SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 68 Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content idland has long been known for its iconic high school football, being one of the West Texas cities that inspired Friday Night Lights. But Midland, nicknamed "The Tall City," is quickly becoming a favorite destination for sports of all kinds. Athletes travel from all over the world to play sports in Midland. The COM Mabee Aquatic Center is one of the most compre- hensive aquatic facilities in the world and host to the 2018 USA Swimming Southern Zone Championships. The Abell-Hanger pool has 3-, 5-, 7-, and 10-meter platforms and four 1-meter and 3-meter springboards, ten 25-yard lanes, and two second story seating sections with seating for 800 and space for 350 athletes on deck. The FMH Foundation Natatorium features two pools, an Olympic size pool and a smaller pool with four 25-yard lanes. There is seating for 800 spectators and 800 athletes on deck. The Mabee Pool is an eight lane 25-yard pool. The Beal Family Courtyard is an 8,000 square foot outdoor area that can be used as well. Physical therapy is also offered through COM Physical Therapy. The Scharbauer Sports Complex fea- tures a baseball and football/soccer stadium with an adjoining outdoor event venue, and four multi-purpose tournament fields. The complex is within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and hotels. In 2017, four Multipurpose Auxiliary Fields were completed. Along with the full-sized, turf fields, new concession and restroom facilities were also constructed. Each field is outlined with different colors for easy identification. Security Bank Ballpark has 5,000 fixed seats, 3,000-4,000 additional grass berm seating, two picnic areas for up to 2,500 people, VIP suites and a lounge. Midland RockHounds, the four-time Texas League Champion, Double A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, play here. Grande Communications Stadium has 15,000 fixed seats, 3,000 grass berm seats, a press box, and video board. The stadium is home to the Minor Professional Football League's West Texas Drillers, and West Texas Pride. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC play in the United Soccer League's PDL at Grande. Bush Tennis Center, Midland's premier 18-court tennis complex, hosted the 2014 USTA Junior Team Texas Spring Cham- pionships and 2015 & 2017 West Texas Tennis Classic that included an exhibition doubles match with the Bryan Brothers, John Isner, and Sam Querrey, and in 2018, hosted a visit from WTA World #4, Elina Svitolina. Midland United Girls Softball (MUGS) teams play at the Freddy Ezell Soft- ball Complex at Ulmer Park. Multiple USA Softball national tournaments have been held at this lighted, 26 acre, 9 field complex. Bill Williams Softball Complex at Hogan Park is a fantastic facility with many amenities that will enhance your tour- nament experience including 620 acres, 5 junior/senior league lighted baseball fields, 8, 300' lighted softball fields, 3 concession buildings, pavilion structure, and more. VisitMidland provides complimentary services for sports groups and also oversees the VisitMidland Sports & Enter- tainment Granting Authority. VMSE distributes financial assistance to eligible organizations capable of providing sports and entertainment events and programs in the Midland area. n M "PLAY in Midland" Savant Photography James Durbin Stephanie Martin, Director "A lot of communities will sell you on why you should come to their city, I'd rather you hear it first hand from other Event Rights Holders and their attendees." "USTA Texas, the National Governing Body for tennis in Texas, has had nothing but pleasant experiences working with VisitMidland Sports & Entertainment.They're always quick to find an- swers in difficult situations, brainstorm on how to make events the best they can be, and how they can better themselves to bring any and all events to Midland." —Amanda Friday, West Texas TSR, USTA Texas VisitMidland (432) 686-3561 or (800) 624-6435

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