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August 2017 50 www.sportseventsmagazine.com M A S S A C H U S E T T S t Hotel rooms: 6,100 Hotel tax rate: 11.7 percent Major facilities: Bowditch Athletic Complex is the largest stadium between Boston and Worcester and seats 4,000, hosting football, soccer, lacrosse, track, baseball, tennis and basketball. TEAM- WORKS is a 70,000-square-foot indoor facility with four indoor-turf fields. The New England Baseball Complex has three lighted fields also suitable for softball, soccer and lacrosse. Contact: MetroWest Visitors Bureau, www.metrowestvisitors.org Springfield In western Massachusetts in Springfield, the city has a rich sports history as it's the birthplace of basketball and volleyball. Hotel rooms: 1,026 downtown; 2,198 within five miles; 3,063 within 10 miles. Hotel tax rate: 13.45 percent Major facilities: William D. Mullins Memorial Center is a 9,493-seat arena. Wahconah Park is a 4,500-seat ballpark. Eastern States Exposition is a 175-acre facility with 355,000 square feet of space on one level, including a 5,000-seat arena and outdoor space. Convention center: MassMutual Center boasts an 8,000-seat arena and 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The facility has hosted basketball and gymnastics. Contact: Greater Springfield CVB/West- ern Massachusetts Sports Commission, www.valleyvisitor.com Worcester Worcester is located in central Massachu- setts. The city is the second-largest city in New England, with three major airports within an hour drive. Hotel rooms: 961 Hotel tax rate: 14.45 percent Major facilities: DCU Center is a 14,800-seat multipurpose facility. Ha- nover Insurance Park at Fitton Field is a 3,000-seat ballpark. Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium is a 4,000-seat football stadium. Lake Quinsigamond hosts major regattas annually. Coming soon: Worcester Ice Center will offer twin ice rinks when it opens in August. Contact: Discover Central Massachu- setts, www.discovercentralma.org n BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Springfield, Massachusetts, is the birthplace of basketball and so it's fitting as the home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Located on the banks of the Connecticut River, the museum features nearly three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. The facility celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. A Pirates Life The Whydah Pirate Museum located just outside Cape Cod is a new 12,000-square- foot museum. The Whydah was a fully rigged galley ship built by the British to travel between Africa, the Caribbean and Great Britain. During one of its voyages in 1717, it was captured by the famed pirate Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. Some years later, the Whydah's real pirate treasure was unearthed by Provincetown resident Barry Clifford and for the first time ever, it is on display. The museum is an attrac- tion for all ages where visitors can touch, see and learn all about pirate history. n DON'T MISS: Photo courtesy of Whydah Pirate Museum Figure Skating in Cape Cod Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

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