SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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Page 18 of 99 May 2018 19 t SPECIAL Feature Here Comes The Sun In the heart of Northern California, Redding is known as the sunniest city in California with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, according to Sabrina Jurisich, sports commissioner with Visit Redding. Named a top Outdoor Adventure Sports Spot for its world-class fishing, extensive trail system and 11 nearby national and state parks, TIME magazine called Redding the "unofficial capital of kayaking." Whiskeytown Lake and Shasta Lake are also recognized for swimming, sailing and paddling sports. The Wild West Bass Trail Fishing Tournament, B.A.S.S. National Fishing tournament and the National Softball Association events were recently held in the area, and Jurisich said the Redding Civic Auditorium, Shasta District Fair & Event Center and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail are among some of the area's key indoor and out- door venues. "Those who have dreamed of play- ing in a big-league ballpark will find Redding's Big League Dreams sports park to be the right place," Jurisich said. "The 30-acre complex features five fields, including scaled-down replicas of three famous ballparks: Boston's Fenway Park, New York's Yankee Stadium and Chicago's Wrigley Field." Champaign County (Ill.) is also home to some impressive sports facilities, including those at the University of Illinois, a premier Big Ten institution with state-of-the-art fields and venues. Terri Reifsteck, vice president of mar- keting for Visit Champaign County, said sports events from wrestling and football championships on the high school and regional levels, as well as Big Ten and NCAA tournaments and cham- pionships, utilize Champaign's facili- ties such as the State Farm Center and Memorial Stadium, and other non-tradi- tional sports are equally welcomed. From the American Cornhole Association to Ultimate Frisbee and triathlons, this central location attracts groups from St. Louis, Indianapolis and Chicago. "Adaptive sports have found a home in Champaign County, such as the upcoming Wheelchair Basketball Championships, due to the accessibility of our facilities and the community as a whole," Reifsteck said. "Additionally, the University of Illinois is home to a Paralympic training facility in track and field." The university also has the widest short track in the country, attracting Midwest speed-skating events to the area. "Finally, Champaign County offers plenty of family-friendly activities before and after the games with affordable accommodations, numerous group din- ing options, an award-winning culinary scene, and thriving arts and culture," Reifsteck said. ► Speedskating in Champaign County, Ill. Halfsy half-marathon in Lincoln, Neb. "Casper is the place where the boundaries between natural and urban landscapes blur, offering unparalleled access to recreational, cultural and commer- cial opportunities." '' —John Giantonio, director Casper Sports Alliance and Cowboy State Games Visit Champaign County Lincoln CVB

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