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JUN 2018

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t June 2018 54 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Aiken Aiken is in the western part of the state and is home to the University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken. The city is home to Citizens Park Sports Complex. Hotels: 16 properties Major facilities: Citizens Park has 15 fields spanning more than 20 acres. Odell Weeks Tennis Center includes 20 courts. The Convocation Center at USC Aiken is an indoor multipurpose venue. Contact: City of Aiken Tourism Division, www.visitaikensc.com Anderson Located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Anderson can meet most any athletic need. A highlight of Anderson is Lake Hartwell, a 56,000-acre championship fishery with 962 miles of shoreline, which features the Green Pond Landing & Event Center, a 30-acre launch facility for fishing tournaments from local trials to the Bassmaster Classic. Hotel rooms: 1,600 Major facilities: Green Pond Landing & Event Center is built for hosting large fishing tournaments. Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center includes three soccer fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, eight hard tennis courts, two pickleball courts and baseball/softball fields. T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena at Clemson University is a 3,000-seat indoor show arena. Leda Poore Park features six hard tennis courts, one softball field, one baseball field, one soccer field and one multipurpose field. Contact: Visit Anderson, www.visit anderson.com Charleston The Charleston area has quickly carved out a niche as one of the world's "best kept se- cret" destinations, recognized as a growing hotspot for dining and shopping. Combined with its historic attractions as well as signa- ture sporting events, it continues to receive national accolades. In fact, in 2017 and for the seventh consecutive year, Charleston was voted the No. 1 in Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards for The Best Small Cities in the U.S. category. Hotel rooms: 16,734 Major facilities: Volvo Car Stadium and Family Circle Tennis Center includes a 10,000-seat stadium and 17 tennis courts. MUSC Health Stadium is a 5,113-seat soccer-specific stadium. Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park is a 5,500-seat ballpark. The 60-acre Mullet Hall Equestrian Center has seven miles of riding trails. The Charleston Mar- itime Center is a sailing and water sports facility. The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium and McAlister Field House are a 10,000-seat stadium and 6,000-seat arena, respectively. Carolina Ice Palace is a two- rink facility. Contact: Charleston Area Sports Commission, www.sportscouncil.org ► Southern hospitality meets scenic beauty in South Carolina. The Palmetto State is home to a variety of sports events and its appeal as a sports destination has attracted numerous unique events, such as disc golf and the World Quidditch Cup. "South Carolina communities have wisely invested in a variety of sports ven- ues to make it an ideal destination for sporting events," said Dawn Dawson-House, director of corporate communications for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. "Additionally, South Carolina's mild climate, with average temperatures ranging from 76 degrees in the spring and fall, to 58 in the winter and 91 in the summer, make it an outstanding outdoor sports venue." n ◄ Rowing in Columbia SPOTLIGHT ON: SOUTH CAROLINA

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