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NOV 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2017 25 ► Missoula, Mont. Fort Missoula Regional Park in Missoula, Mont., is constructing the second phase of its master plan. Phase I included new restrooms, trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Phase II includes soccer fields, soft- ball diamonds, tennis and pickleball courts, and a dog park. The joint project between the city and county spent some of the $38 million of a trails bond to renovate Fort Missoula's 11 full-size soccer fields, pavilion and spaces. The second half of the park is expected to open in summer 2018, according to Nikki Perez, recreation events specialist with the City of Missoula. For more information, visit www.ci.missoula.mt.us. ► Wildwoods, N.J. The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority reports boardroom renovations, which includes new carpet, executive chairs and paint, according to Ben Rose, direc- tor of marketing and public relations for the Greater Wildwoods (N.J.) Tourism Authority. The Wildwoods Convention Center is a 260,000-square-foot multipur- pose facility overlooking the beach and Atlantic Ocean that appeals to a variety of sports-event planners. For more information, visit www.wildwoodsnj.com. ► Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City continues to develop top- notch complexes that appeal to sports-event planners. The RIVERSPORT Rapids in Oklahoma City's Boathouse District is already a designated official Olympic and Paralympic training site, and the city is investing millions to develop public white- water kayaking facil- ities and whitewater rafting courses. A $287 million convention center is planned to open in 2020 with 200,000 square feet of space and a downtown streetcar system will link major attractions. The city also announced plans for a 70-acre downtown park for youth sports and rec- reation, and several hotels that will open between now and 2019. For more information, visit www.visitokc.com. ► Broussard, La. The Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park in Broussard, La., in the Lafayette Parish is a state-of-the-art multi-use facility designed for recreation and sports events. The $33 million complex features baseball, softball and soccer fields, tennis and bas- ketball courts. With playgrounds, a splash pad, walking trails, an amphitheater, a fitness trail and a stocked fishing pond, the complex will also include areas for beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and indoor basketball. For more information, visit www.broussardsportscomplex.com. ► Bullhead City, Ariz. The Colorado River Union High School District in Bullhead City, Ariz., recently broke ground on a new multipurpose field- house that will be used for both Mohave and River Union High Schools. The site of the fieldhouse is a 15-acre track near the Mohave Community College. Toby Cotter, city manager of Bullhead City, said the fieldhouse will be used pri- marily by the high schools for football and soccer but could also be used for tourna- ments and other community events. The new $32.5 million fieldhouse was approved in a bond by voters in 2016 that includes improvements at the two schools. The fieldhouse is expected to open in 2019 for Mohave High School's 50th anniversary. For more information, visit www.bullheadcity.com. ► Mill Creek, Wash. A new sports arena, the largest indoor sports company in Washington state, will open soon in Mill Creek, Wash. Arena Sports and Entertainment is a 98,000-square-foot facility that will feature the company's signature indoor soccer and futsal fields, and offer full-service family entertainment that will include bowling on mini and full-size lanes, a multi-floor laser tag arena, a rock climbing tower, a two-story indoor ropes course, an inflatable zone, and have space for parties and other events. Mill Creek city officials say the new facility fits the city's plans for a fami- ly-friendly experience for sports and recre- ation. In announcing the new facility, City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto said ► Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES Fort Missoula Regional Park in Missoula, Mont. Artist rendering of the Multipurpose fieldhouse in Bullhead City, Ariz.

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