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t September 2017 56 Eastern Connecticut Coming soon to the Mohegan Sun, one of the largest casinos in the world, is the Exposition Center, an $80 million venue in Uncasville. The expansion will span more than 240,000 square feet and is scheduled to open Summer 2018. Hotel rooms: 10,700 Major facilities: Mohegan Sun Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose venue. Foxwoods Resort Casino hosts boxing and dance competitions. Dodd Stadium is a Minor League ballpark. Contact: Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Fairfield County Fairfield County is located in western Connecticut. The area is a frequent host of sports such as hockey, baseball and squash. Hotel rooms: 7,500 Major facilities: Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard is a multipurpose indoor venue that hosts sports such as basketball and hockey. The Ballpark at Harbor Yard is a Minor League ballpark. Chelsea Piers Connecticut is a 400,000-square-foot sports-oriented facility with 75,000 square feet of contiguous space on the third floor. Lime Rock Park hosts NASCAR and other racing events. Trumbull BMX Track is a BMX competition and training site. Contact: Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Hartford The Greater Hartford region is not only centrally located in the state but home to numerous state-of-the-art venues such as the new Dunkin' Donuts Park. Hotel rooms: 13,600 Major facilities: The new Dunkin' Donuts Park is a 6,146-seat Minor League ballpark that opened in Spring 2017. XL Center is a downtown arena that seats more than 16,000 and features more than 68,000 square feet of flexible event space for up to 3,000 guests. Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field hosts football, soccer and lacrosse. Husky Volleyball Den is the state's largest indoor volleyball training center/practice facility and features six reg- ulation-size courts under one roof. Stafford Motor Speedway hosts NASCAR modified track events. Convention center: The Connecticut Convention Center boasts 540,000 square feet of space, including a 140,000-square- foot exhibition hall. The venue hosts cheer competitions, boxing and more. Contact: Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, New Haven Located in south-central Connecticut, New Haven has played host for everything from youth sports to the Special Olympics World Games. Hotel rooms: 1,400 Major facilities: Since opening in 1914 for the Yale-Harvard game, the 61,446-seat Yale Bowl has hosted hundreds of football games. Con- necticut Sportsplex has five lighted fields for baseball and softball, and a 75,000-square-foot dome for soccer, la- crosse, field hockey, football and more. TD Bank Sports Center at Quinnipiac University features 185,000 square feet of multipurpose space for sports such as hockey and basketball. Northford Ice Pa- vilion is a 2,000-seat multipurpose arena with three ice rinks. Connecticut Tennis Center and Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale University consists of 22 outdoor Deco Turf II courts, five outdoor clay courts, four indoor Deco Turf II surfaces and a 15,000-seat tennis stadium. Jess Dow Field at Southern Connecticut State University can accom- modate football, soccer, field hockey, and track and field. Contact: Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, n Situated between New York City and Boston, Connecticut is the epitome of picturesque New England with a pleasing mix of charming coastal cities and friendly small towns, each of which features various venues to host sporting events of any size. This small state is also a convenient one: more than 23.5 million people live within a two-hour drive of Hartford, the state capital. "Connecticut has a wide variety of venues on all levels that offer tremendous opportunities for regional tourna- ments and national championships," said Bob Murdock, director of sports marketing for the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. n Baseball in Hartford ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: CONNECTICUT Hartford Yard Goats/Dunkin Donuts Park

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