SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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Page 60 of 99 May 2018 61 Sponsored Content Small Markets...Big On Sports! the eyes of the sporting world turn to the starting line of the Boston Mara- thon in Hopkinton, MA, they fall on a locale known for embracing and winning over the massive influx of competitors as well as spectators. The MetroWest region—just west of Boston—has long been the perfect host to visiting athletes and their fans, due to its high number of sports facilities and surrounding attractions. Tournaments here draw teams from all across the nation and world, attracted by its 150-plus soccer and lacrosse fields, 225-plus baseball and softball fields, and four ice hockey arenas (including the nation's largest hockey facili- ty, New England Sports Center, with eight rinks), as well as a myriad of additional sports facilities. Luckily for competitors and fans alike, MetroWest is home to 45 brand hotels with over 6,000 rooms available, so finding a place to lay your head after leaving it all on the field is never an issue. In addition to the facilities and ame- nities, MetroWest's convenient location adds to the region's popularity as a sports destination. A half-hour from both of New England's largest cities—historic Boston and Worcester—MetroWest is at the inter- section of major north-south and east-west interstates, 90 minutes from the world-fa- mous beaches of Cape Cod, and just a short ride from four airports, including Logan International. What can your team and fans do between games? The region's venues know what visitors like to do! Families rave about the area's six state parks, as well as its lake beaches. The new Apex Center in Marlborough is an all-in-one complex featuring dining, hotels, movies, trampo- line park, Go-Karts, and almost anything you can imagine to entertain visitors of all ages. In addition, a dozen local craft breweries offer a tasty way to socialize with fellow competitors. Visitors to the area also flock to the superb shopping destinations, including the luxury brands at Natick Mall—New England's largest enclosed mall—and the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, which truly make the MetroWest the shopping mecca of Massachusetts. n As Susan Nicholl "Location! Location! Loca- tion! Plan your tournament in a region that's within a one-hour drive from four states, 30 minutes from Boston, and 90 minutes from Cape Cod. Lots to do here, but without the urban hassles of parking and high prices." (508) 361-9881 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go To MetroWest! 25 minutes from Boston: • 8 full-size ice rinks at the New England Sports Center • 3 fully lit turf fields at New England Baseball Complex • 8 additional indoor soccer, lacrosse & hockey facilities • More than 150 soccer and 200 baseball/soball fields outdoors • 45 hotels, world-class shopping and dining experiences • 8-court, world-class badminton facility • Home of the Boston Marathon starting line MetroWest M A S S A C H U S E T T S 508-361-9881 MetroWest Visitors Bureau

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