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MAY 2018

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May 2018 18 www.sportseventsmagazine.com t SPECIAL Feature Tournament and the Lone Star Circle of Champions Volleyball Tournament, to name a few. "Plano sets a bar high in the North Texas region for quantity and quality of both flexible recreation parks and sport-specific facilities," Moya said, adding that 51 hotels with more than 2,000 double rooms, retail, restaurants and attractions all located near park and recreation areas mean teams don't have to travel far. "Our tournament parks are easily accessed from major roads and highways, and tournament-friendly ame- nities like shaded pods with restrooms, concession pads and ample parking are a priority." Moya said Visit Plano can also assist with submitting leads, arranging site inspections, computerized housing coordination, welcome packets, youth program ideas and on-site registration assistance. In Casper, Wyo., John Giantonio, director of the Casper Sports Alliance and the Cowboy State Games, said unique geography and outdoor sports and events venues, along with ease of acces- sibility between hotels and sports facili- ties, makes this area popular with sports events planners. "Located in the middle of Wyoming, we are a four-hour drive from downtown Denver, six and a half hours from Salt Lake City and five hours from Rapid City, South Dakota, and an easy drive for competitors and fans," Giantonio said. The area is also known for outdoor ventures such as mountain biking, snowshoeing, fat biking, Nordic skiing and orienteering. "Our visitors can be enjoying our downtown amenities and be on Casper Mountain within 20 minutes, mountain biking our best trails," he said. "Casper is the place where the boundar- ies between natural and urban landscapes blur, offering unparalleled access to recreational, cultural and commercial opportunities." Giantonio said David Street Station, an outdoor entertainment venue in the heart of town, was completed last year in preparation for the total solar eclipse. In addition to serving as a public market and drawing families for movies and pic- nics, the venue will also host the opening and closing ceremonies of some of the Cowboy State Games championships. The College National Finals Rodeo, endurance mountain bike races, basket- ball tournaments and other state, regional and national sporting events take place in Casper. Giantonio said facilities, fields and natural areas such as the Casper Event Center, Casper Mountain, Casper Soccer Complex, the Field of Dreams Baseball/Softball Complex and the Casper Mountain Biathlon Complex draw a variety of athletes and tournaments. The Wild West Bass Trail Fishing Tournament in Redding, Ca. Wakeboarding in Butler County, Ohio Mountain Biking in Casper, Wyo. Redding CVB

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