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AUG 2017

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t August 2017 64 Albuquerque Southwest culture awaits visitors in Albu- querque, a city centrally located in the state. In addition to its culture, the city also offers a moderate year-round climate and a nearly mile-high altitude, so there's little humidity. Hotel rooms: 17,000 Major facilities: Dreamstyle Stadium is a 40,000-seat football stadium. The Pit is a multipurpose indoor venue. Balloon Fiesta Park has the ability to accommodate 20 multi-use fields for sports such as soccer, rugby, lacrosse and flag football. Convention center: The Albuquerque Convention Center has more than 600,000 square feet of event space. The facility has been used for track and field champi- onships, roller sports, skating, volleyball, weightlifting, gymnastics and archery. Contact: Albuquerque CVB, Farmington Unique topography sets Farmington apart in the northwest corner of the state. The city boasts lots of sun and a diverse landscape, ranging from mountains to high desert plateaus. Farmington is open to hosting a variety of sporting events but particularly enjoys hosting youth events. Hotel rooms: 1,928 Hotel tax rate: 12.625 percent plus $2.50 per room, per night Major facilities: Ricketts Park is a 6,100-seat baseball park. The 156-acre Farmington Sports Complex contains three soccer fields, eight lighted tennis courts, four baseball fields and four softball fields. Justis Park is a 9.1-acre lighted park. Wor- ley Baseball Field is a ballpark that can seat more than 200 spectators. The Farmington Aquatic Center features an Olympic-size indoor pool. Convention center: McGee Park Convention Center is a 49,500-square-foot facility. Contact: Farmington CVB, Las Cruces Las Cruces is nestled in the Mesilla Valley between the Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. The city sits at the crossroads of two interstates and is the second-largest city in the state. Hotel rooms: 3,000 Hotel tax rate: 13.313 percent plus $2.50 convention center tax Major facilities: Hadley Avenue Sports Complex boasts 11 baseball/softball fields and three multipurpose fields. The Pan American Center is a 13,000-seat multipur- pose arena. Convention center: The Las Cruces Convention Center has hosted numerous events such as the Combat Sports Grap- plefest and Battle of the Badges boxing event. Contact: Visit Las Cruces, Santa Fe The state capital, Santa Fe, is one of the largest cities in New Mexico. Situat- ed centrally, the city is a four-seasons sporting town featuring some of the best hiking, biking, running, fishing, golfing and skiing in the country. And at 7,000 feet elevation, the city makes an ideal training ground for athletes. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Hotel tax rate: 15.3125 percent Major facilities: Municipal Recreation Complex has seven soccer fields, four baseball fields and a rugby field. Genoveva Chavez Community Center has an Olym- pic-size pool, three volleyball courts, an indoor track and an ice hockey rink. Contact: Santa Fe CVB, n New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment thanks to its beautiful landscape and diverse terrain. In fact, in this Southwestern state, the outdoor opportunities are essentially endless, from skiing and golfing to biking and running, and so are the unique experiences just waiting to be discovered. "New Mexico is an ideal location for sports because of its climate, venues and attractions," said Laura Rasmussen, public and industry relations coordinator for the New Mexico Tourism Department. "The state also offers an unexpected offering in cuisine, culture, arts and artisans, and architecture. A trip here is authentic and inspiring, providing travel- ers adventure they can experience." n Baseball in Farmington ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: NEW MEXICO Farmington CVB

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