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MAR 2017

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Hotels: Approximately 12 properties Major facility: Nothin' but Net Sports Complex offers five hardwood courts for basketball, volleyball and futsal. Contact: Clermont County CVB, www.visitclermontohio.com Columbus The capital and largest city in the state, Columbus is centrally located and known as a leading sports destination. Hotel rooms: 4,000 Major facilities: Nationwide Arena is an 18,000-seat multipurpose venue. MAPFRE Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of 22,500 that can also host football and lacrosse. Ohio State University offers the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Ohio Stadium (foot- ball), Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (track and field, soccer and lacrosse) and the 4,450-seat Bill Davis Stadium (base- ball). Huntington Park is a Minor League ballpark. Convention center: The 1.8 million- square-foot Greater Columbus Con- vention Center is in the midst of a $125 million expansion and full renovation that is expected to be completed by July. The facility is connected by enclosed walk- way to five hotels. Contact: Greater Columbus Sports Commission, www.columbussports.org Cleveland Cleveland sits on the southern shores of Lake Erie, about 60 miles from the Pennsylvania border. The city is home to three major professional sporting venues that are within walking distance from each other. Hotel rooms: 4,698 downtown; 24,000 in greater Cleveland Hotel tax rate: 16.5 percent Major facilities: Progressive Field is a 35,225-seat ballpark. Quicken Loans Arena houses one court and one field or ice rink. FirstEnergy Stadium is a 73,200- seat football stadium. Wolstein Center has one court and seats 13,610. Convention center: Huntington Con- vention Center of Cleveland has been used for multiple sporting events such as volleyball and fencing. Contact: Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, www.clevelandsports.org Clinton County Clinton County is conveniently locat- ed between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. The area has hosted gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, softball, baseball, football, basketball, racing, equestrian, running cycling and martial arts. Hotel rooms: 450+ Major facilities: Roberts Conference Centre is an 80,000-square-foot multi- purpose facility. Wilmington City Parks include seven baseball/softball fields, two lighted tennis courts and three grass soccer fields. Blanchester Parks has four baseball/softball fields. Convention center: Roberts Confer- ence Centre hosts events such as gymnas- tics, wrestling and dance. Contact: Clinton County CVB, www.clintoncountyohio.com Dayton Dayton sits in Montgomery County at the Crossroads of America, the intersection of I-75 North/South and I-70 East/West. Multiple venues can be found here, such as the University of Dayton Arena and the Dayton Convention Center. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Major facilities: The University of Dayton Arena is a multipurpose venue that can seat 13,000+. Hara Arena houses an ice rink. Welcome Stadium is an 11,000-seat multipurpose stadium that hosts football and track and field. James S. Trent Arena is a multipurpose arena that can seat up to 4,400. Kettering Fields Softball Complex contains 14 fields. Convention center: The Dayton Con- vention Center houses 150,000 square feet of space on three levels. The facility is connected via skywalk to a hotel and parking garage. Contact: Dayton/Montgomery County CVB, www.daytoncvb.com Dublin Dublin sits 15 minutes from downtown Co- lumbus with easy access to Port Columbus International Airport and major highways. The city's quaint historic district offers a walkable setting. Hotel rooms: 2,000+ Hotel tax rate: 17.5 percent Major facilities: Darree Fields Park has 13 soccer fields and seven baseball fields. Avery Park consists of 15 soccer fields, five baseball fields and four softball fields. Chiller Dublin houses two full sheets of ice. SportsOhio features three indoor soc- cer fields, four indoor lacrosse/field hockey fields, 15 outdoor soccer fields and a par-3 golf course. Three high schools also offer stadiums for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey and a track. Contact: Dublin CVB, www.irish isanattitude.com ► March 2017 62 www.sportseventsmagazine.com t DON'T MISS: Signs, Signs, Everywhere Is Signs Cincinnati's American Sign Museum invites visi- tors to take a walk down memory lane and expe- rience the only public sign museum in America. With late-1800s pre-electric signs and iconic American symbols such as the McDonald's arches, the American Sign Museum reflects the history, technology, commerce and culture of our communi- ties. Plus, the American Sign Museum is growing! This year, the American Sign Museum expects to double in size with a dedication to cutting-edge digital and LED technology, which won't up the museum's electric bill. n Photo courtesy of CincinnatiUSA.com O H I O

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