SportsEvents Magazine

FEB 2017

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Page 30 of 59 February 2017 31 Asheville Asheville is situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The breathtaking moun- tain scenery provides an ideal backdrop for sporting events. Hotel rooms: 7,500+ Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: U.S. Cellular Center has a recently renovated 6,300-seat arena and 25,000 square feet of event space. Kimmel Arena is a multipurpose indoor venue. John B. Lewis Soccer Complex includes four turf soccer fields and two baseball fields. Bun- combe County Sports Park features seven soccer fields, a sand beach volleyball court and a disc golf course. McCormick Field is a 4,000- seat ballpark. Asheville Racquet Club boasts 46 indoor and outdoor courts. Contact: Asheville CVB, Explore Burlington Burlington, in the central part of the state, offers facilities that can host a variety of sports including baseball, softball, soccer, disc golf and tennis, just to name a few. There are two new sports parks being built in the county, Graham Regional Park and one in Mebane. Hotel rooms: 1,697 Hotel tax rate: 9.75 percent ► From big cities to small towns, the moun- tains to the coast, North Carolina is a world- class sports destination with facilities ready to host. The Tar Heel State's world-class venues also come with a serious helping of sports fans. "North Carolina can provide the perfect location for any sports event, from amateur events to international champion- ships, with its array of quality facilities and unique venues," said Eleanor Talley, tourism PR manager for Visit North Carolina. n See Ad On Page 37 The soul of NASCAR lives in Cabarras County, home to the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the Coca-Cola 600 roars to life each Memorial Day Weekend. It is also home and headquarters for eight of the past 10 NASCAR champions. ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: NORTH CAROLINA WHAT TO SEE: The BBQ Trail Greenville and Pitt County are home to three delicious restaurants on the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail. Skylight Inn in Ayden, B's Barbecue in Greenville, and Jack Cobb & Son in Farmville all serve up authentic Eastern North Carolina whole hog barbecue seasoned with the traditional peppery vinegar sauce. n Cabarras County CVB

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