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MAY 2018

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May 2018 38 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content hile Stafford has long been known as the childhood home of our nation's first president, today the county is growing its reputation as an outstanding sports location. Stafford's outstanding sports venues, accommodations, local attractions and relative affordability, combined with its proximity to the nation's most popular historic attractions, make it a sure bet for many sports events. Stafford is located along I-95, just 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., in the heart of one of the nation's most historic regions. More than 60 percent of the nation's population lives within a day's drive. The county offers outstanding facilities for the following sports: • Swimming • Soccer • Lacrosse • Field Hockey • Football • Baseball • Softball • Disc Golf • Tennis • Fishing • Cross Country • Ultimate Frisbee • Triathlon/Indoor Triathlon • Races Here are a few examples of the investment that the county has made in its sports venues: New Competition Swim Center The county's new state-of-the-art, 76,000- square-foot Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center offers a 50-meter competition pool, over 800 spectator seats and a 25-yard recreation pool, plus more. New Rectangular Multi-Sports Complexes The new Embrey Mill Sports Complex offers six synthetic lighted rectangular fields and two lighted grass fields, plus a playground, concessions, restrooms and ample parking. Two additional U/10-U/12 lighted grass fields are planned for 2020. New Baseball Complex Chichester Park includes a new baseball complex and park, making it a great place for groups to host tournaments, games or practices. It offers four 60/70-foot diamond fields, one 90-foot baseball field, protected spectator seating, a large picnic pavilion with restrooms and grills, concessions, ample parking and trails for hiking and jogging. The benefits of Stafford's sports venue extend beyond its facilities. Whether guests spend their free time in the county or they travel to nearby attractions in Stafford and the Fredericksburg region, there's something 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 memorable, fun vacation. It's also relatively more affordable to hold events in Stafford, both for the sponsoring organization and for the participants. Over 4,500 hotel rooms serve the region and their rates are family- friendly. Plus, the county is home to all the restaurants families know and love! It's also easy to get to Stafford, not only via Interstate-95, but also by air. Three major airports—Dulles International, Reagan National and Richmond International—are located as little as 45 minutes away. n W Stafford, Virginia. George Washington Stayed & Played Here. Shouldn't You? WASHINGTON, DC RICHMOND STAFFORD V I R G I N I A Lisa M. Logan, Tourism Manager "A destination such as Stafford County brings vibrant, well- known historical attractions, beautiful parks, art exhibits, excellent golf courses, hiking, biking, and diverse recreational attractions in one of Virginia's fastest growing counties and we welcome all to share this experience." Stafford County (540) 658-4580 tourism@staffordcountyva.gov tourstaffordva.com

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