SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2017

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January 2017 54 Aurora In Aurora, event planners and rights holders can pick from an almost unlimited number of facilities for any game, from soccer and lacrosse to swimming and riding. Hotel rooms: 4,200 Hotel tax rate: ranges from 12.25 per- cent to 14.75 percent, depending on county Major facilities: Aurora Sports Park features 12 baseball/softball fields, 27 soc- cer fields and a soccer championship field. The Aurora Reservoir accommodates fish- ing, sailing, swimming and windsurfing. Contact: Visit Aurora, www.visit Boulder Boulder is known for its active outdoor lifestyle. This walkable, compact col- lege town sits about 30 minutes north of Denver. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Hotel tax rate: 12.485 percent Major facilities: Pleasant View Field Sports Complex has nine multi-purpose fields. Gerald Stazio Softball Fields has seven fields. The Boulder Reservoir is a 700-acre sports haven and hosts all sorts of sports. Coors Event Center is a 43,000-square-foot indoor multi-purpose facility that seats 11,000. Folsom Field has a capacity of 53,613 and hosts football. Contact: Boulder CVB, www.boulder Colorado Springs Centrally located in the state, Colorado Springs plays frequent host to all sorts of events, including hockey tournaments, skating championships, marathons, en- durance races, speed skating, softball and pickleball. Hotel rooms: 14,500 regionwide ► Outdoor sports are right at home in Colorado. The Centennial State experiences more than 300 days of sunshine every year, is home to the Rocky Mountains and is one of the most active states in the country. "Athletes from around the world are drawn to Colorado to live and train here," said Kirstin Graber, commu- nications manager for the Colorado Tourism Office. "With our out- door-minded culture, mild climate, attractiveness to athletes to live and train, and our incredible sports offer- ings, Colorado is an extremely desir- able state for sporting events." n Running in Grand Junction ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: COLORADO Freedom Memorial The Colorado Freedom Memorial honors veterans of the state who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Located near Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, the memorial is the first of its kind in the United States as it salutes heroes from all wars, all branches of ser- vice and all service members' individual names. n DON'T MISS... Photo courtesy of Visit Aurora Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau

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