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JUN 2018

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June 2018 46 www.sportseventsmagazine.com L O U I S I A N A t softball fields and six tennis courts. Contact: Natchitoches CVB, www.natchitoches.com Jefferson Parish Jefferson Parish offers a diversity of sport- ing venues. The picturesque area sprawls across 60 miles, from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Pontchartrain. Hotel rooms: 8,000 Major facilities: Pontchartrain Center has 75,000 square feet of space. Alario Center is a 75,000-square-foot multipurpose venue. Contact: Visit Jefferson Parish, www.visitjeffersonparish.com See Ad On Page 47 Lafayette In the heart of southern Louisiana's Cajun and Creole country is Lafayette. The city has the facilities needed to host sports events and tournaments but what makes it extra appealing is the authentic Cajun food, music and culture. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Major facilities: The 13,000-seat CAJUNDOME offers 40,000 square feet of floor space in the arena. Carencro Sports Complex is a multipurpose indoor facility with 20,000 square feet of turfed area. Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park includes 11 baseball/softball fields, eight tennis courts, two basketball courts and six soccer fields. Youngsville Sports Complex features five baseball fields, four softball fields, 10 tennis courts and two basketball courts. Convention center: CAJUNDOME Convention Center consists of more than 72,000 square feet of space on two levels. The venue has played host to cheer and dance competitions. Contact: Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, www.lafayettetrav- el.com Monroe/West Monroe Monroe sits beside West Monroe and both are nestled on the banks of the Ouachita River and Bayou Desiard. The area is also home to Pecanland Mall, the largest shopping mall in north Louisi- ana, and more than 100 locally owned restaurants. Hotels: 30 properties Major facilities: Biedenharn Sports Complex has 15 baseball/softball/soccer fields. Forsythe Park encompasses more than 52 acres and includes tennis courts, softball fields, soccer fields and volleyball courts. Contact: Monroe/West Monroe CVB, www.monroe-westmonroe.org New Orleans New Orleans is an incredibly walkable city that's a sought-after tourism town. The city offers state-of-the-art facilities and hotels in its downtown, which is just a few short blocks from the famous French Quarter. Hotel rooms: 39,000 Major facilities: Mercedes-Benz Superdome is a multipurpose venue with a maximum seating capacity of 76,468 and a 162,434-square-foot main arena. Smoothie King Center is a 17,700-seat multipurpose venue. Pontchartrain Center is a flexible venue with 70,000 square feet of space and fixed arena seating of more than 3,500. Convention center: The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center offers more than 1 million square feet of contiguous space. Contact: New Orleans & Company, www.neworleans.com Ruston Ruston is in north-central Louisiana, about three to four hours driving distance away from Dallas, Little Rock, Jack- son and Baton Rouge. The area offers collegiate-level sporting facilities and is constructing a new multi-use sports complex with turf fields. Hotel rooms: 750 Major facilities: Lincoln Parish Park has a 10-mile bike trail. Lambright Sports and Wellness Center has two three-court basketball gyms, and indoor and outdoor pools. Ruston Sports Complex is under construction and will include eight softball fields, 12 baseball fields, nine tennis courts and three flex fields for soccer and football. Joe Aillet Stadium is a 28,019-seat football venue. Lady Techster Softball Complex has an artificial-turf playing surface. Contact: Ruston Lincoln Parish CVB, www.rustonlincoln.com Shreveport Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state and is located in the northwest corner. The city hosts all sorts of sporting events, including fishing tournaments, baseball championships, softball and tennis. Hotel rooms: 12,000 Major facilities: Independence Stadium seats 51,000 and is a turf field. CenturyLink Center seats up to 12,000 and is a multipurpose venue. Hirsch Memorial Coliseum is an 8,000-seat arena. Cargill Park offers 10 softball fields, 10 soccer fields and a BMX track. Freedom Fields has three full-size turf fields. Convention center: The Shreveport Convention Center boasts more than ► WORLD'S LONGEST BRIDGE At 24 miles long, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. The south shore access is located in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, and the north shore access is located in Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish. n

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