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AUG 2017

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Page 48 of 67 August 2017 49 M A S S A C H U S E T T S t The region is an appealing destination thanks to its unique blend of location, facil- ities and family activities. The area offers facilities for soccer, lacrosse and golf, as well as areas for cross country races. Hotel rooms: 850 Major facilities: Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields include 16 fields. Fitchburg State University offers an indoor gym and pool, a turf football field, a baseball field and a softball field. Wachusett Moun- tain Ski Area is known for skiing and snowboarding. Game On is a new soccer complex with nine outdoor fields and three indoor fields. Contact: Johnny Appleseed Country, Marlborough With the most concentrated arrangement of hotels west of Boston and restaurants representing the cultural mix of the city, Marlborough is a natural place to host a sporting event. Hotel rooms: 1,655 Hotel tax rate: 11.7 percent Major facilities: The New England Sports Center will be the largest indoor skating facility in North America with two new rinks being built by Fall 2017, for a total of eight ice rinks. ForeKicks has seven indoor sports fields, two pro basketball courts, two futsal courts, four volleyball courts and two outdoor lighted fields. Yawkey Sports Training Center is the headquarters of Special Olympics Mas- sachusetts and features one full-size gym and a soccer field. Williams Street Baseball Fields has three baseball fields. All Star Sports Academy is an indoor baseball/soft- ball training facility. Navin Arena houses a full-size hockey rink. Ghiloni Park hosts soccer, baseball, softball, sand volleyball, basketball, skateboarding and track. Contact: Visit Marlborough, Merrimack Valley The Greater Merrimack Valley is just a half- hour drive northwest of Boston. The area, which is known for skiing, biking and fish- ing, offers two premiere sporting venues: the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell and the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Hotel rooms: 7,500 Major facilities: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell is a multipurpose venue with a seating capacity of 8,000, depending on the event. Lowell Memorial Auditorium can seat 3,000. UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse has access to the Merrimack River for rowing events. Edward A. Lelacheur Park is home to the Lowell Spinners and can seat up to 5,000. The ballpark can be used for banquets, concerts and more. Contact: Greater Merrimack Valley CVB, MetroWest MetroWest comprises numerous cities and towns and is just a 20- to 40-minute drive from Boston or Worcester. Its location makes it a big draw for the region. ► GAME ON h u n d r e d s o f ve n u e s ye a r - ro u n d eve n t s Find the perfect venue for your next sporting event in Massachusetts. Start planning now at skiing f o ot b a l l ka y a k i n g go l f r u n n i ng ba s e ba l l b m x v ol le y b a l l l ac r o s se c yc l i n g s a i l i ng h o c k ey a r c h e r y y o u n a m e i t. LET'S GO

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