SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2017

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March 2017 72 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Lynchburg Lynchburg sits amid the Blue Ridge Moun- tains and along the James River. The region is home to four collegiate athletic programs, Minor League baseball and numerous city recreational and athletic facilities. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Hotel tax rate: 10.8 percent plus $1 per room, per night Major facilities: Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts contains 18 courts. Kam- phuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium at Liberty University includes 1,000 seats. Liberty University Baseball Stadium is a 2,500-seat venue. Lynchburg City Stadi- um Complex hosts baseball and football. Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex features an eight-lane track. Contact: Lynchburg Regional CVB, www.lynchburgvirginia.org Martinsville Martinsville is located in Henry County in southern Virginia. The area offers a wide variety of sporting venues such as the his- toric Martinsville Speedway and the Smith River Sports Complex. Hotel rooms: 673 Major facilities: Martinsville Speedway accommodates NASCAR. Smith River Sports Complex hosts soccer, lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, field hockey, T-ball and football. Contact: Martinsville/Henry County Tourism Office, www.visitmartinsville.com Montgomery County Montgomery County is part of the Blacks- burg/Christiansburg metro area in south- west Virginia. Hotels: 10+ properties Major facilities: Virginia Tech offers facilities for baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Harkrader Sports Complex has three multipurpose fields. The Christiansburg Aquatic Center houses three pools. Contact: Montgomery County VA Regional Tourism, www.gotomontva.com Norfolk Norfolk, in eastern Virginia, offers a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities as well as a number of hotels and family-oriented activities for pre- or post-event fun. Hotel rooms: 5,200 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Scope Arena & Exhibition Halls has a 25,651-square-foot arena floor and seating for 12,000. Ted Constant Convocation Center houses a 23,000-square-foot arena floor, seating for 10,000 and a multipurpose room with more than 9,000-square-feet of space. Harbor Park is a 12,000-seat Minor League ballpark. Old Dominion University offers facilities for football, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and basketball. Norfolk State University offers facilities for football, track, basketball, baseball and softball. Contact: Visit Norfolk, www.visit norfolk.com Prince William County Prince William County has 11 golf courses for public play, along with two indoor Olympic pools, an ice arena and a host of fields for softball, baseball and soccer. Two rivers also make the area a great location for crew and kayak competitions. Hotels: 40+ properties Major facilities: Ben Lomond Regional Park has soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts and sand volleyball courts. Free- dom Aquatics and Fitness Center houses a 50-meter competition pool. Veterans Me- morial Park features an indoor basketball court, volleyball courts, tennis courts and a 7,200-square-foot skateboard facility. Contact: Prince William/Manassas CVB, www.discoverpwm.com Richmond From lacrosse to swimming, Richmond has a venue to host it. The state capital is home to the largest convention center in the state. Hotel rooms: 18,000 Major facilities: River City Sports- plex features 12 all-weather turf fields. Collegiate School Aquatics Center has a 50-meter competition pool. Ukrop Park is a 45.5-acre complex with seven light- ed athletic fields and a full-scale aquatic center. Richmond Coliseum is a multipur- pose 50,000-square-foot arena. RF&P Park contains three youth softball fields, one 13-and-up baseball field, three 12-and-un- der baseball fields and two football/soccer fields. Convention center: The Greater Rich- mond Convention Center boasts 178,000 square feet of contiguous space. The venue has hosted sports including cheer and dance, volleyball, fencing, gymnastics and FAIRFAX COUNTY Fresh off the successful host- ing of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, which featured 10,000-plus athletes from 68 countries participating in 60 sports over 10 days, Fairfax County, Virginia boasts 80 turf fields throughout the county, including Mason District Park, pictured here, that allow for year-round play. Other notable facilities include the two-rink SkateQuest and the NOVA Field House, which has two adjacent indoor turf fields and an NBA basketball court. n V I R G I N I A & D . C . t Don Sweeney

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