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JAN 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2018 73 M I N N E S O T A t features 250,000 square feet of space. It features the AMSOIL Arena with a 190' x 85' hockey rink. Contact: Visit Duluth, www.visitduluth. com Mankato In southern Minnesota is Mankato. The city is just about 75 miles from Minneapolis and offers a wide variety of fields, trails, courts, courses and rinks in a friendly, inviting community. Hotel rooms: 1,000 Hotel tax rate: 10.875 percent Major facilities: Verizon Center has one Olympic-size rink and a 19,940-square-foot arena. All Seasons Arena houses two full- size hockey rinks. Caswell Park consists of six lighted adult softball fields. Caswell North Soccer Park has 11 soccer fields. Contact: Mankato Sports Commission, www.mankatosportscommission.com Minneapolis Minneapolis offers everything needed to host any sporting event, whether high school, collegiate, amateur or professional. That's why the city is chosen for all sorts of events, such as the upcoming Super Bowl LII, X Games in 2018 and WNBA All-Star Game in 2018. Hotel rooms: 41,616 in the metro area Hotel tax rate: 13.15 percent Major facilities: Target Field is a 39,504-seat MLB baseball field. Target Center is a 19,356-seat multipurpose venue. U.S. Bank Stadium is a 66,655-seat football stadium that can also host baseball, basketball, soccer and softball. TCF Bank Stadium is a 50,805-seat football stadium that also accommodates hockey, soccer and more. Contact: Meet Minneapolis CVB, www.minneapolis.org Minneapolis Northwest Minneapolis Northwest is conveniently located just 15 minutes outside of down- town Minneapolis and is composed of three cities: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove. Hotel rooms: 2,300 Major facilities: Ralia Sports Center has eight volleyball courts. Maple Grove Middle School offers seven full-size courts. Zane Sports Park features eight baseball/ softball fields and nine soccer fields. New Hope Ice Arena includes two NHL ice sheets. Contact: Minneapolis Northwest Tour- ism, www.minneapolisnorthwest.com Rochester In southeast Minnesota is Rochester. The city offers big city amenities with a small- town feel and is a frequent host of sports such as wrestling, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer and hockey. Hotel rooms: 5,873 Major facilities: National Volleyball Center features 11 courts and also can ac- commodate basketball and wrestling. Uni- versity Center Rochester Regional Sports Center boasts 44,000 square feet of usable space and hosts volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Rochester Regional Stadium and Bubble contains one full-size field and hosts football, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Graham Arena Complex contains four large hockey arenas. Rochester Rec Center has one Olympic-size pool and two ice rinks. McQuillan Fields has seven lighted softball fields. Fuad Mansour Soccer Complex offers eight full-size natural-grass soccer fields. Contact: Rochester Amateur Sports Commission, www.rochsports.com St. Cloud St. Cloud is located between lakes and river bluffs in the central part of the state. Hotel rooms: 1,500 Major facilities: The Municipal Athletic Complex features two ice arenas and two baseball fields. Whitney Recreation Center features indoor gym space for basketball, volleyball and pickleball. Pineview Park BMX is an outdoor BMX racing facility. Contact: Greater St. Cloud Area CVB, www.granitecountry.com Saint Paul Saint Paul has a rich tradition of hosting major sporting events. The city boasts world-class visitor attractions, an outstand- ing convention center complex, affordable hotels and a family atmosphere. Hotel rooms: 1,800 Major facilities: Xcel Energy Center en- compasses 650,000 square feet of space and seats more than 18,000 for hockey. CHS Field is a Minor League baseball park. Convention center: Saint Paul River- Centre has more than 160,000 square feet of flexible space and has won numerous awards for its service and sustainability efforts. The venue has hosted numerous sports-related events, such as the Let's Play Hockey Expo and Twin Cities Marathon's Fitness Expo. Contact: Visit Saint Paul, www.visit saintpaul.com n Speed skating in Minneapolis

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