SportsEvents Magazine

JUN 2018

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t June 2018 41 Bangor The Bangor region is home to more than 20 communities. The region offers venues large and small for a variety of sports, including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, archery, sailing and cycling. The third-largest city in Maine, Bangor is an easy drive to four of Maine's regions: Aroostook County, Downtown East and Acadia, the Maine Highlands and Maine's Mid-Coast. Hotel rooms: 2,700 Major facilities: Cross Insurance Cen- ter has a 26,000-square-foot arena and a capacity of 8,000. Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium is a 1,500-seat ballpark. Contact: Maine Sports Commission, Portland Portland is the largest city in Maine. Portland is home to many small to mid- size venues for indoor events, as well as outdoor tracks, fields and open spaces for large-scale competitions. The area also boasts pristine and authentic natural settings to serve as backdrops for outdoor events such as sailing and boating com- petitions, triathlons and other water-based competitions. Hotel rooms: 5,924 Major facilities: Cross Insurance Arena is a 6,433-seat multipurpose venue. South Portland Recreation Complex at Wain- wright Farms has more than 66 acres of athletic fields, which accommodate baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and football. Hadlock Field is a Minor League ballpark. Fitzpatrick Stadium is a 6,300- seat multipurpose outdoor stadium. Just outside of the region: About 30 minutes from the Portland region is Old Orchard Beach Ballpark, a 6,000-seat ballpark. Contact: Visit Portland Maine, n Maine is known for its beautiful terrain, from the rocky coastline to the beautiful blue waters. With its incredible atmo- sphere and landscape, The Pine Tree State attracts sports of all sizes and types time and again. "Event organizers often dis- cover registration increases with a Maine location because of its authenticity," said Sheila Brennan Nee, strategic director of the Maine Sports Commission. "Family- friendly locations in a sports-oriented state where visitors find natural beauty at frequent turns, seasonal calendars brim- ming with activities, restaurants boasting award-winning chefs and farm to table menus – these enticing factors all add up to Maine making for a memorable, attrac- tive location for a competition. The state's allure and offerings put a whole new meaning on 'stay and play'!" n The Cross Insurance Arena in Portland ► SPOTLIGHT ON: MAINE MAINE The Portland Head Light The Portland Head Light, known to many as the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, is a historic and iconic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The lighthouse sits at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor and it's the oldest lighthouse in the state. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy of Cynthia Farr Weinfeld GUIDES BY PAIGE TOWNLEY

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