SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2017

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t March 2017 68 Kent County Kent County is home to the state capital, Dover. The area offers a convenient loca- tion less than a two-hour drive from Phila- delphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and unique venues for pre- or post-event entertainment. Hotel rooms: 2,000+ Hotel tax rate: 8 percent Major facility: Schutte Park offers four lighted softball fields and multipurpose fields. Coming soon: Opening in Spring 2017, the DE Turf Sports Complex will be an 85-acre, multipurpose complex that will feature 12 synthetic turf fields, centered by a 700-seat championship stadium. The fields will surround an indoor fieldhouse complex. Contact: Kent County CVB, Wilmington Location makes the Wilmington area a popular destination. Situated in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, midway between New York City and Washington, D.C., Wilming- ton is easily accessible. Hotel rooms: 6,015 Hotel tax rate: ranges from 8 to 10 percent, depending on location Major facilities: Frawley Stadium is a 3,000-seat Minor League ballpark. Kirk- wood Soccer Club offers 14 grass fields and one turf field. Bob Carpenter Sports Center is a 5,100-seat indoor arena. Tubby Raymond Field is a 23,000-seat football stadium. Fred Rust Ice Arena is a 2,500- seat Olympic-size ice arena. Delaware Sportsplex features 50,000-square-feet with six basketball/volleyball courts and 9,000- square-feet of turf. The Pond Ice Arena & Performance Center includes an NHL-size rink and Olympic-size rink. Convention center: Chase Center on the Riverfront has 87,000 square feet of flexible space. Contact: Greater Wilmington CVB, n There's a lot to appreciate about Delaware: pristine beaches, cute coastal towns, thriving metro areas and top- notch venues. And the First State's small size makes traveling to facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions a breeze. "The proximity of Delaware's sporting venues to each other, to major cities and to won- derful attractions is a huge part of the state's appeal as a host for events," said Nate Snodgrass, executive director for the Delaware Sports Commission. "From USA Women's basketball to USA Cycling, Slam Dunk to the Beach to the WNBA, Delaware knows how to make big events shine." n Football in Wilmington ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: DELAWARE WHAT TO SEE: Full of Steam The Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights boasts the world's largest collection of operating steam cars. On the first Sunday of the month from June through November, the cars are operational and visitors can take rides in the cars. n Tom Mairs Photo courtesy of Marshall Steam Museum

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