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AUG 2017

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August 2017 52 Athens Athens is a vibrant college town in north- east Georgia. Hotel rooms: 1,400 downtown; 2,325 countywide; 586 in development Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $5 per room, per night Major facilities: Stegeman Coliseum is a 10,523-seat multipurpose indoor venue. Ramsey Student Center has eight basketball courts, nine volleyball courts and a 50-me- ter competition pool. Holland Youth Sports Complex features five baseball fields, one softball field and four soccer fields. Ath- ens-Clarke County Tennis Center features 12 outdoor courts. Bishop Park consists of one baseball field, two softball fields and 11 tennis courts. Convention center: The Classic Center hosts several sporting events each year, including hockey, pickleball and cheerlead- ing. Contact: Athens CVB, www.visit Atlanta Sports fans have much to celebrate in At- lanta in 2017 with the opening of SunTrust Park as the new home of the Atlanta Braves and the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Sta- dium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Major League Soccer has ushered in a new era of sports in the city with the introduction of Atlanta United FC. Hotel rooms: 95,600 in metro area; 11,800 downtown Hotel tax rate: 16.9 percent Major facilities: Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multipurpose indoor venue with a seating capacity of up to 83,000 depending on the event. Philips Arena is a multipurpose venue that can seat 18,118 for basketball games. SunTrust Park is a 41,149-seat ballpark. Convention center: The Georgia World Congress Center is the fourth-largest convention center in the country with 3.9 million total square feet. The Center is part of a three-facility campus, including Cen- tennial Olympic Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and hosts sports such as basketball and wrestling. Contact: Atlanta CVB, Augusta Augusta is located on the Savannah River near the South Carolina border. While the city is well known for golf, it offers great opportunities for practically all sports. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $5 and $1 fees per room, per night Major facilities: The Savannah River has been the site of the IRONMAN 70.3. Riverview Park features nine baseball/ softball fields, four basketball courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, one football field, seven soccer fields and seven tennis courts. Newman Tennis Center offers 18 hard courts. The Augusta Aquatics Center has a 50-meter pool and 26-meter pool. Diamond Lakes Regional Park has nine baseball/soft- ball fields and eight tennis courts. Patriots Park features 11 baseball/softball fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, five soccer fields and nine tennis courts. Convention center: Connected to the Augusta Marriott on the Savannah River, The Augusta Convention Center includes 100,000 square feet of space. Sporting events such as the Nike National Basketball Tournament have utilized the facility. Contact: Augusta CVB, www.visit or Augusta Sports Council, Cartersville Cartersville sits on the northeast edge of the Atlanta metro area. This small town combines the new LakePoint Sporting Community with six additional sports parks for 125 places to get your game on. Hotel rooms: 1,600 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent Major facilities: LakePoint Sporting Community has more than 1,200 acres, featuring venues for more than 20 sports. The LakePoint Champions Center offers 170,000 square feet of space, including 12 hardwood basketball courts that convert to 24 volleyball courts that can also accom- modate martial arts and cheerleading. The Clarence Brown Conference Center has OTHER SPORTS DESTINATIONS JUST DON'T COMPETE. ©201 7 Cobb Travel & Tourism G E O R G I A t

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