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MAR 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com March 2017 73 V I R G I N I A & D . C . t field hockey. Contact: Richmond Region Tourism, www.visitrichmondva.com Virginia Beach Virginia Beach is a family-friendly destina- tion with a number of state-of-the-art sports facilities, including more than 35 multipur- pose fields and miles of beautiful beaches. Hotel rooms: 12,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent for most of city; 15.5 percent for the Sandbridge area; all areas require $2 per room, per night Major facilities: Hampton Roads Soccer Complex features 19 grass-turf fields. Owl Creek Tennis Center is a 14-court facility. Princess Anne Athletic Complex has eight lighted softball fields and seven multipur- pose fields for sports such as football and soccer. The USA Regional Field Hockey Training Center houses two turf fields. Convention center: The Virginia Beach Convention Center is a LEED Gold facility with 150,000-square-feet of column-free space. The facility has hosted events such as the Shamrock Invitational and the National High School Coaches Wrestling Championships. Contact: Virginia Beach CVB, www.visitvirginiabeach.com Virginia's Blue Ridge Virginia's Blue Ridge includes the cities of Salem and Roanoke. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area offers a metro mountain mix of exciting adventure and refined culture in a beautiful location. Hotel rooms: 5,000+ Hotel tax rate: 11.3 percent Major facilities: Salem Stadium is a football facility. Salem Civic Center accommodates basketball, volleyball and mat events. Salem Memorial Ballpark is a Minor League ballpark. Green Hill Park accommodates soccer, lacrosse and rugby. River's Edge houses soccer fields. Berglund Center hosts ice hockey, basketball and mat events. Contact: City of Salem, www.salemva. gov; Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge, www.visitVBR.com/sports See Ad On Page 75 Williamsburg A favorite tourist destination, Greater Williamsburg includes Jamestown, Wil- liamsburg and Yorktown. The area offers a unique juxtaposition of contemporary and historical experiences for all ages. Hotel rooms: 8,717+ Hotel tax rate: 11 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: McReynolds Athletics Complex is a 70-acre park with 13 lighted athletic fields for soccer, baseball and soft- ball. Warhill Sports Complex houses three lighted youth baseball fields, one lighted majors baseball field, four T-ball fields and four turf soccer fields. Sandford B. Wanner Stadium is a 3,000-seat stadium that supports football, soccer and field hockey. Kiwanis Park has three lighted ball fields. Contact: Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, www.williamsburgcc.com Washington, D.C. As the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., may be best known as home to significant historical monuments, museums and build- ings. But the city is also home to major sports venues and eight major professional teams. Thanks to its venues, hotel options and attractions, the district plays host to many exciting events year-round. "Wash- ington, D.C., is a one-of-a-kind sports town with its iconic city skyline and monuments that play host to professional, amateur and collegiate events in versatile venues," said Danielle Davis, director of communications for Destination DC. Hotel rooms: 31,156 Hotel tax rate: 14.5 percent Major facilities: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (best known as RFK Stadium) accommodates both football and baseball. The Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium is an outdoor 15,000-square-foot facility that was designed by pro skater Geoff Rowley and California Skateparks. The DC Armory offers 70,000-square-feet of space and is an indoor multipurpose venue. Nationals Park is a 41,418-seat ballpark. Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multipurpose arena. Convention center: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center boasts 2.3 million square feet of space and can handle events of all sizes. Contact: Destination DC, www.washington.org n Surfing in Virginia Beach City of Virginia Beach

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