SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Page 62 of 75 January 2018 63 Aurora In Aurora, event planners and rights holders can pick from an almost unlimited number of facilities for any game, from soccer and lacrosse to swimming and riding. Hotel rooms: 9,239 Major facilities: Aurora Sports Park features 12 baseball/softball fields, 27 soc- cer fields and a soccer championship field. The Aurora Reservoir accommodates fish- ing, sailing, swimming and windsurfing. Plans are underway for the construction of a two-story, 55,000-square-foot Aurora Central Recreation Center. The recreation center will include an aquatics area, gym, elevated walking/jogging track and fitness area. Construction is expected to be com- pleted in winter of 2018 or early 2019. Contact: Visit Aurora, www.visit Boulder Boulder provides a unique setting for any sporting event. Known for its active outdoor lifestyle, this walkable, compact college town sits about 30 minutes north of Denver. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Major facilities: The University of Colorado Boulder has facilities for basket- ball, football, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and volleyball. Contact: Boulder CVB, www.boulder Colorado Springs Known as Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs offers amazing backdrops such as Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Park. Paired with its state-of-the-art venues, fields and event centers, the area is an obvious choice for planners. Hotel rooms: 14,500 Major facilities: Broadmoor World Arena includes one Olympic-size sheet of ice and 19,500 square feet of floor space. World Arena Ice Hall has two sheets of ice. El Pomar Youth Sports Park offers nine natural-grass baseball diamonds, eight mul- tipurpose natural-grass fields and one ► Whether you're looking for facilities for traditional team sports such as foot- ball and baseball or unique terrain for extreme individual sports such as skiing and snowboarding, Colorado has a wide variety of offerings for every type of athlete. The Centennial State also offers vibrant cities and beautiful mountain- ous terrain to impress even the most discerning of travelers. "Often named as one of the fittest states in the country, sports, athletics, fitness and health are engrained on Colorado's DNA," said Kirstin Koszorus, communications man- ager for the Colorado Tourism Office. "Colorado offers several destinations that can hold a variety of different sporting events while located in a beau- tiful Rocky Mountain setting." n ◄ Lacrosse in Vail SITE SELECTION GUIDE: COLORADO MUST SEE: Pikes Peak A visit to Colorado Springs, Colo., isn't complete without making a trip to the top of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak. The second-most-visited mountain in the world—Mt. Fuji is first—Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. n COLORADO Photo courtesy of Town of Vail

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