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NOV 2017

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November 2017 54 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Kennewick In the southeast part of the state, along the southwest banks of the Columbia River, is Kennewick. The city is home to top-notch facilities such as Southridge Sports and Events Complex. Hotel rooms: 1,506 Hotel tax rate: 10.6 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facility: Southridge Sports and Events Complex is a 52-acre multi-sports facility featuring four lighted softball/ baseball fields (with overlays for soccer and lacrosse), two multi-use sports fields and a 30,000-square-foot indoor sports pavilion with three full-size courts that can accommodate basketball, volleyball, futsal and pole vaulting. Convention center: The Three Rivers Convention Center includes 75,000 square feet of space. Adjacent to the convention center is the Toyota Center, which has hosted basketball, volleyball and hockey. Contact: Kennewick Parks & Recre- ation, www.go2kennewick.com Olympia The Olympia region is a recreation para- dise. The area offers manicured fields, an array of courts, an Olympic-size pool and trails perfect for dewy morning marathons. The region is also convenient: it's centrally located between Seattle and Portland, making it a perfect spot within reasonable driving distance from Seattle-Tacoma International (Sea-Tac) Airport. Hotel rooms: 2,700 Hotel tax rate: 10.8 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: The Regional Athletic Complex features five baseball fields and six soccer fields, plus access to multiple other parks within a five-mile radius to increase the footprint of available multipur- pose fields. Lakepointe Park has one soccer field and one baseball field. Rainier Vista Community Park includes three baseball fields, one soccer field, one tennis court and one volleyball court. LBA Park has six baseball fields and two tennis courts. Yauger Park consists of four baseball fields and three soccer fields. Contact: Experience Olympia & Beyond, www.experienceolympia.com Seattle Seattle is a cosmopolitan city, offering an extensive array of activities. The city also offers world-class facilities to suit many sporting events, such as CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field. Hotel rooms: 13,265 Hotel tax rate: 15.6 percent Major facilities: Safeco Field is a 47,860-seat Major League ballpark. CenturyLink Field is a 67,000-seat venue that hosts football and soccer. KeyAre- na hosts figure skating, ice hockey and basketball on its 74-acre campus. Emerald W A S H I N G T O N t BECHTEL NATIONAL PLANETARIUM AT COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE The Tri-Cities is home to the Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College, the largest planetarium in Washington. Unravel the mysteries of our universe, soar to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the vastness of our planet's oceans or dive into an active volcano. The planetarium provides lifelike, high-definition images and sound with a 36-foot panoramic viewing dome and the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. n SEATTLE SEAWOLVES The newly minted professional rugby team, the Seattle Seawolves, is a charter team of the brand new Major League Rugby team (MLR) and is coming to Seattle Southside. The Sea- wolves are one of only seven teams kicking off the inaugural season in 2018 with expected expansion in 2019 and beyond. Home games will be played at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. n Visit Tri-Cities

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