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JUN 2018

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t www.sportseventsmagazine.com June 2018 51 Deschutes County Deschutes County is located in central Oregon. The county features dozens of golf courses, miles of trails, a ski area and dozens of alpine lakes. Hotel rooms: 6,500 Major facility: Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center is a 132-acre site that's strategically located at the hub of the tri-county area. The venue can accom- modate rodeos, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, motocross and more. Contact: Central Oregon Visitors Association, www.visitcentraloregon.com Deschutes Expo Center, expo.deschutes.org See Ad On Page 53 Eugene The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is nestled in the southern Willamette Valley and encompasses one of the most beautiful expanses of the Oregon Coast, with rolling sand dunes that span all the way to the foothills of the Cascades. Hotel rooms: 6,000 Major facilities: Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation offers 97,000 square feet and hosts baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, martial arts, gymnastics, football and more. The University of Oregon offers venues for basketball, cheer and dance, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and more. Contact: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, www.eugenecascades coast.org Medford Medford's location on I-5 is ideal for sporting events, as it's half way between Portland and San Francisco, and just 38 miles from the California border. The city is in the center of the Rogue Valley and is sur- rounded by mountains, rivers and lakes, all of which provide awesome natural venues and an endless array of activities before or after an event. Hotel rooms: 2,480 Major facilities: U.S. Cellular Commu- nity Park has 11 all-weather artificial-turf fields. Gold Hill Whitewater Center is on the Rogue River. The Expo is a multipurpose venue. The RRRink houses an ice rink. Prescott Park features 34 miles of trails. Contact: Travel Medford, www.travel medford.org Salem Salem is located in the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon and is surrounded by nat- ural beauty. Outdoor adventure sports are a large focus for the area but there are several indoor facilities for volleyball, gymnastics, boxing, wrestling and basketball. Salem is nicknamed Softball City USA for the award-winning softball complex at Wallace Marine Park located in West Salem. Hotel rooms: 2,140 Major facilities: The Hoop Salem has six basketball or volleyball courts. Capital FC Soccer Complex has 10 fields. Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex includes five fields. The Oregon State Fair and Expo Center has seven buildings. Convention center: The Salem Con- vention Center has various room sizes and hosts many events throughout the year. Contact: Travel Salem, www.travel salem.com See Ad On Page 52 ► Oregon features as much diverse terrain as it does many state-of-the-art venues. The state offers world-class running trails, year-round ski runs and natural venues for endurance and adventure sports. "With an enthusiastic fan base and mild year-long weather, Oregon is uniquely positioned to host a wide range of sporting events across the state," said Kate Johnson, marketing and events coordinator for the Oregon Sports Authority. "Oregon is a premier sports destination." n ◄ Rafting in Medford SPOTLIGHT ON: OREGON OREGON Travel Medford

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