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www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2017 63 A R I Z O N A t making it a convenient destination. Situated along the Colorado River, the quaint resort town offers a wide array of sports facilities and options for dining and lodging. Hotel rooms: 995 Hotel tax rate: varies by property Major facilities: Lake Havasu City can host 12-13 indoor volleyball courts, beach volleyball on seven outdoor lakeside courts, tournaments among 10 baseball fields, three football fields, three facilities for basketball courts, 10 parks with soccer fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, three 18-hole golf courses, one indoor lap pool, one disc golf course, one asphalt racetrack and an outdoor sports complex for skate- boards, scooters and BMX. SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Park is a 1,100-acre park that provides a wealth of facilities, including mountain bike trails, trails for hiking, a BMX and motocross track, a shooting range, an RC plane field, rodeo grounds, and a shooting and archery range. Contact: Lake Havasu City CVB, www.golakehavasu.com Mesa Mesa is a suburb of Phoenix. The city is the third-largest city in Arizona and offers more than 40 golf courses, 55 parks and two airports. Hotel rooms: 5,452 Major facilities: HoHoKam Stadium is a 12,500-seat multi-use stadium with two fields. Fitch Park offers four ball fields. Red Mountain Baseball Complex has fields for baseball, softball and soccer. Quail Run Sports Complex offers four lighted youth soccer/football fields. AZ Ice Gilbert houses two sheets of ice. Both Skyline Aquatic Center and Kino Aquatic Center offer 75-meter Olympic-size pools. Convention center: The Mesa Conven- tion Center sits in the heart of downtown Mesa and features 38,000 square feet of exhibit space. Contact: Visit Mesa, www.visitmesa. com Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona's capital city, is a sports town. It's just one of the few cities in the country to have teams in all four major sports: basketball, baseball, football and hockey. Phoenix is also the setting for a pair of NASCAR events each racing season. Hotel rooms: 62,000 Hotel tax rate: 12.57 percent Major facilities: Chase Field is a base- ball stadium in downtown Phoenix with a capacity of 48,686. Talking Stick Resort Arena is a one million-square-foot multi- purpose venue. Reach 11 Sports Complex has 18 regulation-size fields, is the largest soccer complex of its kind in Arizona and can host field hockey and rugby. Convention center: The Phoenix Convention Center sits in the heart of downtown and consists of three buildings, offering a total of 900,000 of square feet of space. Contact: Greater Phoenix CVB, www.visitphoenix.com Scottsdale Scottsdale is situated in the Sonoran Desert, a picturesque city with beautiful moun- tains. The city is known for outdoor sports, especially golf. TPC Scottsdale is home to the most highly attended event on the PGA Tour. Hotel rooms: 14,000 Hotel tax rate: 13.9 percent Major facilities: Scottsdale Sports Complex is a 71-acre facility with 10 fields, offering tournament-level play- ing conditions for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, Ultimate Frisbee and rugby. Scottsdale Stadium is a 12,000-seat ballpark. WestWorld of Scottsdale features the climate-controlled 120,000-square-foot Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center Equidome and a 117,000-square-foot North Hall and 37,000-square-foot South Hall. TPC Scott- sdale is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is an 11,000-seat ballpark with 12 practice fields. Contact: Scottsdale CVB, www.experiencescottsdale.com Tempe Tempe is located in the heart of the metro Phoenix/Scottsdale area, just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The city has world-class venues to accom- modate a variety of sporting events indoors and outdoors, including stadiums, gyms, fields, pools and Tempe Town Lake. Hotel rooms: 6,146 Hotel tax rate: 14.07 percent Arizona State University facilities: Karsten Golf Course is an 18-hole course. Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex houses an Olympic-size, 50-meter by 25-yard pool. Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field is in the middle of a $268 million reinvention. Wells Fargo Arena is a 14,198-seat multi- purpose indoor venue. Other major facilities: Benedict Sports Complex can host flag football, lacrosse, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rugby and baseball with its five lighted multipurpose fields. Tempe Sports Complex has seven lighted multipurpose fields for flag football, lacrosse, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rugby and baseball. Tempe Diablo Stadium can be used for baseball, soccer, rugby and flag football. Tempe Town Lake is ideal for fishing, biking, volleyball, rowing and triathlons. Contact: Tempe Tourism Office, www.tempetourism.com Tucson In southern Arizona is Tucson. The city boasts an average of 350 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures year-round, making it a prime location for outdoor sporting events. Hotel rooms: 12,942 Major facilities: The Kino Sports Com- plex is a 155-acre natural-grass complex with fields for baseball, football, softball, lacrosse and soccer. Oro Valley Aquatic Center houses an Olympic-size compe- tition pool. The University of Arizona offers facilities for football, track and field, baseball, swimming, softball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, soccer and golf. Abraham Lincoln Regional Park includes four softball fields, a pool and soccer fields. Convention center: The Tucson Con- vention Center houses 205,000 square feet of event space. Contact: Visit Tucson, www.visittucson. org n

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