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JAN 2018

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Janaury 2018 52 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Recreation Complex provides 11 fields and two championship fields with seating for up to 3,000. Ingalls Harbor Marina and Pavilion is a top launch site for fishing tour- naments. Wilson Morgan Softball Complex is a six-field softball facility. Jimmy Johns Tennis Center features 16 championship hard courts, four championship clay courts and two indoor hard courts. Contact: Decatur/Morgan County CVB, www.decaturcvb.org Dothan From soccer and tennis to softball and BMX, Dothan has a spot for most any sport. This southern Alabama city boasts 47 professional grade tennis courts, 31 baseball/softball fields, six soccer fields, an indoor Olympic-size pool, a BMX track and more. Hotels: Approximately 30 properties Major facilities: Westgate Park has a five-field softball complex, six-field baseball complex, football stadium, spe- cial-needs sports fields, tennis complex, BMX track and biking trails. Eastgate Park features five baseball fields, an outdoor pool, sand volleyball courts, an archery range and biking trails. Andrew Belle Community Center has an indoor gym, two tennis courts and two ball fields. Doug Tew Recreation Center includes an outdoor pool, a basketball court, a gym, a softball field and four baseball fields. Contact: Dothan CVB, visitdothan.com Florence Florence is located in the northwest corner of the state and is the largest city in an area known as The Shoals. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, the city boasts a beautiful landscape and frequently hosts events such as the High School World Fishing Finals, Ultimate Frisbee Co-Ed Celebration Tournament and the Renaissance Man Triathlon. Hotel rooms: 1,000 Major facilities: Florence Sportsplex offers facilities for baseball, softball and soccer. Cox Creek Complex has 12 tennis courts and a skate park. North Florence Soccer Complex houses two fields. Royal Avenue Recreation Center has tennis courts and a pool. Veterans Memorial Park features six lighted tennis courts, an 18-hole disc golf course and three softball fields. Contact: Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, www.visitflorenceal.com Gulf Shores/Orange Beach A beach is always a great asset for drawing spectators and participants alike to an ► A L A B A M A t GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH'S AMAZING NATURAL VENUES The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, along with the city of Gulf Shores and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, hosts the NCAA National Collegiate Beach Vol- leyball Championship. Other events taking place on the beach include beach soccer, youth volleyball and a portion of the Alabama Coastal Triathlon. n ROCKET CITY MARATHON Every December, Huntsville hosts the Rocket City Marathon (the city is known as the "Rocket City" thanks to its role in putting a man on the moon). The 26.2 mile race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and runs throughout Huntsville, including through the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Huntsville Botanical Gardens. n

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