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NOV 2017

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com November 2017 47 Billings In southern Montana is Billings, the state's largest city. Billings is known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park because of its close proximity. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: MetraPark houses a 10,000-seat arena. Amend Park has fields for soccer, rugby and football. Big Sky Resort hosts skiing and snowboard- ing. Castle Rock Park features fields for soccer, football, rugby, softball and baseball, as well as tennis courts. Downtown Billings Skate Park contains 14,000 square feet of ramps, rails, bowls and other structures. Pioneer Park is a multi-use facility that has fields for soccer, football, rugby, softball and baseball, along with a disc golf course and tennis courts. Contact: Visit Billings, www.visit billings.com Great Falls Great Falls has alluring panoramic views of the Rocky, Highwood and Belt Moun- tain ranges, the Missouri River Valley, and buttes and grasslands that are pure high plains. The city is situated between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Hotel rooms: 2,200 Hotel tax rate: 7 percent plus $1 per room, per night Major facilities: Montana Expo Park has 67,000 square feet of usable space and bleacher seating for 5,074. Great Falls Ice Plex offers 17,000 square feet of ice rink. Montana Rush Soccer Club at Siebel Park has 10 competi- tive-size playing fields across 60 acres. McLaughlin Center gymnasium at the University of Providence has seating for 2,000 and a soccer field that also hosts lacrosse events. Centene Stadium is a 3,100-seat baseball park. Morony Natatorium houses a six-lane pool. Memorial Stadium hosts football, track and soccer. Swarthout Fieldhouse has one basketball court, two volleyball courts and six mats for wrestling, and can accommodate sports such as tennis, softball and track. Multi-Sports Com- plex has eight softball fields. Convention centers: Montana Expo Park has 67,000 square feet of indoor space. It hosts state basketball tournaments, rodeo finals, MMA fights and roller derby. Mansfield Convention Center features 15,300 square feet of space in downtown Great Falls. Contact: Great Falls Montana Tourism, www.visitgreatfallsmontana.org Missoula Nestled in the heart of the northern Rockies of western Montana, Missoula is known as the Garden City for its lush landscape and forested surroundings. Of- fering serene mountain views from every angle, as well as professional facilities, Missoula is the perfect location to host just about any event. Hotel rooms: 3,400 Hotel tax rate: 7 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: Playfair Park has nine baseball fields, two soccer fields, four softball fields, 12 tennis courts and four basketball courts. Glacier Ice Rink has one outdoor rink and one indoor rink. Fort Missoula Park offers eight tennis courts. MCPS Stadium includes one track. Ogren Park Allegiance Field is a Minor League ballpark with seating for 3,500. Contact: Destination Missoula, www.playmissoula.org n From the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park, Montana is a state full of adventure. The ter- rain in Big Sky Country is made for outdoor sport enthusiasts, from cross-country and downhill skiing to trail running, ice climbing and whitewater rafting. "There is something to find in every community and area of the state," said Raylee Honeycutt, consumer mar- keting manager for the Montana Office of Tourism. "From rodeo grounds and blue-rib- bon streams to the mountainous trails and world-class skiing, Montana features natural sporting venues across the state." n ◄ Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana in Missoula SITE SELECTION GUIDE: MONTANA MONTANA Destination Missoula

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