SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

SportsEvents is edited for those who plan tournaments or other sports events.

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May 2018 64 Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content Location and Value Proposition ocated minutes from Philadel- phia, Montgomery County's lodging tax is one of the lowest in the region, and there's free parking at our 75-plus hotels! Locat- ed just minutes from Philadelphia, the central location of the suburbs provides convenient access to major roadways, the Philadelphia International Airport, and more than 1,600 restaurants, fami- ly-friendly attractions, and more than 200 arts and culture venues. The region is a great experience for players, and their families! Flexible Facilities Montgomery County's facilities have the flexibility to host top-tier events – both indoor and outdoor – with the latest tech- nology. Plus, the staff at our fields, courts, and courses are cooperative in helping plan everything from an LPGA Symetra Tour and the PGA, to USA BMX, USA Weightlifting, and AAU sports events. Some of our top-notch facilities include: • The Proving Grounds is the premier Mid-Atlantic multi-sport tournament complex located in Conshohocken. With outdoor fields, the facility features com- petition-level synthetic turf fields with lights striped for men's and women's lacrosse, soccer, and field hockey. Home to the Villanova Women's Field Hockey team, the Proving Grounds also has a 10,000-square-foot indoor turf facility with netting, a scoreboard, and movable batting tunnels suitable for all sports. • Competitive Edge is the Mid-Atlantic region's premier basketball/volleyball destination that offers five state-of-the- art floors with a 6,000-square-foot SAQ area, facility rentals, catering, and a café in King of Prussia. • The Valley Forge Casino Resort offers 100,000-square-feet of flexible event space in the heart of Valley Forge and King of Prussia. The space has a variety of subdivision capabilities, 45 rooms with four ballrooms, seven dining and entertainment venues, and more than 400 guest rooms. • The Greater Philadelphia Expo Cen- ter at Oaks has up to 240,000-square- feet of space on one level with four distinct halls. The facility can accom- modate various layouts and has more than 5,000 on-site parking spaces. The Expo Center also offers indoor go- karts, laser tag, and an on-site arcade at Arnold's Family Fun Center. Sporting events held at the Expo Center include USA Weightlifting, basketball, volley- ball, and dance competitions. Sports Sales Team/Free Services The Valley Forge Sports sales team will stop at nothing to ensure your team's suc- cess by taking care of not just your athletes and coaches, but also their families. We can help event organizers pull off the perfect sporting event or team activity with site selection and service referrals when you submit an RFP. Plus, we can help you come up with itineraries for off- time activities and sightseeing, coordinate accommodations within your budget, and support your scheduling with the VF Playbook, our the Valley Forge Sports mobile app. Things to Do There's plenty to do in Montgomery County after a tournament ends. King of Prussia Mall is one of Ameri- ca's most iconic shopping malls, attract- ing visitors from around the world. With seven department stores, and a collection of luxury retailers, the mall is the largest retail space in the country, and a premier shopping and dining destination. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor LEGO® play experience. Families can enjoy a world of hands-on creativity, color, and building fun with features build-and-play areas, including local landmarks made from more than a million LEGO bricks, to a fun and excit- ing LEGO-themed ride. The Valley Forge National Historical Park is known nationally and interna- tionally for its history, recreation, and family fun! One of the most visited sites in Montgomery County (more than 2 million people a year), the site was created to preserve our nation's history and tell the story of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78. For six months, the hills along the banks of the Schuylkill River served as the Army's home, and one of the largest cities in the colonies. The men built hundreds of small log huts, each one serving as quarters for a dozen soldiers. Visitors can take tours of the huts and Washington's Headquarters, as well as enjoy almost 30 miles of trails, and hiking, biking, running, picnics, and fishing. n L Valley Forge Sports Never Stops Fighting For You Marc Kaminetsky Director of Sports, Tourism & Convention Sales "Our organization tries to distinguish itself from other sports commissions, and one of the ways we do that is through our dedi- cated sports sales team. We stop at nothing to ensure your tournament is a win both on, and off the field." Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (610) 834-7972

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