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JAN 2018

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t Janaury 2018 50 Auburn/Opelika Centrally located near Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery, Auburn and neighboring Opelika are easy to get to. The area is also home to a major college, Auburn Univer- sity, and the renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Hotel rooms: 2,748 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Jordan-Hare Stadium is an 87,451-seat football stadium. Au- burn Arena is a 9,121-seat multipurpose facility. Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park is a 4,096-seat baseball facility. James E. Martin Aquat- ics Center is a swimming and diving facility. Yarbrough Tennis Center has 34 courts. Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum is a 10,500-seat multipurpose venue. Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center is a 75,000-square-foot facility with a pool and five lighted soccer fields. Contact: Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, Birmingham Situated in the center of the state, Birming- ham boasts an excellent array of world- class sports facilities that can cater to almost every type of sport, including the new $85 million Finley Center at the Hoover Met Complex and the 830-acre Barber Motor- sports Park. Hotel rooms: 16,000 Hotel tax rate: 14 percent within city limits Major facilities: Birmingham Cross- Plex is a 750,000-square-foot multipurpose athletic facility that includes a six-lane oval hydraulic track and eight 60-meter lanes, a 50-meter indoor Olympic-size pool and space for sports such as volleyball, wrestling, cheering and gymnastics. Barber Motorsports Park is an 830-acre multi- purpose racing facility. Legion Field is a 72,000-seat stadium. The 120-acre Hoover Met Complex offers 150,000 square feet of multipurpose space, six regulation NCAA- size soccer/lacrosse fields or 12 youth Alabama has long been known for many things: music in Muscle Shoals, science in Huntsville and the sugar-white sand of the Gulf Coast. But this Southern state also has a long and storied history in sports. From archery and swimming to football and golf, the Heart of Dixie appreciates and celebrates all things sports and it boasts new and renovated facilities all across the state to host them all. "Alabama has so many new and great facilities but there are so many other things to do here," said Brian Jones, public relations director for the Alabama Tourism Department. "There are a plethora of activities the whole family can enjoy that are located near most all of the complexes. That means traveling here for an event can be turned into a family vacation that offers a wide variety of great experiences." n Triathlon in Tuscaloosa ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: ALABAMA Purdy Butterfly House Huntsville Botanical Garden is home to Purdy Butterfly House, the nation's largest open-air butterfly house. The 9,000-square-foot structure overlooks the entrance pond and is home to thou- sands of butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, but- ton quail, turtles and other critters. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy of Huntsville/Madison County CVB Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY

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