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NOV 2017

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November 2017 56 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Spokane Spokane is home to a thriving sports scene. Each May, more than 50,000 runners, including elite competitors from around the world, race in Bloomsday. Each June, 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers and 225,000 fans gather for Hoopfest, the world's biggest three-on-three basketball tournament. Hotels: Approximately 60 properties Major facilities: Plantes Ferry Sports Complex is a 95-acre park with five soft- ball fields and 13 soccer fields. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is a multipur- pose venue that houses a 32,000-square- foot arena floor. The HUB Sports Center is a 66,670-square-foot multipurpose facility, containing five regulation-size basketball courts and three studios for dance. Convention center: The Spokane Con- vention Center boasts 120,000 square feet of space, including a 50,000-square-foot flexible ballroom. Contact: Spokane Regional Sports Commission, www.spokanesports.org Tacoma The diversity of Tacoma's geography sets the stage for events here. Tacoma and Pierce County encompass 14,410-foot Mt. Ranier and saltwater shoreline. Because of the diverse landscape, the city can host a wide platform of sports. Hotel rooms: 5,300 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent plus $.50 to $1.50 per room, per night, depending on area Major facilities: Tacoma Dome is a 22,000-seat, 100,000-square-foot multipur- pose arena. Cheney Stadium is a 5,000- seat Minor League ballpark. In addition, Tacoma offers 20 more spaces that range from winter mountain skiing and snow- boarding to parks, fields and shoreline. Convention center: The Greater Tacoma Convention Center hosts a number of events, including many U.S. girls' gymnastics events and Northwest Athletic Conference girls' volleyball. Contact: Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission, www.tacomasports.org Tri-Cities The Tri-Cities is composed of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland / West Richland. With more than 300 days of sunshine, amazing amenities, and the infrastructure to host numerous and diverse events, the Tri-Cities region is a leading sports destination. Hotel rooms: 4,191 Hotel tax rate: 10.6 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: The Pasco Sporting Complex sits on 19 acres and has six soft- ball fields and two sand volleyball courts. The Tri-Cities Youth Soccer Association Soccer Complex includes 15 full-size soc- cer fields on 45 acres. Columbia Playfield in Richland is a 28-acre complex with five softball fields. Southridge Sports and Events Complex is a 52-acre multipurpose facility, featuring four lighted softball/base- ball fields, two multi-use sports fields and a 30,000-square-foot indoor sports pavilion. TRAC Center offers more than 90,000 square feet of flexible space. Convention center: The Three Rivers Convention Center includes 75,000 square feet of space. Adjacent to the convention center is Toyota Center, which has hosted basketball, volleyball and hockey. Contact: Visit TRI-CITIES, www.visit tri-cities.com See Ad On Page 59 Vancouver Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Vancouver offers athletes and sports fans the best of indoor and outdoor facilities. From water sports on scenic Vancouver Lake to field events at one of its multi-use sports complexes, Vancouver offers a vast array of scenic and versatile venues for all types of individual and team sports. Fun fact: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics will host the 2017 and 2019 men's and women's cross-coun- try national championships at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Champion- ship Course. Hotel rooms: 2,700 Hotel tax rate: 10.5 percent plus $2 per room, per night Major facilities: Vancouver Tennis W A S H I N G T O N t SNOHOMISH COUNTY'S BIKE PARK AND TRAILS Snohomish County boasts many natural assets and focuses heavily on the outdoors, so the area is proud to announce the new North Mountain Bike Skills Area, which opened in July. The area offers four miles of lower-elevation trails, which have easy and difficult trails. Bikers can ride from the town of Darrington to the Bike Skills Area. North Mountain Bike Trails will have another 13 miles of trail on the upper part of the mountain and will be a great addition for downhill mountain bikers. n Tammy Dunn, Snohomish County Sports Commission

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