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NOV 2017

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November 2017 22 www.sportseventsmagazine.com six competition basketball courts and has curtains to divide spaces and portable bleachers. The center has offices, training rooms, concessions, food prep and warm- ing areas, locker rooms and 1,000 parking spaces. The center is designed for multipur- pose uses including graduations, concerts or events in addition to sports. The Foley Event Center also features Robbins Strata-Sport Plus polyurethane flooring that can be used for 12 pickleball courts in addition to volleyball and basket- ball. With six flex rooms, three concession areas, two mezzanines overlooking the gym floor, an automated one-touch net sys- tem, a media room, and trainers and offi- cials' rooms, the 90,565-square-foot hand- icapped-accessible facility was designed to attract, produce and host high-quality sporting and community events. The complex is situated near the Foley Sports Complex and the new OWA Entertainment Complex just miles from the Alabama Gulf Coast beaches. The outdoor complex features 16 multipurpose fields with TV-ready lighting, a press box and seating for up to 1,000. The natural-grass fields are designed for lacrosse, soccer, football and other sports. TownePlace Suites Foley at OWA is Marriott's newest extended-stay hotel next to the Foley Sports Complex and Event Center. The hotel provides athletes and their families easy, walkable access to the amusement park, event center and sports complex. To complete the sports and tourism destination package the Park at OWA offers 21 amusement rides, local boutiques, arcades and dining options with more shops and restaurants opening this fall. Wahlburgers and The Groovy Goat have already opened. A waterpark and RV resort are planned within the next 3-5 years. For more information, visit www. foleysportstourism.com. ► Huntsville, Ala. Huntsville, Ala., completed a $22 million renovation project at the Huntsville Aquatic Center (HAC), with the largest seating capacity for swimming in the state. The HAC features the original 1974 Legacy pool linked by a new lobby and walkway to the new uniform seven-foot-deep com- petition pool. Both Olympic-size pools are electrically grounded. The air conditioned and heated competition pool features the latest Colorado Electronic Time System tied to a state-of-the-art scoring table area and a pair of nine- by 15.4-foot video screens. The new competition pool is one of three pools at the facility and both the competition pool and Legacy pool are Olympic-size. The HAC also includes the recently opened instructional therapy pool. The HAC overlooks Brahan Spring Lake. With new starting blocks, and stadium seating for 1,403 spectators and pool-deck viewing, the facility can host large events. The center also features two one-meter Durafirm diving boards. A $42 million expansion is also approved for Huntsville's Von Braun Center, according to Kristen Pepper, mar- keting manager at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The plan calls for a 35,000-square-foot ballroom/multipurpose space, 14,000 square feet of breakout and meeting space, expansion of the south hall garage and ren- ovations to the north hall, and a new music hall with space for 1,200 people. The expansion will add 113,000 square feet to the 483,000-square-foot property during two phases and the renovations are expected to generate approximately $72 million per year in business. Renovations are expected to be complete by May 2019. For more information, visit www.huntsville.org. ► Eugene, Ore. Across the country, Eugene, Ore., is pre- paring for a new sports and recreation center. The facility, known as Civic Park, will be constructed on the former site of the historic Civic Stadium. It will feature Photo courtesy of Jeff White Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES An artist rendering of Civic Park in Eugene, Ore. Huntsville Aquatic Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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