SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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Page 16 of 99 May 2018 17 t SPECIAL Feature LPGA returns each May, according to Lisa Pacheco, director of sports develop- ment for Sports Williamsburg. "Greater Williamsburg offers limit- less facilities to host a wide range of sporting events," Pacheco said. "From state-of-the-art complexes to parks, water and fields galore, there is something for every sporting need. Every athlete gets a Colonial Guide and Sports Value Card with savings to local businesses. We also have a grant program that planners can apply for." Pacheco adds that the area is also recognized as a National Gold Medal Award winner for Excellence in Park & Recreation Management. Another Virginia destination is also investing in sports and recreation. In Stafford (Va.), the county has a new 76,000-square-foot Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center, with a 50-meter competi- tion pool and seating for 800; the new Embrey Mill Park with six synthetic lighted rectangular fields and two lighted grass fields; and Chichester Park, a new baseball complex and park for tourna- ments, games and practice. "The benefits of a sports venue extend beyond its facilities," said Lisa Logan, manager of the Stafford Department of Tourism. "Whether guests spend their free time in the county or they travel to nearby attractions in Stafford and the Fredericksburg region, there's some- thing for everyone and it's all nearby. The accessibility of Washington, D.C., Richmond, Charlottesville, Colonial Williamsburg, as well as Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion, makes it easy for tournament participants to extend their trip into a historic, fun vacation." Logan adds that with more than 4,500 hotel rooms with family-friendly rates and easy access by interstate and air, this small market is big on all the things sports planners like. While Stafford hosts everything from swimming and disc golf events to indoor triathlons and Ultimate Frisbee tourna- ments, major recent events and those on the horizon include the 25th Annual St. Patrick Day Soccer Tournament with more than 240 teams; the Premier Under Armour Tournament; NCAP Invitational, VSI Senior Champ; WAGS Rael Vodicka Soccer Tournament; the 2017 and 2018 US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships; the Annual Ultimate Frisbee Fools Fest Tournament; and a couple of inaugural runs, including the Cannon Run 4 Mile and the Frosty 5K. "Stafford Tourism works with each sports-rights holder and event owner to cater services to their individual needs," Logan said. Some services include hotel and facility selection, tourist information, and event market- ing and promotion. Miles of Parks In Plano, Texas, 75 square miles of park fields and sport facilities dominate the region and the award-winning athletics staff keeps tournaments coming back for more year after year. Ranked among the top five in The "Best Sport Towns" and "Top Soccer City" by, Plano routinely hosts 250-team soccer tournaments and is headquarters to the 850-team Labor Day Invitational hosted by the Plano Youth Soccer Association, according to Millerann Moya, senior marketing specialist with Visit Plano & Plano Event Center. "When it comes to hosting major sporting tournaments and matches, Plano's got game and plenty of venues to accommodate, whether it be baseball, softball, lacrosse, cricket, hockey, basket- ball, tennis or golf," Moya said. "Plano provides a major league sports support infrastructure to conduct the best compe- titions possible, amateur and non-tradi- tional alike." The area will host the USA Softball GOLD National Championships 16U and 18U July 15 – 21 and has hosted the Texas Draw Lacrosse Tournament, the National Youth Cricket Tournament, USSSA World Series Midwest ► Cricket in Plano, Texas The NSA World Series Skills Competition in Williamsburg, Va. Edmonson Photographers

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