SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Janaury 2018 56 Convention center: Von Braun Center is Huntsville's largest comprehensive event facility with more than 170,000 square feet of flexible space. Contact: Huntsville/Madison County CVB, See Ad On Page 54 Mobile Located in the southwestern part of Ala- bama, Mobile is situated on historic Mobile Bay on the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. The city has a variety of venues to accom- modate events large and small. Hotel rooms: 7,250 Major facilities: The Copeland-Cox Tennis Center features 60 laykold courts. Ladd-Peebles Stadium is a 40,000-seat football stadium. The Mitchell Center is a multipurpose venue. West Mobile Park has four men's softball fields, two wom- en's softball fields and two youth softball fields. Hank Aaron Stadium is a 6,000-seat ballpark. Convention center: The Arthur R. Out- law Mobile Convention Center has hosted sporting events such as the USA Weightlift- ing American Open Championship, USA Boxing Men's Olympic Trials and the USA Gymnastics Alabama State Compulsory Championships. Contact: Mobile Sports Authority, Montgomery Alabama's state capital is a fun and energetic destination for sporting events. The area offers new top-of-the-line sports facilities, team-friendly hotels, and fun pre- and post-event activities. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Major facilities: Multiplex at Cram- ton Bowl is a 70,000-square-foot indoor multipurpose facility that can accommodate 15 volleyball courts, six tennis courts, two soccer fields or 20 wrestling mats and can also host sports such as gymnastics, beach volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, boxing and more. Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex features 10 fields and seating for 4,000. Convention center: The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa and the adjacent Convention Center combine to offer 342 rooms and 73,000 square feet of convention space. Contact: Montgomery CVB, visiting See Ad On Page 55 Oxford Oxford, located between Birmingham and Atlanta, and the surrounding area offer a variety of sports complexes to accommo- date most sports. Local attractions include Oxford Lake Park and Coldwater Covered Bridge. Hotels: approximately 30 properties countywide Major facilities: Bynum Community Center houses a multipurpose gym. The Oxford Civic Center features a multipur- pose gym, a pool, five baseball fields, four softball fields and a lighted tennis court complex. Contact: City of Oxford, www.oxford Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa has deep roots in athletics as it's home to the University of Alabama. Situated in west-central Alabama, Tusca- loosa hosts upward of 40 events annually, including the state football championships, fastpitch softball, cycling, rowing regattas and marathons. Hotel rooms: 3,831 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Foster Auditorium is a 3,800-seat multipurpose facility that hosts volleyball and basketball. Bowers Park has eight total baseball fields (four youth and four adult) and an outdoor pool. Sokol Park offers fields for baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and football. John and Ann Rhoads Softball Stadium is a 3,940-seat softball facility. Sewell-Thomas Stadium is a 4,500-seat baseball park. Coleman Coliseum is a 15,383-seat multipurpose arena. Bryant-Denny Stadium is a 101,821- seat football stadium. The University of Alabama Tennis Stadium features 12 hard courts. Roberta Alison Baumgardner Indoor Tennis Facility includes six hard courts. Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium fea- tures a nine-lane oval with a field. Contact: Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports, n A L A B A M A t MULTIPLEX AT CRAMTON BOWL Montgomery's Multiplex is a 90,000-square-foot indoor multipurpose sports facility near the downtown Capital city. The new facility offers 15 volleyball courts, six tennis courts, two soccer fields, 20 wrestling mats and is a good site for gymnastics, beach volleyball, horseshoe tournaments, cheerleading, boxing, weightlifting, ultimate Frisbee, dance, baton and twirling events and sports camps. Cramton Bowl, adjacent to the multiplex, was also renovated and includes four entrances, a state-of-the-art press box and more. n

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