SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2017

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March 2017 52 Anaheim Anaheim is a southern California city located between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city is best known as the home to Disneyland. Hotel rooms: 17,000 within one mile of the Anaheim Convention Center and more than 8,000 within walking distance. Major facilities: Honda Center's arena encompasses 650,000 feet. Angels Stadium is a Major League ballpark with a capacity of 44,050. American Sports Centers-Ana- heim is a 242,000-square-foot facility with 34 volleyball courts that can be converted into 25 basketball or futsal courts. The Rinks houses NHL-size and Olympic-size rinks. Convention center: The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West Coast with 1.6 million- square-feet of total space. Contact: Sports Anaheim, www.visit Bakersfield Bakersfield is located in south-central California. Approximately 90 percent of the state's population is within a four-hour drive of the city. Hotel rooms: 5,500 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Kern County Soccer Park has 24 regulation-size fields and parking for more than 5,000 vehicles. State Farm Sports Village includes four football fields, 10 baseball/softball fields, 16 soccer fields and an indoor gym. The 14-acre Aera Park consists of 11 lighted fields. Mesa Marin Softball Complex features four light- ed softball fields. The Amgen Tour of California, the Rose Bowl, NASCAR, Breeder's Cup, Formula One, IndyCar, the U.S. Open of Surfing, PGA — the list of sporting events held in California goes on and on. And it's no wonder since the Golden State offers everything from warm beaches to snow-covered mountains. "California is the perfect location for any sporting event and every age group," said Jennifer Sweeney, director of public relations for Visit California. "Post-competition, ath- letes can enjoy our beaches, mountains, vine- yards and dynamic urban center. Another great thing about holding events here is that there's no bad time to visit — our ideal climate makes the state the perfect venue for sporting events any time of year." n Swimming in Placer Valley ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: CALIFORNIA WHAT TO SEE: Interactive Museum The name of the game is fun at the ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum. The museum houses all sorts of exhibits for kids of all ages, including a glass-walled paint room, "U-Fix-It" Garage and an outdoor ensemble of large instruments. n Lang Lew Photography Photo courtesy of Visalia CVB

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