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MAR 2017

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March 2017 64 www.sportseventsmagazine.com O H I O t Greene County Greene County is in southwest Ohio, just east of Dayton. The area boasts a 100- acre soccer complex and a 12,000-seat arena among its many venue offerings. Hotel rooms: 2,200 Major facilities: The Wright State University Nutter Center is a 12,000- seat multipurpose arena. John Ankeney Soccer Complex is a 100-acre venue. Hobson Freedom Park is a 45-acre soccer complex. The Athletes in Action Sports Complex is a synthetic-turf complex. Contact: Greene County Ohio CVB, www.greenecountyohio.org Hancock County Hancock County offers great sporting facilities and plenty of attractions for the whole family. Hotel rooms: 1,200 Hotel tax rate: 16.75 percent Major facilities: Marathon Diamonds has five ballfields. Miracle Field has one field. Findlay Country Club Golf Course houses 18 holes. Emory Adams offers 14 youth diamonds and 16-plus soccer fields. Riverside Pool is a 10-lane, 50-meter pool. The Cube has one sheet of ice. Contact: Hancock County CVB, www.visitfindlay.com Lake Erie Less than an hour's drive from both Cleveland and Toledo, and easily acces- sible via the Ohio Turnpike, Lake Erie Shores & Islands has the capability to host numerous sports. The destination is a natural venue for fishing tournaments, sailing regattas and other outdoor sports. Hotel rooms: 8,000 Hotel tax rate: 11.5 percent to 12.75 percent, depending on location Major facilities: Lake Erie accommo- dates water-based sports such as fishing, sailing and water skiing. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions houses 210,000 square feet of indoor function space and 890 hotel rooms. The new Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center offers fields for soccer, baseball and lacrosse. Contact: Lake Erie Shores & Islands, www.shoresandislands.com See sponsorship on page 28 Licking County Licking County is part of the Columbus metro area in the central part of the state. The county offers baseball diamonds, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, golf courses and an ice arena. Hotel rooms: 1,101 Hotel tax rate: 10 percent; Newark and Heath require an additional 3 percent Major facilities: Don Edwards Park has four ballfields. The Newark Area Soccer Association boasts 20 fields that can also accommodate lacrosse. Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena offers a rink. Contact: Explore Licking County, www.explorelc.org Lima Lima is in western Ohio. The city is home to the 135-acre Allen County Fairgrounds and the Veterans Memorial Civic & Con- vention Center. Hotel rooms: 1,000+ Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: The Allen County Sports Facility offers 135 acres of flexi- ble, multi-use space. Convention center: The 57,000- square-foot Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center houses an Exhibit Butler County Visitors Bureau BUTLER COUNTY Swimming, cycling and running through scenic Butler County brings participants to the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships at Voice of America MetroPark each year. With Miami University in Oxford and some of the best high school facilities in the state of Ohio — and just 20 miles north of Cincinna- ti — Butler County has hosted major events from archery to synchronized swimming. n Soccer in Miami County

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