SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 134 resh off the successful hosting of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, which featured 10,000+ athletes from 68 countries partic- ipating in 60 sports over 10 days, Fairfax County, Virginia is ready for sporting events large and small. "Fairfax County is an ideal destination to host state, regional, national and interna- tional sporting events," says Steve Winter, President, Brotman-Winter-Fried Com- munications, who has organized numerous soccer, flag football, rugby, hockey and figure skating events in the area. "The location is perfect … with excellent tournament-capable facilities." According to Eric Kulczycky, national sales manager at Visit Fairfax, those facil- ities include 80 turf fields located through- out the county that allow for year-round play. "These fields are mostly lined for soccer, lacrosse, football and field hockey," he says. Other notable facilities in the area include SkateQuest, with two rinks — one Olympic and one NHL — and the NOVA Field House, boasting two adjacent indoor turf fields and an NBA basketball court. George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia, also offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues within the county, including a 5,000-seat stadium with eight-lane track and the 10,000-seat EagleBank Arena, site of GMU's men's and women's home basketball games. Major expansions are also in the works, says Kulczycky. "In November 2016, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a $100 million bond referendum that will upgrade parks and fields through- out the county over the next decade," he says. As part of that bond, a new, turfed baseball complex named Patriot Park North will be constructed in western Fairfax ap- proximately 14 miles from Dulles Airport on a 67-acre lot featuring four 90-foot diamonds and two 60-foot diamonds. "We're just minutes away from Wash- ington, D.C.," explains Kulczycky. "With three nearby airports — Dulles, Reagan National, and BWI — and several major roadways, including I-95, getting here is easy." Once in Fairfax, the robust public transportation system, including the new Silver Line Metrorail service to D.C., make it convenient to get around. Finding a place to stay in Fairfax County couldn't be easier with 100+ hotels — in- cluding the recently opened Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center — and 18,000+ rooms. As Winter notes, "Hotel rates are significantly lower in this part of the metro area. The tremendous support from Visit Fairfax for hotel and site selection assis- tance has also been a huge plus." That's par for the course for Kulczy- cky, who says, "The sales team at Visit Fairfax has received many accolades for its high-level of customer service. We pride ourselves on this personalized service, always working hard to save our clients both time and money, and doing so with a smile." n F It's Game On in Fairfax County, Virginia Eric Kulczycky, CSEE National Sales Manager, Sports Marketing (703) 752-9510 Visit Fairfax "The sales team at Visit Fairfax has received many accolades for its high level of customer service. We pride ourselves on this personal- ized service, always working hard to save our clients both time and money, and doing so with a smile." Patriot Park North Don Sweeney Soccer Field

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