SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Janaury 2018 60 A R K A N S A S t Bud Walton Arena is a 19,368-seat multi- purpose arena. Randal Tyson Track Center is a premier indoor track and field venue. Contact: Experience Fayetteville, Fort Smith Nestled along the mighty Arkansas River and cradled by the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, Fort Smith's landscape is one of the most scenic and most convenient destinations. In fact, its central geography was one of the main reasons it was founded in 1817 as the nation's original gateway to The Wild West. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Hotel tax rate: 14.75 percent Major facility: Ben Geren Regional Park has a 10-field softball complex, 12-field soccer complex, six-court tennis center, 27-hole golf course, two 18-hole disc golf courses, two sand volleyball courts and 12 mountain bike trails. Convention center: The Fort Smith Convention Center offers 48,640 square feet of space and is connected to the Dou- bleTree by Hilton. Contact: Fort Smith CVB, Jacksonville Jacksonville is located in central Arkansas, about 15 minutes from Little Rock. The city is home to Dupree Park, the center of outdoor recreation in the city. Hotels: 7 properties Major facilities: Dupree Park offers five lighted softball fields and two lighted baseball fields. Excell Park houses four youth baseball fields. Contact: Jacksonville Parks & Recre- ation, Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas's capital, sits in the heart of the state. The area is home to great golf courses, state-of-the-art multipurpose venues and a river ideal for water sports. Hotel rooms: 9,500 Hotel tax rate: 15 percent Major facilities: The Arkansas River plays host to a number of annual fishing and rowing events. The Arkansas River Trail is a 17-mile loop and the site of a number of cycling and running events. The Arkansas State Fairgrounds includes the 7,150-seat Barton Coliseum. Rebsamen Tennis Center houses 17 lighted tennis courts. The multipurpose Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock seats 5,600. War Memorial Stadium is a 54,120-seat multipurpose stadium. Convention center: The Statehouse THE NATURAL STATE Arkansas is known as the Natural State, and there are many reasons why. Whether you are just a spectator or a participant in the action, Arkansas boasts a variety of outdoor options for any sports fan. From fishing to trail running, horse racing to golfing, here you're sure to find—and enjoy—it all. n SMALL TOWN, BIG SPORTS Conway may be a small town, but the city is big on sports. That's proven time and again with its plethora of quality athletic facilities. From Cadron Settlement Park and Centennial Soccer Complex to Don Owen Complex and McGee Center, Conway is always ready for the game. n

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