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AUG 2017

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t August 2017 51 Albany In Southwest Georgia is Albany. The city offers a wide array of sports facilities, such as the newly renovated Gordon Sports Complex. Hotel rooms: 2,360 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent Major facilities: 8th Avenue has three baseball fields. Paul Eames Sports Complex houses baseball fields. Albany James H. Gray, Sr. Civic Center hosts basketball, boxing, fencing, football and volleyball. The YMCA Sports Complex offers facilities for archery, badminton, boxing, wrestling, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Gordon Park has five softball fields. Contact: Albany CVB, www.visital- Alpharetta With its well-manicured, multipurpose facilities and numerous entertainment opportunities for families and teams, Alpharetta has the perfect mix of play and fun. Alpharetta has everything a sports organizer requires for a week-long or week- end tournament, with access to more than 200 fields and facilities, 300 things to do in the area, more than 200 dining options, 750 acres of parkland, and 23 hotels, the city is both affordable and upscale. Hotel rooms: 2,763 Hotel tax rate: 15.75 percent plus $5 per room, per night Major facilities: North Park includes seven lighted tennis courts, two multipur- pose synthetic-turf fields and eight lighted softball fields. The Cooler has two ice arenas and one roller arena. Wills Park is 110-acres with seven grass baseball fields, one synthetic-turf baseball field and two T-ball fields. Windward Lake Club features 30 tennis courts. Convention center: The Alpharetta Convention Center will open in January 2018. Indoor and mat sports are a consider- ation for this new space. Contact: Alpharetta CVB, ► Southern hospitality meets sports perfection in Georgia. This Southern state offers a mild climate for events year-round, along with world-class desti- nations, attractions, facilities and restaurants. That's why the Peach State has been home to a full range of sports for years. "For decades, Georgia has host- ed numerous sporting events both big and small, including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, SEC Football Championships, NCAA Men's Final Four, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and many more," said Emily Murray, senior commu- nications specialist for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "In 2019, Atlanta will host its third Super Bowl with Super Bowl LIII at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Whether you're a runner, a lacrosse fan, a gymnast or a baseball and softball enthusiast, Georgia is a great destination to support your team!" n Ironman in Augusta ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: GEORGIA This Place Rocks! Gordon County's The ROCK Garden— formerly referred to as The Garden—is as unique as it is beautiful. The ROCK Garden is volunteer-built folk art with flowers and greenery and more than 50 diminutive buildings. The structures are crafted from small items such as tiny stones, pebbles, shells, broken glass, china, ceramic tile and wire. n Augusta CVB MUST SEE: Photo courtesy of Andy Baxter Photography

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