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JAN 2018

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t Janaury 2018 72 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Bloomington Bloomington is situated in the southeast portion of Minnesota. The city is well known for hosting high-quality sporting events and offers attractions such as the Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the country. Hotel rooms: 9,200 Hotel tax rate: 14.275 percent Major facilities: The Bloomington Ice Garden features three rinks, including an Olympic-size rink. The Hyland Lake Park Reserve and the Bush Lake Ski Jump offers 70-meter, 18-meter and eight-meter jumps. Jefferson and Kennedy Activity Centers include 150,000 square feet of space with basketball/volleyball courts, a dance studio, a running track, fitness room and wrestling rooms. Dred Scott Play- field has two baseball fields, nine softball fields, three soccer fields, four pickleball courts and four tennis courts. Valley View Playfield houses five baseball fields and 11 softball fields. Contact: Bloomington CVB, www.bloomingtonmn.org Duluth Duluth is a port city on Lake Superior that is home to a number of the state's premier venues, from hockey and softball to soccer and football. The Zenith City boasts the state's second-largest convention center. Hotel rooms: 4,600 Hotel tax rate: 13.875 percent Major facilities: The Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center has two rinks and the Duluth Entertainment Con- vention Center has two rinks and flexible space for trade shows and exhibitions. Nine sheets of ice/six indoor hockey arenas, one designated curling rink, 29 softball/baseball fields, nine soccer fields, 41 tennis courts, seven disc golf courses, more than 40 miles of biking trails, 60 miles of hiking trails, two 27-hole golf courses, 70 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails, 45 miles of snowmobile trails, 129 municipal parks and a 26,000-square foot multipurpose facility. Convention center: The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center offers waterfront views of Lake Superior and However you refer to Minnesota— the Gopher State, the North Star State or the Land of 10,000 Lakes—one thing is certain: it's a state that appre- ciates sports. This Midwestern state not only offers quality facilities but also a variety of terrain for outdoor and extreme sports. "Minnesota's dis- tinct seasons and geographic diver- sity make it an attractive and diverse sporting-event destination with hearty winters, favorable fall temps, comfortable summers, and abun- dant urban and small-town sports settings," said Alyssa Hayes of Explore Minnesota. "A Minnesota sporting event reflects the local culture, life- style and memorable experience in our state." n ◄ Hockey in Mankato SITE SELECTION GUIDE: MINNESOTA Roisen Granlund, Gustavus Sports Information Office MUST SEE: Peanuts in Saint Paul Fans of Snoopy and other "Peanuts" char- acters will be right at home in Saint Paul, Minn. The city features several permanent bronze statues of the beloved characters in honor of the cartoon's creator, Charles Shultz, who was raised in Saint Paul. For five summers after Schulz's death in 2000, artists all over Saint Paul designed and displayed individual renditions of Peanuts characters. n Photo courtesy of Robert Ferdinandt/Visit Saint Paul

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