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JAN 2018

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Janaury 2018 68 www.sportseventsmagazine.com F L O R I D A t Convention center: The Emerald Coast Convention Center can be configured for any kind of event with its 30,000 square feet of space. Contact: Emerald Coast CVB, www.emeraldcoastfl.com Flagler County Natural, unspoiled beauty can be found in Flagler County. Located on the northeast coast of Florida, about 31 miles south of St. Augustine and 24 miles north of Daytona Beach, the area is composed of five communities: Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, Bunnell and Marineland. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Major facilities: The Indian Trails Sports Complex features eight multi-sport fields, three baseball fields and a softball field. Wadsworth Park has seven multi- purpose fields primarily for soccer and lacrosse. Flagler County Recreation Area offers four baseball fields and four softball fields. Contact: Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, www.visitflagler.com Jacksonville Jacksonville is located in northeast Florida. The city has the largest urban park system in the country, the longest shoreline of any city in Florida and plenty of state-of-the-art venues for any sport. Hotel rooms: 18,000 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: EverBank Field is a 76,000-seat NFL football stadium. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is a 15,000-seat multipurpose venue. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville has a capacity of 11,000. The Jackson- ville Equestrian Center is a 1,700-acre complex. Hodges Stadium at the Univer- sity of North Florida houses a nine-lane Olympic-caliber track and space for field events. Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex of- fers 100,000 square feet of sports space. Patton Park has 12 soccer fields. Convention center: The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center is located in downtown Jacksonville and offers 265,000 square feet of flexible space. Contact: Visit Jacksonville, www.visit jacksonville.com Kissimmee Whatever you're looking for, it's either in Kissimmee or nearby. The city has a wide assortment of facilities and is located just minutes from all major central Florida theme parks. Hotel rooms: 50,000 Major facilities: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre complex with a 9,500-seat champion stadium, two multi- purpose arenas, seven multipurpose fields, four professional baseball fields, six softball fields, 10 tennis courts, a cross-country course, and a track and field complex. Kis- simmee Civic Center hosts sports such as volleyball, basketball and boxing. Osceola County Softball Complex has five softball fields. Osceola County Stadium accom- modates baseball. Austin-Tindall Park features eight multipurpose fields for rugby, football, soccer, lacrosse and more. Contact: Experience Kissimmee, www.experiencekissimmee.com Lake County It's no secret how Lake County got its name: the area is home to more than 1,000 lakes. The area is just 30 to 45 minutes from Orlando and about an hour from both coasts of Florida. Hotel rooms: 2,750 Major facilities: National Training Center has five multipurpose fields, an Olympic-size pool, and a track and field complex. Legends Way Ballfields offers five softball fields and one championship field with seating for 1,200. Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex has four adult softball fields, two Babe Ruth baseball fields, two girls fastpitch softball fields and two soccer/ football fields. Contact: Lake County CVB, www.visitlakefl.com Lee County Lee County is situated in southwest Florida and includes the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. A relaxed, tropical feel welcomes visitors along with an excellent selection of facilities for sports such as baseball, OCEAN CENTER CONVENTION ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX Just steps away from the beautiful beaches is Ocean Center. The nationally known conven- tion center offers 200,000 square feet of event space and is conveniently accessible from the Daytona Beach International Airport. With a great floor plan and plenty of ceiling height, the facility makes a prime destination for most any type of indoor sport. That's why it constantly serves as home to sporting events like the Daytona 100 Volleyball Competition, State Cheer and Dance Championships, National High School Drill Team Championships and Pan Ameri- can Gymnastics Union Rhythmic Championships. n

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