SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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t Janaury 2018 66 Daytona Beach Daytona Beach is located on Florida's Atlantic coast. The city is known for the Daytona International Speedway but the area hosts tournaments and champion- ships on all levels, from grassroots and youth to collegiate and adult. Daytona Beach is headquarters for the LPGA and NASCAR and home to the Florida Ten- nis Center. With 23 miles of coastline along the east coast of Florida, the area attracts a variety of outdoor sports in natural venues, such as beach gymnas- tics, beach volley, beach pro tennis and golf championships. Hotel rooms: 12,000 Ocean Center: Ocean Center houses more than 200,000 square feet of flexible indoor space and hosts sports such as basketball, ice skating, mixed martial arts, wrestling and arena foot- ball. Florida Tennis Center has 24 clay hydro-courts. See Ad On Page 71 Contact: Daytona Beach Area CVB, Emerald Coast Florida's Emerald Coast is located in the panhandle region. The area is well known for its sugary white sand and includes top tourist destinations such as Destin, Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach. Hotel rooms: 12,000 Major facilities: Morgan Sports Com- plex features four regulation-size softball fields, two Little League baseball fields, three soccer fields, a basketball court and a sand volleyball court. The Fort Walton Beach Tennis Center houses 12 lighted courts. The Baker Recreation Area hosts horse shows. ► From top to bottom, the Florida landscape offers excellent opportunities for sports. Whether indoors or out, on a field or on a beach, the Sunshine State plays it all and hosts it all. "Athletes and their families enjoy coming to Florida for sporting events and stay extra days before or after their competition," said Nick Gandy, director of com- munications for the Florida Sports Foundation. "Besides the top-notch events, staff and facilities, there's so much to offer in every part of the state, whether it be theme parks, beaches, nature-based activities or cultural and his- torical activities." n Color Run in Panama City Beach ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: FLORIDA MUST SEE: Welcome To LEGOLAND! LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a theme park built around LEGOS. The park features everything from roller coasters and a water park to 3-D movies and plenty of opportu- nities to get hands on and build. n Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida Resort

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