SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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t May 2018 93 Blackstone Valley Blackstone Valley has a great selection of both outdoor and indoor sporting facili- ties that are easily accessible. Hotel rooms: 665 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: McCoy Stadium is a 10,000-seat Minor League ballpark. Bry- ant University offers venues for football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, track, basket- ball and volleyball. Diamond Hill Park has 29 trails for mountain biking. Lincoln Woods State Park has 25 trails for mountain biking. Wide World of Indoor Sports has five turf fields that can be used for indoor soccer, lacrosse, flag football, baseball, softball and field hockey. RI Sports Center has an ice rink. Convention center: Twin River Event Center hosts boxing and mixed martial arts matches. Contact: Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Newport Just three hours north of New York City and 90 minutes south of Boston is Newport, an idyllic seaside community along the pictur- esque southern New England coastline. The city boasts a diverse topography perfect for a range of outdoor sports, including sailing, surfing, standup paddle boarding, fishing, polo, soccer, lacrosse and rugby. Hotel rooms: 3,800 Major facilities: Opening in July is the Longplex Family & Sports Center, which will be a 167,000-square-foot facility with indoor and outdoor space. The International Tennis Hall of Fame offers 13 manicured grass courts. Fort Adams State Park is home to playing fields that host rugby, soccer and quidditch, as well as Sail Newport, New England's largest public sailing center. Glen Farm/Gardner Seveney Sports Complex hosts soccer, lacrosse, baseball and rugby. Contact: Discover Newport, www. Providence Providence, Rhode Island's capital, is convenient, offers hotels within walking distance to downtown and boasts the 100,000-square-foot Rhode Island Con- vention Center. Hotel rooms: 2,400 downtown; 5,500 area wide Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: Dunkin' Donuts Center is a 14,000-seat arena with 31,000 square feet of arena space. Brown Uni- versity Football Stadium seats 20,000. Convention center: The Rhode Island Convention Center offers 100,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit hall space and hosts all kinds of sports, including cheer- leading, volleyball and gymnastics. Contact: The Providence Warwick CVB, n While small, Rhode Island makes a big statement. When it comes to picturesque landscapes, venue offerings and sports-friendly cities, The Ocean State competes with any destination twice its size. "When looking for sports venues, northeast Rhode Island presents you with many options," said Rhode Island Sports Commission Executive Director John Gibbons. "Rhode Island has first-class venues for mul- tiple sports, affordable rates and fun things to do after the game, all in one convenient location. From great beaches, unique restaurants and shopping to a world-class zoo, museums and much more, you will want spend an extra day or two with your family." n Marathon in Newport ► SPOTLIGHT ON: RHODE ISLAND RHODE ISLAND Clancy Creative/Gray Matter Marketing

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