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JUN 2018

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June 2018 58 www.sportseventsmagazine.com S O U T H C A R O L I N A t Greenville Greenville's central Southeast location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with world-class facilities such as the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, have made it a magnet for a variety of sporting events. Travel + Leisure recently ranked the city No. 2 among The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018. Hotel rooms: 9,000 Major facilities: The 15,000-seat Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville is a multipurpose venue. Fluor Field at the West End is a 4,000-seat Minor League ballpark. MESA Complex is a 60-acre, 16-field soccer complex. Lakeside Park offers four lighted diamond fields. Greenville County Aquatic Complex houses a 50-meter competition pool. Convention center: TD Convention Center hosts all sorts of sporting events, including coaches clinics, Bassmaster Classic Expos and amateur boxing. Contact: VisitGreenvilleSC, www.visitgreenvillesc.com See Ad On Page 57 Greenwood Greenwood has lots of natural resources and outdoor venues, making it a premier destination for golf, cycling, running and water sports. Hotel rooms: 780 Major facilities: Jeff May Recreation, Wellness and Sports Complex boasts a 950- seat baseball stadium, a 350-seat softball stadium, a soccer field, a multipurpose field, 12 tennis courts, a track and a fieldhouse. Lander University Equestrian Center is a 37-acre event facility with two arenas. The 11,000-acre Lake Greenwood has more than 200 miles of shoreline. Contact: Greenwood Regional Tourism and Visitors Bureau, www.visitgreen woodsc.com Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach attracts 18.6 million visi- tors every year. In addition to beautiful beaches and numerous attractions, the city offers first-class sports facilities and 1,800 restaurants. Hotel rooms: 100,000 including condos and beach houses Major facilities: Grand Park Athletic Complex includes nine lighted multipur- pose fields. Pepper Geddings Recreation Center has two football fields and seven baseball fields, along with Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Myrtle Beach Sports Center is a 100,000-square-foot indoor facility with eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts. Convention center: The 100,000- square-foot exhibit hall at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center makes a great setting for cheer, dance and other non-traditional sporting events. It's connected to a 400- room Sheraton Hotel. Contact: Visit Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance, www.myrtle beachsports.com See Ad On Page 59 North Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach is a premier sporting event destination that is equipped with up- to-date and upscale facilities. Aside from ► EXPERIENCE COLUMBIA SC: THE REAL SOUTHERN HOT SPOT FOR LACROSSE For the second time since the event first started six years ago, Experience Columbia SC Sports recently welcomed NXT Sports' South Carolina Shootout to Columbia. Held June 2 and 3 at The Palmetto Health Fields at Saluda Shoals Park and Seven Oaks Park, the event brought 65 teams (a total of 1,400 players) from around South Carolina, as well as Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as about 3,500 spectators. n GREENVILLE HOSTS USA TRIATHLON DUATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP In April, the city welcomed the 2018 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships. A record-breaking 1,148 athletes representing 48 states and five countries registered for the event, which included three races: the Draft-Legal Spring National Championships, Non-drafting Sprint National Championships and Standard National Championships. n Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

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