SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2017

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March 2017 70 V I R G I N I A & D . C . t is a 90,000-square-foot dual-rink skating complex. Contact: Visit Chesapeake, www. Fairfax County Fairfax County is located in northern Vir- ginia, within minutes of Washington, D.C. Three airports, as well as major roadways and public transportation, make it conve- nient to get in and around the county. Hotel rooms: 18,000+ Major facilities: EagleBank Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose facility. Fairfax County Parks and Schools offer more than 80 rectangular and diamond synthetic-turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, field hockey and baseball. George Mason Uni- versity has a stadium with track, a baseball/ softball complex, a fieldhouse, basketball/ volleyball courts, a natatorium and multiple soccer fields. SkateQuest has two rinks. Contact: Visit Fairfax, See Ad On Page 71 Hampton In the heart of coastal Virginia is Hampton. The city's location on the Chesapeake Bay makes it an ideal setting for outdoor sports such as volleyball, BMX racing, sailing and rowing. Hotel rooms: 2,500 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $1 per room, per night Major facilities: The 135,000-square- foot Boo Williams Sportsplex is an indoor facility that accommodates sports such as basketball, indoor field hockey and volley- ball. Buckroe Beach can host a variety of outdoor sports including swimming, tri- athlons, beach volleyball, beach wrestling, beach rugby, sand soccer, dancing and cycling. Darling Stadium has an outdoor field and eight-lane track. Hampton Colise- um is a multipurpose indoor facility with a 26,263-square-foot arena floor. Convention center: The Hampton Roads Convention Center houses 102,600- square-feet of floor space and accommo- dates sports such as basketball, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling and cheerleading. Contact: Hampton CVB, www.visit Henrico County Henrico County is centrally located in Virginia and is home to great sports facili- ties including a baseball stadium, multiple sports complexes and a new organic-turf multipurpose field complex. Hotel rooms: 8,602 Hotel tax rate: 13.3 percent Major facilities: Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park seats about 800. Greenwood Park has four organic-turf fields. Dorey Park offers seven multipurpose fields, eight baseball/softball fields, an 18-hole disc golf course and fishing opportunities. Contact: County of Henrico, James City County James City County is part of the Greater Williamsburg area. Triathlons and outdoor athletic events are hosted at Jamestown Beach Event Park and Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Hotel rooms: 5,000+ Hotel tax rate: 11 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: The county offers a 3,000-seat stadium, 12 lighted multi-use fields, four small soccer fields, four full-size soccer fields, 13 baseball/softball fields and four T-ball fields. Contact: James City County, Lexington In western Virginia is Lexington. The area offers natural beauty and a number of water sports opportunities at Maury River and Cave Mountain Lake. Hotels: Approximately 21 properties Major facilities: Vista Links houses an 18-hole course. Glen Maury Park is a 315- acre city park that includes a skate park and tennis courts. Contact: VISITLEX, Loudoun County Loudoun County's close proximity to Washington, D.C., major airports and interstates makes it an easy choice as a sports destination in northern Virginia. The area is home to many champion- ship-level venues that welcome athletes of any age and sport. Hotel rooms: 5,700+ Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Morven Park is a 1,000-acre park with eight full-size grass soccer fields that can be configured to sup- port 10 fields for lacrosse and field hockey, seven for rugby, 32 flag football and 13 Ultimate Frisbee fields. Claude Moore Park & Sportsplex features five softball fields and two baseball fields. The 44-acre Ev- ergreen Sportsplex houses four FIFA One Star certification turf fields. Philip Bolen Park includes eight diamonds for baseball/ softball and eight full-size multi-sport fields for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football. Loudoun Sports Park is a 12-acre facility with two turf fields and one grass practice field. Ashburn Ice House has two NHL-size rinks. Contact: Visit Loudoun, www.visit ► WHAT TO SEE: Star Gazer The Roanoke Star is an iconic symbol of Virginia's Blue Ridge and a must-see spot when visiting the region. As the largest, free-standing, man-made, illuminated star in the world, the Roanoke Star is one of the most photographed attractions in the area and the scenic overlook at the base of the structure is a popular stop for an incredible view of the region. n Photo courtesy of Sam Dean Photography-Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

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