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SEP 2017

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September 2017 20 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS exciting addition to the portfolio of the Hawaii Convention Center and allows us to develop a new market segment that holds a lot of potential for group business in the years to come," said Teri Orton, HCC gen- eral manager. Orton said the convention center can now accommodate indoor sports events in the three Kamehameha Exhibit Halls. In addition to volleyball, badminton, basket- ball and futsal, the HCC can host tourna- ments and events for wrestling, gymnastics, martial arts, dance, cheerleading, group fitness activities and table tennis. Elevated seating can be added as an option for spec- tators and the facility includes 690 parking stalls. In June, HCC hosted its first basketball tournament with the Jam On It Pacific Rim Basketball Championships, bringing the large premier youth sports events together using convention centers across the country for tournaments. More than 4,000 attend- ees, including 130 boys' and girls' teams, coaches and fans, attended the three-day event. "The addition of our new athletic courts supports the Hawaii Tourism Authority's sports marketing efforts to attract more global amateur and professional events to the state," Orton said. "We believe that it is an innovative approach to how we generate new business opportunities for our lodging partners. It also enables us to have Hawaii's athletes compete with other teams from around the world right here in the state. The Hawaii Convention Center's mid-Pacific location is a perfect location for sports events with participants traveling from east and west. There are more than 30,000 overnight hotel rooms in Waikiki, with more than 28,000 of them located within a 1.5-mile radius." Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., hosts a vari- ety of indoor and outdoor sports events throughout the year, generating an econom- ic impact of more than $16 million for the community, according to Roxia Thornton Todoroff, director of sales and marketing for the venue. The 132-acre site is situated in the tri-county area of Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties in Central Oregon, with panoramic views of seven snowcapped mountain peaks. With acres of landscaped grounds, ponds, waterfalls and scenic vistas, the facility hosts everything from motorsports to wrestling. "We do maximize the multipurpose space in our arena by moving footings for events that require a dirt track and then transforming the venue by installing sports courts and mats," Todoroff said. "Our out- door grass lawns are also used for a variety of events and are customized to the event space as needed." The facility has hosted the USA BMX Great Northwest Nationals, which brings more than 5,500 participants and specta- tors, and the largest wrestling tournament in the state when the Oregon Wrestling Classic draws 9,000 total participants and spectators. Others come to the grounds for auto- cross, monster trucks, motorcycle super- cross events, demolition derby, tractor pulls, off-road racing, equestrian competi- tions, dog agility events, barrel racing and rodeo. The indoor space hosts basketball, wres- tling, gymnastics, mixed martial arts and the USA BMX Championships while out- doors, cycling, shooting sports, running and obstacle courses keep the schedule full and participants and spectators busy. "During our last year, we hosted more than 200 events, which in addition to sporting events included tradeshows, banquets, entertainment, concerts and a variety of public sales," Todoroff said. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center features the Three Sister Conference and Convention Center, which includes three halls: North Sister Conference Hall and South Sister Conference Hall are each 9,416 square feet while Middle Sister Conference Hall is 14,904 square feet. The Bank of the Cascades Center, also a part of the Expo Center, a multipurpose indoor arena and the largest of the build- ings onsite, includes 279,000 square feet of space. The High Desert Activity Center, another Expo facility, is a climate-con- trolled multipurpose building with sound equipment and restrooms. The grounds also feature numerous covered arenas, barns, facilities with horse stalls, dairy barns, swine barns, a year- round RV park and event lawns. The Atlantic City Convention Center (ACCC) is a 600,000-square-foot ► Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

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