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MAR 2017

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Page 64 of 75 March 2017 65 Hall that can be configured into multi-use spaces. Contact: Lima Allen County CVB, Lorain County In north-central Ohio is Lorain County. The area is situated on the shores of Lake Erie and is a popular spot for everything from fishing tournaments to mountain bike races. Hotel rooms: 1,755 Major facilities: Lost Nation Sports Park West is a multi-sport facility that can host a variety of sports including football, soccer, baseball and softball. Sprenger Stadium is a lighted, multi-use baseball facility with permanent seating for 3,000 and room for 2,000 additional seats. Victory Park Ohio is a 67-acre park that features eight professional lighted baseball/softball fields, one lighted high school baseball field, one lighted Little League field, four outdoor sand volleyball courts and nine outdoor international-size soccer fields. The 77- acre Oberlin Sports Complex features an aquatic center, baseball fields and football/soccer fields. Contact: Visit Lorain County, Miami County Miami County is located 20 minutes north of Dayton and the Dayton Interna- tional Airport. The accessibility of the county without big-city congestion is appealing. In fact, Miami's three largest communities, Tipp, Troy and Piqua, are located right off I-75. Hotel rooms: 860 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: The newly renovated Hobart Arena offers 77,000 square feet with a 15,785-square-foot arena floor. Kyle Park has 10 soccer fields of varying sizes. Duke Park includes five youth soccer fields, two baseball fields and three softball fields. Contact: Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau, www.home Springfield Springfield is in southwest Ohio. The city is no more than 90 miles from three major international airports and sits in proximity to three major interstates. Hotels: 13+ properties Major facilities: Buck Creek State Park encompasses nearly 1,900 acres of land and a 2,120 acre lake, a sand beach, cycling trails and a marina. Nine golf courses are also in Greater Springfield. Contact: Visit Greater Springfield, Toledo Venues are plentiful in Toledo, a city in northwest Ohio. The University of Tole- do offers venues for baseball, basketball, football, swimming, softball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Major facilities: Fifth Third Field hosts baseball. Huntington Center accommodates hockey. Owens Community College offers facilities for baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Pacesetter Park is a multipurpose facility with eight baseball diamonds, 25-plus soccer fields and up to three lacrosse fields. Convention center: SeaGate Conven- tion Centre is attached to the Huntington Center and is directly across the street from Fifth Third Field. The facility hosts basketball, volleyball, wrestling, cheer and dance, judo and gymnastics. Contact: Destination Toledo, Inc. Warren County Warren County sits between two inter- national airports, each within 30 miles of the county's borders. The area offers top-notch sports facilities such as Lindner Family Tennis Center and Lebanon Sports Complex. Hotel rooms: 3,718 Hotel tax rate: 12.5 percent Major facilities: Lindner Family Tennis Center houses 16 courts and four stadiums. Lebanon Sports Complex features 32 multipurpose rectangular fields. Mason Sports Park has five ball diamonds and two multipurpose fields. Courts4Sports includes six basketball/ volleyball courts. Corwin M. Nixon Park has four ball diamonds and eight rectan- gular fields. Heritage Oak Park consists of 12 rectangular fields. Convention center: Great Wolf Lodge has 40,000 square feet of space and has hosted cheer and dance events. Contact: Warren County CVB, n O H I O t Northeast Ohio Basketball Association AKRON Akron lies in the rolling hills along the shores of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, and draws sports fans to events like the King James Shooting Stars Classic — re-named the Dru Joyce Shooting Stars Classic for 2017 — that welcomes nearly 600 teams from across the U.S., as well as the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, the Bridgestone Invitational and the Akron Marathon among others. n

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