SportsEvents Magazine

JUN 2018

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t June 2018 62 Branson Located in the beautiful Ozark Moun- tains, Branson is one of the premier vacation destinations in Missouri. With lots of live entertainment, three pristine lakes, championship golf and dozens of attractions, the city's wide variety of entertainment provides something fun to do for all ages. Hotel rooms: 16,500 Major facility: Branson RecPlex is a 44,000-square-foot venue with two gyms and a three-lane indoor track, along with an aquatic center, a baseball/softball complex and soccer fields. Contact: Branson/Lakes Area CVB, Cape Girardeau In southeast Missouri, between St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn., lies Cape Girardeau. The city is situated on the Mississippi River, so it's surrounded by vast natural beauty. Hotel rooms: 900 Major facilities: Show Me Center is a multipurpose facility that can seat up to 4,950. Capaha Park features a nine-hole disc golf course and a basketball court. Arena Park has sand volleyball courts, ten- nis courts, and softball and baseball fields. Shawnee Park Sports Complex includes softball and soccer fields. Contact: Cape Girardeau CVB, Columbia Columbia is a fantastic sports event desti- nation. Its central location between Kansas City and St. Louis makes Columbia easily accessed from all directions. Hotel rooms: 3,800 Coming soon: Columbia Sport Field- house will house four courts and approxi- mately 45,000 square feet of space. Major facilities: Atkins Baseball Complex has three baseball/softball fields. Mizzou Aquatic Center has a 50-meter pool and a diving well. Gans Creek Recreation Area has five full-size grass soccer fields and will add a cross-country course in 2019. Contact: Columbia CVB, www.visit Kansas City The largest city in Missouri, Kansas City is located on the western edge of the state. Kansas City was recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the Top 10 Cities for Sports-Crazed Fans. Hotel rooms: 32,000 Major facilities: Sprint Center is an 18,000-seat multipurpose glass arena. Kauffman Stadium is a Major League ballpark. Arrowhead Stadium is a football stadium. Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex has 12 lighted, regula- tion-size synthetic fields. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena is an a 5,800-seat indoor stadium. Contact: Visit KC, Lake of the Ozarks In the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri is Lake of the Ozarks. The fami- ly-fun destination has all sorts of attractions to enjoy pre- or post-event. Hotel rooms: 3,500 Major facilities: The Lake of the Ozarks covers 54,000 acres and has more than 1,150 miles of shoreline. The area also offers numerous golf courses. Contact: Lake of the Ozarks CVB, Missouri is a Midwestern state that's home to so much more than grassy plains and the Ozark Mountains. In The Show-Me State, you'll find a thriving sports fan base that welcomes events of all types and sizes. "It's no secret that Missourians are some of greatest sports fans in the world," said Lori Simms, interim director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. "Football, baseball, basket- ball, hockey, soccer – we love them all! With our central location, welcoming communities and variety of facilities, Missouri is a perfect place to host sporting events of all types and sizes. We also offer many family-friendly attractions perfect for pre- and post-game activities." n See Ad On Page 63 ◄ Tennis in Springfield SPOTLIGHT ON: MISSOURI MISSOURI Springfield, MO CVB

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