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JUN 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com June 2018 49 Bowling Green Bowling Green's state-of-the-art sports fa- cilities make the city a top-notch destination for sporting events. The city was awarded four James Farrell ASA Awards of Excel- lence in recent years. Hotel rooms: 3,200 Major facilities: Michael O. Buchanon Park features eight softball fields. Ephram White Park and Basil Griffin Park also offer ball fields. Western Kentucky University has a 22,000-seat stadium and a 7,300-seat arena. Bowling Green Ballpark is a 4,500- seat Minor League ballpark. Convention center: The Sloan Conven- tion Center is a 60,000-square-foot facility with 35,500 square feet of meeting and pre-convention exhibit space. There are a to- tal of 444 hotel rooms in its immediate area. Contact: Bowling Green Area CVB, www.visitbgky.com See Ad On Page 50 Elizabethtown In the heart of Kentucky is Elizabethtown. The small city is full of family-friendly attractions, a booming downtown area and unique dining. Hotel rooms: 1,750 Major facility: Elizabethtown Sports Park has 25 fields. Contact: Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, www.touretown.com Laurel County Southern Kentucky's Laurel County offers more than 200 miles of smoothly paved cycling routes. In addition to cycling, the city hosts archery tournaments, golf tourna- ments and triathlons. Hotel rooms: 1,300 Major facilities: Laurel County Fairgrounds offers four full-size softball fields. Daniel Boone Motocross Park is a premier motocross facility. London-Laurel Optimist Club Sports Center includes a 16,000-square-foot arena, football fields, soccer fields and an outdoor horse show arena. Contact: London-Laurel County Tourist Commission, www.laurelkytourism.com Lebanon Lebanon is situated in the heart of the state, just southeast of Louisville and about an hour southwest of Lexington. Here you'll find great terrain for outdoor sports. Hotel rooms: 150 Major facilities: The 104-acre Gra- ham Memorial Park includes seven ball diamonds, an 18-hole disc golf course, four tennis courts, a basketball court, three volleyball courts and six soccer fields. Lebanon Aquatic Center houses a 25-meter by 25-yard pool. Marion County Sports- man Club lake is loaded with largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie and hybrid bluegill. Convention center: Centre Square houses a field that hosts soccer, football and other outdoor sports. Contact: Visit Lebanon KY, www.visitlebanonky.com Lexington Lexington sits at the heart of Kentucky's sce- nic Bluegrass Region. The city offers easy accessibility, first-class facilities and unique attractions. The Kentucky Horse Park is one of Lexington's signature attractions. Hotel rooms: 7,900 Major facilities: At Kentucky Horse Park, Alltech Arena offers seating for 5,298 in an indoor arena while Rolex Stadium offers covered outdoor seating for 7,338 / expanded bleacher seating for up to 30,000. Kentucky Basketball Academy offers a ► As home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, Kentucky has a rich sporting history. It's home to phenomenal racing facilities at Keeneland, Churchill Downs and surrounding thoroughbred farms but more than that, The Bluegrass State offers venues to host everything from baseball and soccer to fishing and lacrosse. "We offer top-of-the-line venues for a variety of events and when you pair those offerings with our world-class hospitality, it makes for a great sports destination," said Seth Wheat of the Kentucky Department of Tourism. "From bourbon to blue- grass, the great outdoors and our phenomenal culinary offerings, you'll remember everything about your experience in Kentucky." n USA BMX Derby City Nationals in Louisville ► SPOTLIGHT ON: KENTUCKY Louisville Sports Commission

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