SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2018 69 softball, soccer and lacrosse. Hotel rooms: 10,000 Major facilities: CenturyLink Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium offers multi- ple baseball and softball fields. JetBlue Park offers multiple baseball fields. Germain Arena has three hockey rinks that can be converted to host most any indoor sport. Cape Coral Sports Complex is a 52-acre park with five softball fields, five soccer fields and four baseball fields. Contact: Lee County Sports Develop- ment, www.leegov.com/sports Naples Known as Florida's Paradise Coast, Naples is located in southwest Florida on the Gulf side of the state. The area around Naples includes Marco Island, Everglades City, Immokalee and Ave Maria. Adventure seekers will appreciate the city as it's just about 20 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from the Everglades. Hotel rooms: 8,000 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: North Collier Regional Park features eight soccer fields and five softball fields. East Naples Community Park has two lighted basketball courts, eight lighted tennis courts and four lighted soft- ball fields. Sugden Regional Park includes the 60-acre Lake Avalon and stadium seating for 800. Contact: Naples, Marco Island, Ever- glades CVB, www.paradisecoast.com Ocala Ocala is centrally located in Marion County, just off I-75. The area is recognized as the Horse Capital of the World but hosts many other sports in addition to equestrian events. Hotel rooms: 4,500 Hotel tax rate: 11 percent Major facilities: Rotary Sportsplex includes 11 baseball/softball fields, four soccer fields and one multipurpose field. Florida Horse Park offers a 500-acre multipurpose facility. Southeastern Livestock Pavilion is a 36,000-square- foot covered arena. Shocker Park has six softball fields. Ocala Regional Sports- plex features four softball fields, four rectangle fields, one baseball field, two basketball courts and four sand volley- ball pits. Contact: Ocala/Marion County Sports Commission/CVB, www.ocalamarion.com Palm Beach County Palm Beach County in southeast Florida encompasses 47 miles of Atlantic coastline, 15 unique districts and 29 beach parks. The diversity of sports facilities in Palm Beach County is a vital strength for the area. Hotel rooms: 17,000+ Major facilities: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is a 6,500-seat baseball stadium. Santaluces Athletic Complex has four lighted baseball fields. Palm Beach County owns 47 miles of white sandy beaches for sports such as beach wrestling, beach volleyball and beach tennis. The National Croquet Center has 12 full-size lawns. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center encompasses 500 acres. Convention center: Palm Beach County Convention Center features two primary levels totaling 350,000 square feet. The facility is able to host mat- or floor-based sports such as martial arts, fencing, wres- tling, boxing, cheer and dance. Contact: Palm Beach County Sports Commission, www.palmbeachsports.com Panama City Beach With more than 27 miles of sugary sand beaches, entertainment and award-wining cuisine, Panama City Beach enables fami- lies to enjoy the sunshine from the field and the beach. The combination of facilities and entertainment make the city a destination that stands out from others. Hotel rooms: 6,000; 10,000 condo units Major facilities: Frank Brown Park has nine baseball/softball fields, three soccer fields, one T-ball field, one Miracle Field, three multipurpose fields, four tennis courts, two outside basketball courts and one gym. Aaron Bessant Park is home to three soccer fields. Convention center: Edgewater Beach Resort offers space for cheer and gym- nastics. Boardwalk Beach Resort accom- modates various sports. Laketown Wharf Resort hosts boxing. Contact: Visit Panama City Beach, www.visitpanamacitybeach.com See Ad On Page 67 Pensacola In the panhandle of Florida is the beach city of Pensacola. The city offers miles of sandy white beaches and top venues such as Blue Wahoos Stadium/Vince J. Whibbs ► PANAMA CITY BEACH HOSTS IRONMAN Athletes flock to Panama City Beach from more than 70 countries and 45 states for IRON- MAN. 2017 was the 19th year IRONMAN was hosted in Panama City Beach and the economic impact from the event amounts to approximately $5 million each year. Many athletes arrive weeks before the race to get acclimated to the city's weather in order to be better prepared for race day. The event consists of a two-loop swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a one-lap bike course and a run on a two-loop course. n F L O R I D A t

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