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JUN 2018

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June 2018 56 S O U T H C A R O L I N A t Clemson Clemson is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western South Carolina. Hotels: Nine properties Major facilities: Central-Clemson Recreation Center is a multipurpose indoor facility. The city's parks and recreation department also offers nine tennis courts, three softball fields, four baseball fields and two soccer fields. Contact: Clemson Area Sports Council, Columbia Columbia plays host to sports and com- petitions for all ages and skill levels who benefit from the region's predictably sunny days, gracious charm and good old-fash- ioned kindness. From football, baseball and basketball to quidditch, lacrosse and rowing, Columbia is a real Southern hot spot for sporting events. Hotel rooms: 12,000 Major facilities: Spirit Communications Park is a multi-use facility that can host football, soccer, baseball and more. The Palmetto Health Fields at Saluda Shoals Park have six soccer/lacrosse/multi-use fields, and six clay and four hard-surface tennis courts. Williams-Brice Stadium is an 80,250-seat football stadium. Founders Park is a collegiate ballpark. Colonial Life Arena is a 342,000-square foot multipur- pose arena. Lexington County Baseball Sta- dium has a capacity of 3,000. Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center at Otarre Pointe features 30 lighted courts with championship-sized stadium courts. The Irmo Chapin Recre- ation Commission features modern venues and parks with more than 45 competition surfaces for tournaments and events. Convention center: The Columbia Met- ropolitan Convention Center boasts 142,500 square feet in downtown Columbia. Contact: Experience Columbia SC, See Ad On Page 55 Easley In the northwest corner of the state is Easley. It's located just 10 minutes off I-85, making for easy travel to and from. Hotels: Six properties Major facilities: J.B. "Red" Owens Sports Complex has three gyms, five multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, three baseball fields and five softball/baseball fields. Pope Field includes two youth baseball/softball fields, six tennis courts and one football/soccer/lacrosse field. Contact: Sports Easley, Florence Freedom Florence Recreation Complex and the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center are just two of the many top-notch facilities available in Florence, a city in eastern South Carolina. Hotel rooms: 4,500 Major facilities: Freedom Florence Recreation Complex features nine lighted baseball/softball fields, a gymnastics facility and three lighted multipurpose fields. The Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center includes 24 asphalt courts, six Hydro-Grid clay courts and a 5,000-square foot activity center. The new Florence Soccer Complex boasts 14 soccer fields. Contact: Florence Area Sports Council, ► VISIT MYRTLE BEACH & ESPN Visit Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance and ESPN are adding a three-year early-season college basketball event with the "Myrtle Beach Invitational." The new event will take place November 15, 16 and 18, 2018, on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The inaugural early-season tourna- ment will feature Cal State Fullerton, Saint Joseph's, UCF, Valparaiso, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky with an eighth team to be announced. For more information on the event, including travel packages, please visit n ROCK HILL IS "FOOTBALL CITY USA" Located in the heart of "Football City USA" lies six football fields, including a 5,000-capacity stadi- um. South Pointe High School is home to five consecutive state football championships, former NFL draft #1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, and 2018 Super Bowl champion Stephon Gilmore. Given the significant number of fields at South Pointe High School and the prestige of Rock Hill being named "Football City USA," this facility has become the perfect destination for some of the top football events in the country including Football University's Top Gun Showcase. n All American Games

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