SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 70 Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content hat do Red Grange, Dick Butkus, Isiah Thomas, Steve Stricker, Deron Wil- liams, and Olympic Gold Medalists Bonnie Blair and Justin Spring have in common? They're all legends in sports who played and trained in Cham- paign County. Ideally situated in the heart of the Mid- west, Champaign County is host to the Uni- versity of Illinois, a member of the Big Ten Conference. As one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest, this community has state-of-the art facilities providing Olym- pic-quality training and competition venues with over 60,000 seats available at Memo- rial Stadium, 16,000 at the newly-renovated State Farm Center, and a world-class tennis center. The University of Illinois is also home to the U.S. Paralympic Training Site outfitted for wheelchair track and road racing, helping to train Tatyana McFadden, who recently won her 5th Boston Marathon. The area will host the 2019 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in 2019. Archery, speed skating and table tennis are among the emerging sports holding tournaments in Champaign County, as teams from across from the Midwest enjoy our easy access and our Midwestern hospitality. With a nationally-recognized marathon bringing 20,000 participants, the Illinois High School Association State Wrestling Championships with 40,000 spectators, and past NCAA Championships from Volleyball to Tennis, Champaign County excels at providing an exception- al experience for athletes, coaches and spectators. Athletes and fans can take advantage of our "Outside of Ordinary" offerings—from the award-winning culinary scene or free visits to the areas numerous museums. Who will be the next legend to compete in Champaign County? n W Champaign County—Outside Of Ordinary When you can compete on the widest, short-track ice rink in the country. 70+ 60+ 50+ 45+ 40+ 9 SOCCER FIELDS TENNIS COURTS VOLLEYBALL COURTS BASKETBALL COURTS BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL FIELDS CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES Contact us today for more information on hosting your next event in Champaign County. 800.369.6151 :: :: Ryan Reid, Sales Manager "The moment your feet touch the playing field, the rich history of our area with legends in all sports invigorates you to play hard. There's no place to compete like Champaign County, combining top-notch facilities with an extraordinary experience." Visit Champaign County (217) 351-4133 or (800) 369-6151 Athletes taking off at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

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