separate us from other locations. From the time an event is awarded, our sports marketing team lives the event along with the rights holder." Elevate your next event to a champion- ship level in Virginia's Blue Ridge. n T Elevate Your Next Event To A Championship Level In Virginia's Blue Ridge Lori Phillips, Sales & Service Manager (540) 362-7848 or (800) 635-5535 Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge "Our people really separate us from other locations. From the time an event is awarded, our sports marketing team lives the event along with the rights holder." — Carey Harveycutter, Salem Director of Tourism

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