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SEP 2017

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t September 2017 43 Annapolis The state capital, Annapolis is situated on Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the country. The city is known as the Sailing Capital of the United States but here you'll also find a vast variety of fields, facilities, arenas and courts. Hotel rooms: 11,000 Major facilities: Bachman Sports Complex includes six lighted fields ideal for baseball and softball, as well as two multipurpose fields. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is a 34,000-seat venue. Annapolis also offers more than 17 turf fields, 114 softball/baseball fields, a BMX track and competition pools. Contact: Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County CVB, See Ad On Page 49 Baltimore Baltimore is a sports lover's town. The city boasts numerous major venues in its downtown area, including M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Convention Center and Royal Farms Arena. Hotel rooms: 9,000 Hotel tax rate: 15.5 percent Major facilities: M&T Bank Stadium is a 71,008-seat football stadium. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a 45,971-seat Major League ballpark. Royal Farms Arena has a capacity of 14,000. Convention center: The Baltimore Convention Center features more than 1.2 million square feet of space and hosts sports such as fencing, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, volleyball and futsal. Contact: Visit Baltimore, or Baltimore Office of Tourism, Cecil County Cecil County is in close proximity to Dela- ware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Cecil County's Calvert Regional Park has been touted as the county's first sports tourism destination that has the capacity to run regional as well as national sporting events. Upon completion of the second phase of ► Maryland is a place for play in the Mid-Atlantic. The Old Line State is the epicenter of lacrosse— U.S. Lacrosse calls Maryland home—houses tremendous soccer and softball facilities and is known for its water sports such as fishing and sailing thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The state is also a top destination for equine events, as it hosts the annual Preakness Stakes, the third-lon- gest-running sporting event in the country. "Maryland is unique in that we have a sports commission that covers the entire state, as well as our TEAM Maryland initiative, which markets all of Maryland as an ideal sports destination throughout the state," said Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports. n Contact: Maryland Sports Commission See Ad On Page 59 ◄ Equestrian in Cecil County SITE SELECTION GUIDE: MARYLAND Ocean City Boardwalk The Ocean City Boardwalk is an iconic East Coast pedestrian thruway featur- ing a variety of hotels, restaurants and attractions. Constantly ranked as one of the best in the nation, the boardwalk is three miles long and a must-see experi- ence in Ocean City. n MUST SEE:

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