SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com May 2018 21 t SPECIAL Feature Visit Bentonville (Ark.), said the area is well known for traditional sports such as fast-pitch softball, baseball, swim- ming, basketball, tennis, cycling, soccer and volleyball but in the past few years, non-traditional sports, such as cornhole, kayak bass fishing, cowboy mounted shooting and high-energy enduro bike races, have found Bentonville's prime geographic location, exceptional athletic facilities and affordable hotel rooms to be a draw as well. Will Prewitt, commissioner of The Great American Conference, said, "We love having championships and events in Bentonville. It's a great commu- nity, the facilities are top-notch and the support that we receive from the Visit Bentonville staff helps the Great American Conference create a quality experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans." Charpentier said Visit Bentonville's staff offers sports events planners assis- tance in scouting locations, arranging hotel accommodations, publicity and pro- motion, welcome services and a funding incentive program that helps offset event expenses. Bentonville's Memorial Park was also named the USSSA National Sports Complex of the Year in 2017. In Fayetteville, N.C., with its historic downtown, Fort Bragg military installa- tion and easy access from the entire East Coast, groups are finding that this area has the right mix of small-town hospitality and big-city amenities. By October 2018, nearly 600 new hotel rooms will have been added in one year, raising the city's total inventory of midscale and upscale guest rooms to 6,000. More hotel rooms in popular brand properties and the growing variety of restaurants in the downtown area, including five microbreweries, add to the vibe, according to Myron Jones, director of sales for the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/ VisitFayettevilleNC. With religious and athletic groups being among the strongest markets, Jones said, "We're very focused on attracting youth and sports tournaments because our destination can handle them so well. We've hosted many basketball, soccer, softball, wrestling and cheerleading groups because we have good relation- ships with our local schools and have access to their facilities." Jones said the Crown Complex also accommodates sports groups with mul- tiple venues and an arena for 10,800 spectators. In Tulsa, Okla., the Tulsa Sports Commission was created more than 20 years ago to attract amateur sporting events to the Tulsa area. Today, Tulsa attracts a variety of sporting events, including archery, rugby, BMX, ► Christian Cheerleaders of America Cheer Nationals in Fayetteville, N.C. BMX in Tulsa, Okla. Roller Derby in Columbia, S.C. Experience Columbia, S.C. Visit FayettevilleNC.com

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