SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 76 Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content ith 11,000 hotels rooms, expansive sports com- plexes, entertainment and a supportive community, Bullhead City, Arizona in partnership with its sister-city, Laughlin, NV have quickly become one of the top sports des- tinations in the nation. Sports teams are coming to Bullhead City by the thousands for soccer, softball, baseball, pickleball, senior games and other events. A new $32 million Fieldhouse will further diversify athletic offering to include 16 volleyball courts, eight basketball courts, football field, soccer field and a multi-use floor for special events. The City Manager's office created a goal of an athletic event in the communi- ty every weekend. The City's Recreation staff has stepped up in a big way to ac- complish this goal with the help of nearly 10 private promoters. So why Bullhead City, Arizona? The City is centrally located between Phoe- nix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. More than 10 million people live within five hours of Bullhead City. No one else has 11,000 hotel rooms located in such close proximity to large parks. The weather is always warm. The fields are always green. There are few places in the nation that offer so many affordable hotel rooms in close proximity to first class facilities. "The City committed to becoming a sports destination about seven years ago," City Manager Toby Cotter said. "With a funding commitment to build more fields and facilities and great partners in Laugh- lin, we already become a top destination for so many teams. A few of the soccer tournaments are already have a $3 million economic impact each time they play in the community." The City works well with all promot- ers. Rather than having a one-size fits all on fees, the City Manager is authorized to work directly with promoters to reach agreements that work for the community and the private promoter who is taking financial risks to bring high level events to the community. n W Bullhead City Emerges As Hottest Sports Destination In Southwest Bullhead City Derek Sedler, Recreation Manager (928) 763-9400, ext. 303

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