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NOV 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2017 27 Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES soccer, lacrosse and football. A Studio 6 motel is also planned to be built on site, in addition to retail shops and businesses. Hellas Construction in Austin, Texas, has been hired to install the athletic fields which will be artificial turf with Geo Plus infill made of coconut fibers and cork to absorb moisture and keep the field cool. The 489-acre complex will include a 10,000-capacity stadium, a Miracle Field for physically challenged athletes, 16 tournament baseball fields, 16 tournament softball fields, 12 multi-use fields, 10 youth fields, five high school/college fields, four T-ball fields and an indoor training facility. Windsor Park and Recreation officials project the new park could generate $40 to $50 million in revenue and attract more than 100,000 visitors to the park when it opens in 2019. For more information, visit www.windsorgov.com or www.rmspark. com. ► Hawaii The Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) added new sports courts this year in a $1.1 million project that allows the fully porta- ble sports courts to be configured to stage up to 28 regulation volleyball or badmin- ton matches or 18 high school basketball games, or configured into 11 futsal courts. The HCC also acquired a regulation NBA- and NCAA-approved basketball court with a solid wood floor. "These new sports courts are an excit- ing addition to the portfolio of the Hawaii Convention Center and allows us to develop a new market segment that holds a lot of potential for group business in the years to come," said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. The exhibit halls can also host wrestling, gymnastics, martial arts, dance, cheerlead- ing, group fitness activities and table tennis with optional elevated spectator seating. "The addition of our new athletic courts supports the Hawaii Tourism Authority's sports marketing efforts to attract more global amateur and professional events to the state," Orton said. "We believe that it is an innovative approach to how we generate new business opportunities for our lodging partners. It also enables us to have Hawaii's athletes compete with other teams from around the world right here in the state." For more information, visit www.hawaii convention.com. ► Milford, Ohio Cincy Sports Nation (CSN) in Milford, Ohio is celebrating the opening of a new locally owned indoor sports facility off the Millford/Blanchester exit on Meijer Drive, according to Sarah Gleason, marketing and communications manager for Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau. CSN held its grand opening on Oct. 28 and adult leagues started Oct. 30 with youth leagues scheduled to begin with weekend play on Nov. 12-13. The new pre- mier indoor facilities feature two full-length indoor fields that will be used for soccer and lacrosse leagues. An open-netted 105- yard training field is also available for rent. The facility features a sports bar and CSN will be available for training, competition and rentals. Leagues include adult and youth soccer, high school co-ed, futsal, flag football and other sports to be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.visitclermontcounty.com or www.cincysportsnation.com. ► Louisville, Ky. The $207 million Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) renovation and expansion project is one step closer to its August 2018 opening day. The KICC is located in downtown Louisville. On October 19, a steel beam was hoisted to the top of the KICC carrying an ever- green seal to symbolize good luck and an American flag in honor of the American dream. The Topping Off Ceremony dates back a thousand years to a Scandinavian custom of the raising of a building's high- est structural element. When complete, KICC will compete in the top-tier convention center market and projections indicate a 25 percent increase in conventions and tradeshows. The new facility will include 200,125 square feet of contiguous Class A exhibit space, a 40,000-square-foot column-free ballroom with color-changing LED ballroom walls, 52 meeting rooms, a 175-seat tiered conference theatre, 15,000 meals-per-day kitchen capacity and simplified pedestrian circulation and wayfinding. Officials expect the new center to gener- ate $53 million in annual economic impact when complete. The new convention center will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified and include a 34 percent energy use savings. Louisville is a unique city with two major convention centers and a multipur- pose downtown arena where meetings, trade shows and sporting events could be held during the renovations and construc- tion of the center. By 2018, the new center will attract new hotels and add an addi- tional 1,800 hotel rooms. For more information, visit www.kycon- vention.org. n SportsEvents will continue covering reno- vations and new facilities throughout the year to keep planners up-to-date. An artist rendering of the new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in Louisville, Ky.

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