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MAY 2018

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May 2018 72 Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content ake Norman is the largest man- made lake in NC and is just 20 miles from Charlotte. The southern end of the lake is closest to Char- lotte and is comprised of the unique towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. All three towns offer an array of state-of- the-art sports venues and embrace show- casing small town southern hospitality to sports events attendees over the years. Lake Norman is home to Davidson College and where one of its most famous alums grew up. You may have heard of him… NBA world champion, Stephen Cur- ry. He set about every record at Belk Arena while helping put Davidson College on the map. Not only Belk Arena, but Davidson College boasts a variety of quality D-1 athletic facilities. Another state-of-the-art facility is the Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquat- ics, which is the only public facility in the southeast with an Olympic sized 50-meter pool and 10-meter dive tower with the abil- ity to host 2,000+ spectators. The aquatic center hosted the AAU Diving Nationals last July. Directly across the street is the brand new 24,000-square-foot Huntersville Recreation Center that opened in January featuring two regulation basketball courts and 4 volleyball courts. The Rec Center along with Belk Arena hosted a 100+ girls' volleyball teams the first weekend in May for the Charlotte JVA Challenge that attracts teams from up and down the east coast. Outdoor recreation and play is your oyster too in Lake Norman. The Bass Pro Shop's Bassmaster Eastern Open profes- sional bass fishing tournament was held May 10-12 out of Blythe Landing, which is an ideal fishing tournament launch with 218 boat parking slips. Back to land, plenty of diamonds as well as multi-purpose fields including 6 synthetic turf fields cover the gamut whether it's baseball, softball, soccer or flag football. Let's not forget about golf or tennis either. The Symetra Classic, a women's professional golf tournament was held May 14-19 at River Run Country Club fea- turing 144 golfers from 45 countries. The event is part of the Symetra Tour, which is the road to the LPGA. Lake Norman has also quickly emerged as a popular tennis tournament destination with the numerous quality tennis courts in the area. June marks the 6th consecutive year Lake Norman has hosted the USTA NC Tennis 18+ State Championships, which brings 1,200 tennis players to the area and is one of the largest annual tennis tournaments held in the state. This tournament has won the USTA South- ern event of the year twice. Lake Norman has also hosted the NC Junior Team Tennis State Championships as well. Considering the sports tourism market is the largest market in terms of bringing visitors in, there is a long history of hosting a wide variety of sporting events. The Visit Lake Norman team understands the importance of relationships and will invest in the success of your event. There's a rea- son why events never leave once they call Lake Norman home. n L Lake Norman…Play At The Lakeside Of Charlotte Travis Dancy, Director of Sales "There's a reason why when we get a new event, it rarely leaves. All we know are successful partnership and the Lake Norman community gets it. From the venue quality to the experiential stay, we ensure every event attendee leaves fulfilled and with the best possible event experience. Visit Lake Norman (704) 987-3300

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