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AUG 2017

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August 2017 56 G E O R G I A t Gwinnett County Gwinnett County is located just 30 minutes north of downtown Atlanta and is easily accessible from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as well as I-85. Gwin- nett is home to some of the state's premier sports facilities, including the Infinite Energy Arena and the Suwanee Sports Academy. Hotel rooms: 11,000 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent plus $5 per room, per night Major facilities: Infinite Energy Arena is a 13,000-seat multipurpose arena. Infinite Energy Arena has a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall. Suwanee Sports Academy is a 100,000-square-foot multipurpose facility with seven regulation NBA courts. Coolray Field is a 10,427-seat Minor League ballpark. Life Time Athletic and Tennis at Peachtree Corners contains 24 hard courts. Buford Arena is a 125,000-square-foot facility. Contact: Gwinnett Sports Commission, LaGrange LaGrange is known as the regional hub for west Georgia and East Alabama. LaGrange is easily accessible from Atlanta, as well as Birmingham, Montgomery and Macon. Hotel rooms: 840 Major facilities: LaGrange College houses a baseball field and two softball fields. George F. Harris Baseball Complex houses eight fields. Shuford Fields consists of six baseball/softball fields. Callaway Sta- dium is a 5,000-seat football, lacrosse and soccer stadium. McCluskey Tennis Center features 16 courts. Contact: LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, www.lagrange Macon In the heart of the state is Macon. Tennis tournaments are the city's major sporting event, as the city has two beautiful facilities. Hotel rooms: 5,500 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent plus $5 per room, per night Major facilities: Combined, John Drew Smith Tennis Center and the Tattnall Square Tennis Center feature 32 lighted full-size tennis courts, plus an additional eight 36-foot courts for players ages 8 and under. Convention center: The 102,000- square-foot Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center is attached to the 9,000-person-ca- pacity Macon Coliseum. Contact: Macon-Bibb County CVB, Peachtree City Peachtree City is a unique master planned community in west-central Georgia that's family friendly, safe and located just 25 minutes from Atlanta. Hotel rooms: 883 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent Major facilities: William L. Davis BMX Track offers a 1,100-foot-long track. "The CHUCK" at Home Plate features the first 100 percent synthetic-turf baseball field with rubber-coated sand in the state. Peachtree City Tennis Center features 24 courts. MOBA Soccer Academy has two full-size fields. Contact: Peachtree City CVB, COLUMBUS' SOLDIER MARATHON: This year Columbus will be hosting the eighth annual Soldier Marathon, an event established to salute the American Soldier and give runners a great experience in the community. The Soldier Marathon Races — which are held at the National Infantry Museum — include the full 26.2-mile marathon, the 13.1- mile half marathon, the 26.2-mile relay marathon, the 3.1-mile soldier 5k and the 26.2 mile Kids Soldier Marathon. This year's race will be held on November 18, 2017. For more information, visit n COBB COUNTY: Margaret Mitchell fans will take pleasure in a trip to the Gone With the Wind Museum in Marietta. The facility features an extensive collection of memorabilia, including the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the movie, several of Mitchell's personal volumes of the novel, press and publicity books, costume pieces, film posers and more. n Cobb Travel & Tourism Columbus CVB

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