SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Janaury 2018 54 event and that's what can be found in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Alabama's Gulf Coast offers miles of beautiful white sand, family attractions, and plenty of fields and facilities for most any sport. Hotel rooms: 2,500 Hotels plus condos: 17,000 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent; set to increase to 13 percent in May 2018 Major facilities: David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center houses a gym, an indoor pool and an indoor track. George C. Meyer Tennis Center features 12 hard courts and six soft courts. Gulf Shores Sportsplex is a 100-acre multifaceted facility that boasts a collegiate/high school track, football stadium, baseball fields, soccer fields and softball fields. Johnnie Sims Park features soccer fields, baseball diamonds and skate facilities. Orange Beach Aquatics Center features a Junior Olympic pool and diving well. The Orange Beach Sportsplex offers baseball fields, softball fields, soccer and football fields, and running courses. Orange Beach Tennis Center has eight lighted medium-speed hard courts. Foley facility: Nearby Foley boasts the Foley Sports Tourism Complex. The facil- ity has 16 state-of-the-art fields, including a championship field, and hosts sports such as lacrosse, soccer, football and more. The venue also offers an indoor events center/ multi-use events facility encompassing 90,000 square feet of space for sports such as basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and gymnastics. Convention center: The Orange Beach Event Center is the area's largest indoor facility and hosts events such as cheer and dance, gymnastics, indoor volleyball and karate. Contact: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, See Ad On Page 51 Huntsville Huntsville is located in Madison County in northern Alabama. Known as a city of in- novation—and boasting the nickname "The Rocket City"—Huntsville brings that same level of creativity and dedication to every event it hosts. Hotel rooms: 6,700 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent plus $2 surcharge Major facilities: The Huntsville Aquat- ics Center, formerly known as the Brahan Spring Park Natatorium, recently finished renovations that include the addition of a new 50-meter competition pool and a warm-up instructional pool in addition to the legacy pool. Huntsville's Southside Park is a new archery facility known as Huntsville's Community Archery Park. The Merrimack Soccer Complex has 10 soccer fields. John Hunt Park has two champion- ship soccer fields. ► A L A B A M A t

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