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SEP 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2017 51 Canton In the heart of the state is Canton. The city is about a 20-minute drive from Jack- son, the state capital. Hotels: 9 properties Major facilities: Ben Roberts Field includes a football field and track. The Canton Multipurpose & Equine Center includes a large multipurpose arena. Rose Bud Park has a baseball field, a pool and five basketball courts. Saab Park features three lighted baseball/softball fields, one basketball court and two lighted tennis courts. Canton Sportsplex consists of eight lighted baseball/softball fields. Contact: Canton CVB, www.canton tourism.com Columbus In east Mississippi is Columbus. The city has plenty of dining options, a four-mile Riverwalk and a new $5 million soccer complex. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Major facilities: Burns Bottom Soccer Complex has nine soccer fields. Propst Park features four youth softball fields, four adult softball fields, 10 youth baseball fields, a disc golf course, four tennis courts and a skateboard park. Pohl Gymnasium houses three courts. Convention center: The Trotter Convention Center includes 15,000 square feet of space. Contact: Visit Columbus, www.visit columbusms.org See Ad On Page 55 Corinth Corinth is known as Mississippi's Gateway City due to its location in the northeast corner of the state. ► Southern hospitality meets sports in Mississippi. The state has a diverse portfolio of sports assets, from tournament-tier youth soccer, baseball and softball events to NCAA Division I competitions. In a state known for producing incredible on-field talent—such as Walter Payton, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Archie Manning—all levels of play in the Magnolia State are an exciting mix of com- petition and Southern charm. "In Mississippi, hospitality is a genuine value we hold dear," said Craig Ray, director of Visit Mississippi. "Tailgating events become potlucks and even our most heated sports rivalries stay on the field. We have world-class facilities and stadiums, which are expanded and updated on a regular basis, and a wide range of tourist attractions, restaurants and hotels comple- ment the experience. Mississippi is a top desti- nation for sports fans.". n ◄ Marathon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast SITE SELECTION GUIDE: MISSISSIPPI MUST SEE: The Mississippi River Museum The Mississippi River Museum at Tunica RiverPark takes visitors through time and is loaded with artifacts and exhibits. Here you can follow the trail of the Spanish Conquistadors, experience the Great Flood of 1927 and view four freshwater aquar- iums to get a glimpse at what's beneath the river's surface. n MISSISSIPPI Photo courtesy of Tunica CVB Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon

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