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JUN 2018

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June 2018 50 www.sportseventsmagazine.com 1,000-seat facility with five basketball courts. Memorial Coliseum is an 8,700-seat indoor multipurpose venue. Contact: VisitLEX, www.visitlex.com Louisville Louisville is a city famous for sports icons such as Muhammad Ali, as well as Chur- chill Downs and Louisville Slugger. It is a city with a thriving sports community that has been home to countless champi- onships. Hotel rooms: 20,000 Major facilities: Kentucky Exposition Center boasts 1.3 million square feet of space, including the 19,000-seat Freedom Hall and the 6,600-seat Broadbent Arena. The KFC Yum! Center is a 22,000-seat multipurpose arena. Convention center: The Kentucky Inter- national Convention Center will reopen in August 2018 after undergoing a renovation and expansion that will provide more than 200,000 contiguous square feet of space and a new 40,000-square-foot ballroom. Contact: Louisville Sports Commission, www.louisvillesports.org Marshall County Marshall County is located in western Kentucky. The area is home to 2,300 miles of Kentucky Lake shoreline. Hotel rooms: 600 Major facilities: Kentucky Lake covers 160,000 acres and is home to fishing tour- naments every year. Mike Miller County Park offers baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, basket- ball courts and tennis courts. Contact: Kentucky Lake CVB, www.kentuckylake.org Northern Kentucky Northern Kentucky is within a half-day's drive of most of the east coast, as well as Southern and Midwest populations. The re- gion boasts dozens of baseball fields, soccer fields, golf courses, arenas and stadiums. Hotel rooms: 7,000 Major facilities: The BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a 10,000-seat multipurpose space. NKU Soccer Stadium has a World Cup-style field. Florence Freedom Stadium is a Minor League ballpark. Paul Brown Stadium is a 65,000-seat football facility. Convention center: The Northern Ken- tucky Convention Center offers 204,000 total square feet of space and is connected to the Marriott at RiverCenter. Contact: Northern Kentucky CVB, www.meetnky.com Owensboro Kentucky's fourth-largest city, Owens- boro is conveniently located in western Kentucky between Evansville, Ind., and Louisville. The city hosts more than 20 an- nual festivals, so there's always something going on. Hotel rooms: 1,000 Major facilities: Centre Court has six indoor and nine outdoor tennis courts. Combest Pool houses an Olympic-size pool. Horse Fork Creek Park is the largest soccer complex in western Kentucky. Jack C. Fisher Park is a softball complex. Convention center: The Owensboro Convention Center has a 44,000-square- foot exhibit hall plus 48,000 square feet of additional space. Contact: Owensboro Daviess County CVB, www.visitowensboro.com Paducah Waterskiing championships, fishing tour- naments and cycling events are commonly held in Paducah. The western Kentucky city offers many natural features for such events. Hotel rooms: 2,400 Major facilities: The Ohio River Boat Launch is a lighted facility with a five to six lane boat ramp. J. Polk Brooks Stadium is an 1,800-seat Minor League ballpark. Larry J. Heflin Tennis Center features 12 outdoor courts. Twin Oaks Lake is a 50-acre lake ideal for waterskiing. Convention center: The Paducah McCracken County Convention & Expo Center offers more than 90,000 square feet of flexible space under one roof. It's in the historic downtown and a new convention hotel is just steps away. Contact: Paducah CVB, www.paducah. travel n K E N T U C K Y t

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