SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2018

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t March 2018 52 Kent County In the central part of Delaware is Kent County. The area is in proximity to more than 45 million people within a four-hour drive. Hotel rooms: 2,000 Hotel tax rate: 8 percent Major facilities: DE Turf Sports Com- plex features 12 lighted turf fields. Dover International Speedway has a one-mile oval track and seating for 85,000. Schutte Park has four softball fields and 10 multipurpose fields. Contact: Kent County CVB,, DE Turf Sports Complex, Southern Delaware Southern Delaware is home to Sussex County and many small cities and towns. The area also offers five-star beaches and flat terrain that's ideal for running and cycling events. Hotel rooms: 3,983 Major facilities: In addition to terrain for cycling, running, beaches and coastline for water sports, the area offers numerous golf courses. Convention center: The Rehoboth Beach Convention Center is just three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Contact: Southern Delaware Tourism CVB, Wilmington The most populous city in the state is Wilmington. Situated in northern Delaware in the Brandywine Valley, Wilmington offers all sorts of history, culture and enter- tainment. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Hotel tax rate: 8 percent Major facilities: Kirkwood Soccer Club has a 10,000-square-foot arena. Bob Car- penter Center is a 5,000-seat multipurpose facility. Contact: Greater Wilmington CVB, n Delaware is small in size but this Mid-Atlantic state is no small player in the sports world. With its incredible natural terrain, state-of- the-art indoor and outdoor facilities, and ease of travel from one destination to another, The First State has become a first choice for many sporting events. "The proximity of Delaware's sporting venues to each other, to major cities and to wonderful attractions is a huge part of the state's appeal as a host for events," said Gary Haber, communications manager for the Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism for the Delaware Department of State. "From USA Women's basketball to USA Cycling, from Slam Dunk to the Beach to the WNBA, Delaware knows how to make big events shine." n ◄ Delaware International Speedway in Delmar SPOTLIGHT ON: DELAWARE Air Mobility Command Museum Kent County boasts the only museum in the United States that's dedicated to airlift and air-refueling history. The Air Mobility Command Museum houses more than 30 aircraft of various sizes and functions. Visitors can learn all about the aircraft and the efforts of the men and women who helped support the U.S. military. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy of Kent County Tourism Corporation GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY Delaware International Speedway

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