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MAR 2018

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March 2018 68 Chesapeake Chesapeake is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of coastal Virginia. With 22 miles of fresh- and saltwater waterways, water sports are great sports to host in the city. Hotel rooms: 4,000 Major facilities: Lake Drummond is the second-largest natural lake in the state. Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex is a 90,000-square-foot dual-rink skating complex. Contact: Visit Chesapeake, Fairfax County Fairfax County is located in northern Virginia, within minutes of Washington, D.C. This fall, the area will welcome the St. James, a new venue with 450,000 square feet of space for sports such as ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, squash, golf, bas- ketball, volleyball, swimming and more. Hotel rooms: 19,000 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: EagleBank Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose facility. George Mason University has a stadium with track, a baseball/softball complex, a field house, basketball/volleyball courts, a natatorium and multiple soccer fields. Woodson High School Stadium seats 9,300. Contact: Visit Fairfax, Hampton Hampton is in coastal Virginia in the Hampton Roads region. The city welcomes visitors with charming hospitality. Hotel rooms: 2,800 Major facilities: The area offers indoor multipurpose space for basketball, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling, cheerleading and field hockey. The Hamp- ton Roads Soccer Complex has 19 soccer fields, including five small-sided, three junior fields and 11 full-sized fields. The Hampton BMX at Gosnold's Hope Park is a premier USA BMX-sanctioned bicycle track situated on the water with spectator seating, camping sites for RV trailers, a fitness trail and a public boat ramp. Convention center: The Hampton Roads Convention Center houses a 108,000-square-foot exhibit hall. There are more than 2,700 hotel rooms in close proximity. Contact: Hampton CVB & Sports Hampton, Henrico County Henrico County is centrally located in Vir- ginia and is near the city of Richmond. The county has great sports facilities, including a baseball stadium, multiple sports com- plexes and a new organic-turf multipurpose field complex. Hotel rooms: 8,600 Major facilities: The Glen Allen ► From the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia offers a set- ting that's as picturesque as it is diverse. And being centrally located in the mid-Atlantic region with easy access to all kinds of attrac- tions, Old Dominion makes a great place for athletes and families to enjoy their travel experiences beyond the competition. "With more than 3,000 miles of scenic byways, 36 state parks, historically significant attractions and 28 miles of beaches, Virginia offers an authentic travel experience for athletes and their families," said Joni Johnson, national sales manager for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. n Snowboarding at the Snowflex Centre in Lynchburg ► SPOTLIGHT ON: VIRGINIA MUST SEE: Olde Salem Days Every year on the second Saturday in September, downtown Salem, Va., is the site of the largest fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Salem. The event showcases the talent of the region's artisans and crafters and benefits local organizations. n Photo courtesy of City of Salem VIRGINIA & D.C. Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and Tourism

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