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JAN 2017

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January 2017 60 lacrosse and more. Championsgate Sports Field Complex includes eight fields. ESPN Wide World of Sports is a 255-acre facility with nine venues that can host nearly every sport from football to basketball to karate and archery. Osceola County Softball Complex has five fields. Contact: Experience Kissimmee, Lake County Lake County is home to more than 1,000 lakes and is located just 30 minutes from Orlando. The county is also about an hour from both coasts of Florida. Hotel rooms: 2,750 Hotel tax rate: 10.5 percent Major facilities: National Training Center has five multi-purpose fields, an Olympic-size pool, and a track and field complex. The Big House includes 16 vol- leyball courts and nine basketball courts. Legends Way Ballfields offers five softball fields and one championship field with seating for 1,200. Sleepy Hollow Rec- reation Complex has four softball fields, two baseball fields and two soccer/football fields. Contact: Lake County CVB, Lee County Lee County is situated in southwest Florida and includes the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. A relaxed, tropical feel welcomes visitors along with an excellent selection of facilities. Hotel rooms: 10,000 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: CenturyLink Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium offers mul- tiple baseball and softball fields. JetBlue Park offers multiple baseball fields. Ger- main Arena has three full hockey rinks that can be converted to host most any indoor sport. Cape Coral Sports Complex is a 52-acre park with five softball fields, five soccer fields and four baseball fields. Contact: Lee County Sports Develop- ment, Naples The Naples area of southwest Florida is frequently called Florida's Paradise Coast. Adventure seekers will appreciate the city as it's just 20 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from the Everglades. Hotel rooms: 8,000+ Major facilities: North Collier Regional Park features eight multi-purpose fields and five softball fields, as well as one gym. Veterans Community Park hosts softball and youth baseball. Vineyards Community Park has two softball fields, four soccer fields, four tennis courts and two basketball courts. Contact: Naples, Marco Island, Ever- glades CVB, Ocala Ocala is centrally located in Florida just off I-75. The area is recognized as the Horse Capital of the World. Hotel rooms: 4,041 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: Rotary Sportsplex includes 11 baseball fields, four soccer fields and one multi-purpose field. Ocala Regional Sportsplex has four adult baseball fields, four soccer fields, one multi-purpose field, two sand volleyball courts and two basketball courts. Florida Horse Park offers 500 acres of green space. Contact: Ocala/Marion County Sports Commission/CVB, www.Sports.Ocala See Ad On Page 46 Orlando/Central Florida Orlando is situated in the heart of Florida. Here, there's always lots to do pre- and post-event with 12 major attractions and theme parks. In 2017, the area will welcome the new United States Tennis As- sociation National Campus — which will house 100 indoor/outdoor courts — and Orlando City Soccer Stadium. Hotel rooms: 118,000+ in Orange County; 3,400 in North Seminole County Hotel tax rate: ranges from 11.5 to 12 percent, depending on location Major facilities: Amway Center is a multi-purpose indoor venue with a seating capacity of 20,000. Camping World Stadium is a 70,000-seat football stadium. Opened in May 2016, Seminole County Sports Complex features 15 fields. Sanlan- do Park has 25 lighted hard-court tennis courts. Convention center: The Orange County Convention Center boasts 2.1 million square feet of continuous space and hosts several sporting events annually, including AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships, USA Volleyball Florida Region Championships and youth basket- ball tournaments. Contact: Central Florida Sports Com- mission, Cheer and Dance in Daytona Beach F L O R I D A t Daytona Beach Area CVB

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