SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 48 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content onveniently located in the Midwest, Bloomington-Normal is a great meeting place for athletes from across the country. The Bloomington-Normal area is accessible from Chicago to the north and St. Louis to the south. Travelers from the east and west can come in via Interstate 74. The Central Illinois Regional Airport on Bloomington's east side is served by several major airlines, including Alle- giant, American and Delta. Our wide-range of facilities attract tournaments both big and small. Some of our major facilities include Cham- pion Fields, Hancock Stadium, Redbird Arena, Shirk Center and Grossinger Motors Arena. We are proud of our reputation as a host community, as evidenced by the large quantity of repeat events we host annually. We are the home of the Illinois High School Association state finals for Dance, Cheerleading, Girls Basketball, Boys Golf and Girls Volleyball, the State Farm Holiday Classic, which is the largest holiday basketball tournament in Illinois, and the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. In addition, we have created two events that are unique to the region: The State Farm Youth Classic will celebrate its 17th anniversary in 2018. The tour- nament hosts golfers between the ages of three and twenty-two that participate at six different area golf courses. Since 2001, the tournament has welcomed golfers from 29 states and 14 coun- tries. The State Farm Youth Classic is included in the American Junior Golf Association's Performance Based Entry Recognition System and is a Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked tournament. A 25-member committee continues to make the State Farm Youth Classic a successful annual event. Each July, over 1,000 wrestlers regis- ter for the Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament, our second event that we own and operate. The tournament was created in 2004 and attracts wrestlers from across the country. Midwest Nationals features seven male divisions and four female divisions, and both team and individual awards are given out. The tournament has seen many celebrity clinicians and guests over the years, including Dan Gable, Barry Davis and Anthony Robles. While facilities are a major factor in determining an event's success, hospi- tality and service cannot be overlooked. The Bloomington-Normal Area Con- vention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission can assist with everything from site selection and registration assistance, to sending out press releases and providing visitor guides, tear-off maps and coupon cards. "Working with the Bloomington- Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau is always a great pleasure," says Illinois High School Association Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert. "The staff works tirelessly to ensure every aspect of the event is taken into consider- ation and planned out. As a tournament director for the Illinois High School Association, I see first-hand the work the BNCVB does to bring events into their community that benefits it as a whole." Host your next event with use and you'll see why Bloomington-Normal is serious about sports! n C Where World-Class Facilities Meets Midwestern Hospitality Matt Hawkins, Sports Marketing Manager " At the crossroads of conve- nience and hospitality, Bloom- ington-Normal is unsurpassed for its accessibility, facilities, and teamwork. Our expert team offers a number of services that can assist your organi- zation in creating or improving an athletic event, and ensure your attendees have a wonderful experience when they play in BN." Bloomington-Normal Convention & Visitors Bureau (309) 665-0033 or (800) 433-8226 Matt@visitbn.org www.VisitBN.org

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