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MAY 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com May 2018 97 Philadelphia is a sports city. The region has played host to some of the country's biggest special events in recent years, including the U.S. Open, X Games and Olympic Trials. Franklin Field hosts football and lacrosse. Hotel rooms: 16,000 countywide Major facilities: The South Philadelphia Sports Complex includes three world-class venues – Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park and Wells Fargo Center – with a combined capacity of more than 132,000 seats and 23,000 parking spaces. Talen Energy Stadium is an 18,500-seat soccer stadium. Convention center: The Pennsylvania Convention Center has 1 million square feet of space and hosts sports such as volleyball. Contact: Philadelphia CVB, www.discoverphl.com Pittsburgh Pittsburgh has long been known as a legendary sports town – with five Stanley Cups, six Super Bowls and five World Series championships – and a major sports destination for professional and amateur events. Hotel rooms: 5,738 downtown; 19,027 countywide Major facilities: PPG Paints Arena is an NHL arena, the only NHL LEED Gold cer- tified sports facility in North America. Rob- ert Morris University Island Sports Center has an NHL-size rink, an Olympic-size rink and two "open air" rinks, along with an in- door turf field and an outdoor natural-grass field. CONSOL Energy Sports Complex at Turner Valley features 10 grass fields. Heinz Field is a 68,400-seat stadium that hosts football and soccer. Petersen Events Center is a 12,508-square foot multipurpose arena. A.J. Palumbo Center is a 4,406-seat multipurpose arena. Highmark Stadium hosts soccer. Convention center: The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh hosts numerous sports, including karate, gymnastics and volleyball. Contact: SportsPITTSBURGH, www.sportspittsburgh.com Pocono Mountains Nestled in northeast Pennsylvania are the picturesque Pocono Mountains. The popular tourist destination spot is known for its beautiful atmosphere, which is great for outdoor sports. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Major facilities: Pocono Raceway is a 2.5-mile asphalt race track. Lake Wallen- paupack is the third-largest man-made lake entirely in Pennsylvania and is a popular fishing spot. Big Boulder Ski Area offers skiing and snowboarding. Convention center: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions opened in 2015, bring- ing 65,000 square feet of space to the area. Contact: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, www.poconomountains.com Valley Forge The hotel tax in Valley Forge and Mont- gomery County is one of the lowest in the region and there's free parking. Just minutes from Philadelphia, the central location of the suburbs provides convenient access to major roadways, the Philadelphia International Airport, public transportation and area attractions. Hotel rooms: 8,000 Major facilities: The Proving Grounds is a multi-sport complex with synthetic turf fields for lacrosse, soccer and field hockey, along with a 10,000-square-foot indoor turf facility. Competitive Edge Sports is a basketball/volleyball venue. Convention centers: The Valley Forge Casino Resort Event Center offers 100,000 square feet of flexible space. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks has 240,000 square feet of space on one level with four distinct halls. Contact: Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, www.valleyforge.org/ sports See Ad On Page 65 York County In southern Pennsylvania is York County. The area offers state-of-the-art venues such as York ExpoCenter and Memorial Park Softball Complex. Hotel rooms: 4,000 Major facilities: The 60-acre Memorial Park Softball Complex has eight softball fields, a skate park and sand volleyball courts. PeoplesBank Park is a 6,500-seat ballpark. Graham Aquatic Center is 33,000 square feet and houses a competition pool. York City Ice Arena has two NHL size rinks. Convention center: York ExpoCenter offers flexible space in multiple buildings, including the 74,000-square-foot Utz Arena and the Mid Atlantic Industrial Memorial Hall, which has two clear-span spaces, approximately 28,000 square feet in each. Contact: York County CVB, www.yorkpa.org n P E N N S Y L V A N I A t Volleyball Tournament at York ExpoCenter York County CVB

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