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MAR 2017

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March 2017 56 www.sportseventsmagazine.com C A L I F O R N I A t Redding Redding is in far northern California with a landscape that boasts beautiful painted dunes and granite spires. Surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public land, the area is a top destination for out- door sports. Hotel rooms: 2,500+ Hotel tax rate: 12.06 percent Major facilities: Big League Dreams features replicas of three historic Major League Baseball stadiums. Redding Soccer Park is a 22-acre soccer facility with four all-weather, synthetic-turf, NCAA-regula- tion-size lighted fields. Redding Aquatic Center features an Olympic-size pool. Contact: Redding CVB, www.visit redding.com Sacramento Sacramento, the state capital, sits in the heart of California. Every year, the city hosts a number of high-profile sports events and is a popular spot for sports such as fish- ing, golfing, cycling, skating and skiing. Hotel rooms: 16,000 Hotel tax rate: 14.27 percent to 15.27 percent depending on hotel Major facilities: Golden 1 Center is a 700,000-square-foot multipurpose arena. The 11,000-seat Bonney Field hosts soccer. Raley Field is a 11,092-seat ballpark. Sac- ramento Softball and Volleyball Complex has four lighted softball diamonds and four lighted sand volleyball courts. Cherry Island Soccer Complex features 10 fields on 16 acres. Convention center: The Sacramento Convention Center includes 137,000 square feet of contiguous space and hosts sports such as volleyball and cheer and dance. Contact: Sacramento Sports Commis- sion, www.sacsports.com San Diego With year-round mild weather, a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, and plenty of local sports fans, San Diego is a popular sporting event destination for organizers and participants alike. On the coast of the Pacific Ocean in southern California, San Diego hosts many major sporting events, including the Farmers Insurance Open, Poinsettia Bowl and Surf Cup. Hotel rooms: 60,000+ Major facilities: Petco Park is a 42,445- seat Major League ballpark. Qualcomm Stadium is a 70,000-plus-seat football stadium. Valley View Casino Center is a multi-use venue that can accommodate ice hockey, figure skating, basketball, indoor soccer, boxing, wrestling and other indoor sports. The United States Olympic Training Center features state-of-the-art facilities for archery, track and field, BMX racing and field sports such as soccer, rugby and field hockey. Convention center: Located downtown, the San Diego Convention Center offers 525,701-square-feet of contiguous space and panoramic views of the city and the San Diego Bay. Contact: San Diego Sports Commission, www.sdsportscommission.com San Mateo County/Silicon Valley San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley boasts nearly 90 miles of San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean coastlines. The area has played host to major sports events such as the U.S. Open and the Divas Half Marathon & 5K. Hotel rooms: 16,000+ ► Fairplex FAIRPLEX Formerly known as the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Fairplex covers 487 acres and serves as host to all sorts of events including the Modern Pentathlon World Cup, held this year for the first time since the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. n SANTA ROSA Santa Rosa is where wine country and sports come together, whether it is Santa Rosa Marathon runners cruising through DeLoach Barrel Cellar during the first leg of their run, hockey players and figure skaters gliding on Snoopy's Home Ice, a rink built by Charles Schulz, (creator of the Peanuts), or cyclists pedaling through beautiful vineyards with Levi Leipheimer. n

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