SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2017

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t March 2017 60 Akron In northeast Ohio is Akron. The city is full of family-friendly attractions like the Akron Art Museum, Akron Zoo and Akron Children's Museum. Hotel rooms: 5,500+ Hotel tax rate: 15.25 percent Major facilities: Firestone Stadium offers two fields. InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron is a 30,000- seat football stadium. Pinnacle Soccer Complex is a 120,000-square-foot soccer venue. Convention center: John S. Knight Center has hosted all sorts of sports, including cheerleading, roller derby, martial arts, karate and gymnastics. Contact: Akron/Summit CVB, See Ad On Page 63 Bowling Green Bowling Green is near Toledo in northern Ohio. As home to Bowling Green State University, the city offers a number of collegiate facilities. Hotel rooms: 500 Hotel tax rate: 9 percent Major facilities: Bowling Green State University has facilities to accommodate basketball, ice hockey, football, track, soccer, golf, baseball, tennis, swimming, rugby, baseball and softball. Contact: Bowling Green CVB, Butler County Between Cincinnati and Dayton is Butler County. The area sits between two international airports, Dayton Interna- tional and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky With the Appalachian Mountains and more than 50 rivers, Ohio's nat- ural offerings are as vast as its state- of-the-art facilities. From Cleveland to Cincinnati, Toledo to Canton, the Buckeye State has everything needed to host a successful event. "Ohio hosts some great events and the landscape is ideal," said Mark Gorman, owner/athlete of Ohio Outside. "People seem to think of Ohio as flat but it has some really challenging terrain. We are also blessed with some incredible state parks, national forests and national parks that are ideal for running, cycling and all sorts of outdoor activities." n ◄ Marathon in Lake Erie SITE SELECTION GUIDE: OHIO Ohio's Playground Warren County is home to Kings Island Amusement and Water Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Midwest. The award-winning park has more than 80 rides and attractions, including the wooden roller coaster The Beast, and Diamondback, the tallest and fastest coaster at the park. n WHAT TO SEE: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Photo courtesy of Warren County CVB

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