SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2018

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March 2018 72 fields and 19 Bermuda-grass fields. Princess Anne Athletic Complex includes eight lighted softball fields and seven multipur- pose fields. The Virginia Beach Field House features six indoor fields, and 12 indoor and eight outdoor sand volleyball courts. The Virginia Beach Sportsplex was built for soccer but also accommodates football, rugby and lacrosse. The Virginia Beach Oceanfront hosts sports such as sand soccer, beach volleyball, surfing, triathlons and marathons. Convention center: The LEED Gold-certified Virginia Beach Convention Center has 150,000 square feet of col- umn-free space and hosts sports such as gymnastics, and cheer and dance. Contact: Virginia Beach CVB, See Ad On Page 71 Virginia's Blue Ridge Virginia's Blue Ridge (VBR) region is known for its history of hosting successful sporting events. With venues and facilities and a beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this area continues to attract a va- riety of sports and tourists. VBR has hosted more than 85 NCAA and CIAA Champion- ships in a variety of other sports, including orienteering, quidditch, disc golf and cyclo- cross. The area also boasts 22 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius. Hotel rooms: 5,000 Major facilities: Salem Stadium hosts football. Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark is a 6,300-seat ballpark. James I. Moyer Sports Complex hosts base- ball, football, lacrosse, soccer and softball. Botetourt Sports Complex hosts baseball, cross country, soccer and softball. River's Edge Sports Complex accommodates baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis. Convention center: The Berglund Center is a 10,500-seat coliseum with a performing arts theatre, an exhibit hall and a 46,000-square-foot special events center. Berglund hosts basketball, ice hockey, skating, wrestling, gymnastics, and cheer and dance. Contact: Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge- VBR Sports, See Ad On Page 73 Williamsburg Williamsburg is a historical city situated on the Virginia Peninsula, in the northern part of the Hampton Roads metro area. There are numerous tourism attractions, from his- torical sites to museums and national parks. Hotel rooms: 15,120 Major facilities: McReynolds Athletics Complex is a 70-acre park with 13 lighted athletic fields for soccer, baseball and soft- ball. Warhill Sports Complex houses three lighted youth baseball fields, one lighted major baseball field, four T-ball fields and four turf soccer fields. Kiwanis Park has three lighted ball fields. Contact: Sports Williamsburg, Washington, D.C. Politics may be the biggest sport in the nation's capital but Washington, D.C., knows a thing or two about hosting a sporting event. In fact, the District is home to professional teams in all five major leagues, as well as 11 colleges competing in Division I, II and II athletics. "In 2018 alone, Washington, D.C., will host the MLB All-Star Game, Atlantic 10 Men's College Basketball Tournament and an international rugby match between Wales and South Africa, all while bidding as a candidate host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup," said Chala Jones, communication and marketing manager for the sports and entertainment division of Events DC/Destination DC. Fun fact: Washington, D.C., was ranked the "#1 Fittest City in America" by the ACSM American Fitness Index in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016, more times than any other U.S. city. Hotel rooms: 32,650 Major facilities: Skate Park at RFK Sta- dium is an outdoor venue for skateboarders. The 15,000-square-foot facility is open daily for public use. Designed by pro skater Geoff Rowley and California Skateparks this is the first major skate park in Wash- ington, D.C. RFK Stadium is a 45,423-seat soccer facility. Capital One Arena is a 19,000-seat multipurpose venue. Nationals Park is a 41,546-seat ballpark. Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University is a 5,000-seat multipurpose arena. DC Armory has 70,000 square feet of space. Convention center: Walter E. Washing- ton Convention Center boasts 2.3 million square feet of space and has hosted sports such as volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, and cheer and dance. Contact: Events DC, n KING NEPTUNE A 34-foot polished bronze statue of the mythological god Neptune is situated at the en- trance of Neptune Park on the Atlantic Ocean. Weighing 12 tons, the statue was sculpted by Paul DiPasquale. n V I R G I N I A t

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