SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2018

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t March 2018 61 Akron Akron is full of family-friendly attractions such as the Akron Art Museum, Akron Zoo and Akron Children's Museum, making it a great destination for planning extra time before or after events. Hotel rooms: 5,500 Major facilities: Firestone Stadium has two fields and 2,500 seats. InfoCision Sta- dium at the University of Akron has 30,000 seats. NC Soccer Club offers four indoor fields and five outdoor fields. Boettler Park includes four adult/six youth soccer fields. Convention center: The John S. Knight Center plays host to events such as Great Lakes Spirit cheerleading competitions, Akron Roller Derby bouts, All Stars cheerleading and Asian Sun Martial Arts competitions. Contact: Sports Alliance of Greater Akron, See Ad On Page 63 Butler County Butler County is nestled in the southwest corner of Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton. The area boasts the Voice of America MetroPark. Hotel rooms: 3,165 Hotel tax rate: 12.5 percent Major facility: The Voice of America MetroPark is a deluxe 22-field athletic complex, consisting of 20 natural-grass fields and two synthetic-turf fields, which can be configured to accommodate sports such as soccer, lacrosse, quidditch, Ultimate Frisbee and more. Contact: Butler County Visitors Bureau, See Ad On Page 66 Canton In northeast Ohio is Canton, about 24 miles south of Akron. It's known for being the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hotel rooms: 2,800 Major facilities: National Football & Youth Sports Complex features five turf fields and will have eight by the end of the year. Diamond Community Sports Com- plex has 42 acres of natural-grass athletic fields, can accommodate up to 16 fields, and also includes an indoor sports field and five baseball/softball fields. C.T. Branin Natatorium houses an eight-lane, 25-yard pool and an eight-lane, 50-meter pool. Civic center: The Canton Memorial Civic Center hosts a variety of events, including basketball tournaments. Contact: Visit Canton, www.visit See Ad On Page 65 Cincinnati From Major League and major college facilities to excellent multipurpose venues, Cincinnati provides best-in-kind options for events of all sizes and for all ages. Hotel rooms: 29,000 ► Ohio has a long history of providing world-class facilities for a variety of sporting events. The Midwestern state offers space for hosting everything from baseball to hockey and tennis to soccer. The Buckeye State also offers the attrac- tions to keep families and teams enter- tained while not on the field. "What makes Ohio unique for hosting sporting events is its storied sports history com- bined with the top facilities across the state available for events today," said Bonnie Bastian of TourismOhio. "No matter what sport is played and with such a wide range of sporting options, athletes and tournament directors can truly find it here in Ohio." n Girl's lacrosse in Warren County ► SPOTLIGHT ON: OHIO MUST SEE: Cleveland's Largest Features Cleveland may feature numerous sports facilities, but the Ohio city is also where you'll find some of the world's largest attractions. Downtown Cleveland features the world's largest outdoor chandelier at Playhouse Square and the world's largest rubber stamp in Willard Park. n OHIO Ohio's Largest Playground

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