SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2017

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September 2017 52 Hotels: 4 properties Major facilities: Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club has an 18-hole golf course, a pool and tennis courts. Crossroads Regional Park accommodates tennis. Corinth Speedway accommodates motorsports. Contact: Corinth Area CVB, DeSoto County DeSoto County is composed of five cities: Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven and Walls. Situated in the northwest corner of the state, the area boasts major facilities such as Snowden Grove Park and Greenbrook Softball Complex. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Major facilities: Landers Center is a multipurpose facility with a 10,000-seat arena that can host wrestling, boxing, hockey, football and basketball. Latimer Lakes Park boasts nine lighted baseball fields, four tennis courts, three fishing lakes, a 19-hole disc golf course, a skate park, two football fields and two soccer fields. Olive Branch City Park has six lighted softball fields, eight lighted base- ball fields, three lakes, five outdoor lighted tennis courts and a track. Snowden Grove Park has 17 lighted baseball fields. Greenbrook Softball Complex offers eight lighted softball fields. George M. Harrison Municipal Park has five lighted soccer fields. Contact: DeSoto County Tourism, Greenwood On the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta in west-central Mississippi is Greenwood. The city features several venues and parks conducive to hosting sporting events such as Whittington Park and Stribling Park. Hotel rooms: 825 Major facilities: Leflore County Civic & Agri Center has a 9,576-square- foot arena. Whittington Park has eight baseball/softball fields. Stribling Park includes 10 baseball/softball fields and 12-14 soccer fields. Twin Rivers Recre- ation Center has 11 tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool. Contact: Greenwood CVB, Gulf Coast The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a blend of charming oak-lined streets and luxury casino resorts. The area features 26 miles of beaches, barrier islands and waterways ideal for water sports. Hotel rooms: 15,000 Major facilities: Gulfport Sportsplex covers 250 acres and includes nine terraced ball fields with hybrid sand- based turf and four international-size soccer fields. American Star Field at MGM Park is a 6,000-plus-seat Minor League ballpark. Ocean Springs Sports Complex consists of four softball fields, five baseball fields, four soccer fields and two football fields. A.J. Holloway Sports Complex is a 68-acre site featuring three soccer fields, four softball fields, an adult baseball field, Little League fields and eight tennis courts. Convention center: The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center of- fers more than 400,000 square feet of space. Past events include the National Veterans Golden Age Games, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Open and the Mississippi State M I S S I S S I P P I t COLUMBUS: Columbus's revitalized downtown area is alive with charming shops and Southern food hotspots. Catfish Alley harks back to an African-American hub at the turn of the 20th century, while Mississippi University for Women has been an important destination for education since 1884. And at the Riverwalk, we love to celebrate with special events from races to festivals to concerts. n MUST SEE: Ship Island The Mississippi Gulf Coast features Ship Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. A public ferry transports visitors to enjoy the pristine and protected beaches. While there, be sure to take a tour of Fort Massachusetts, which was built following the War of 1812 and was used until 1903. n Photo courtesy of

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