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The Perfect Fit WITH LAMBEAU FIELD AT ITS CENTER, Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a legendary sportstown, a place where sports endeavors become sports triumphs. Greater Green Bay - a collection of seven communities, including the Green Bay metro area - has a passion for play that fuels an ongoing investment in a range of sports facilities. Add to that the experience and expertise of a true sports town, and Green Bay makes sure every event surpasses its goals for success. How can Greater Green Bay make this promise? It 's all about knowing sports, knowing sports facilities, and always, always finding the perfect fit. "We have a remarkable number of extraordinary facilities here in Greater Green Bay, and we want every event in Green Bay to exceed its goals and expectations," says Joel Everts, sports sales manager, Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. "For that reason, we make sure thai, in tenns of partners, volunteers and facilities. Every event finds its perfect match." Fortunately, finding the ideal venue in Green Bay is like a sports shopping spree. With a stunning variety of facilities, along with new and newly renovated venues Green Bay makes it easy 10 find a home for any event. Ice, Ice, and More Ice Green Bay is famous for football, but it's also firmly rooted in the upper Midwest, which means a serious focus on ice sports. Built in 2000, Cornerstone Community Ice Center is Wisconsin's only three-sheet (two NHL and one Olympic) Ice sports facility. The venue has a list of successful high-profile events to prove it, including the USA Hockey Women's National Championships and US Speed Skating Jr. Nationals, each of which drew approximately 3,000 spectators. The USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Championships took the facility's largeevent experience 10 a new level, with 48 teams, 1,000 athletes and 6,000 spectators. "Having three sheets of ice that can be used at one site makes us ideal to host these large events," says Don Chilson, manager, Cornerstone Community Ice Center. "Staffing volunteers and management of the events is so much easier when all the activities are in one facility instead of being spread across three separate sites." Adding to its appeal, the Cornerstone Community Ice Center is located in Ashwaubenon Sports Complex, a 42-acre facility that includes venues for soccer, softball and tennis, as well as a skateboard park. The Inside Scoop Big events feel right at home inside the Brown County Veterans Memorial Complex which includes the 10,SOO-seat Resch Center and a 7,500-seat arena. Situated between the two is Shopko Exhibition Hall with 43,000 square feet of "column-free" exhibition space. The complex is managed by expert event planners, PMI Entertainment Group. Both the Resch Center and the arena offer additional ice, and are the largest venues for wood floor events. "The versatility of the space allows us to host some of the best indoor sports events in the Upper Midwest," says Cora Haltaufderheid, chief operating officer/ senior vice president at PM!. "We partner with the CVB 10 bring quality events to the complex, and ensure that the events run smoothly." This means that a remarkable variety of sports have been held at the complex: USA Volleyball World League, NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Midwest Regional. NCAA Basketball and USHL Youth Hockey. In addition to these high profile events, it's common to see basketba ll, wrestling, cheer, flat track, arena football and sports camps in the buildings. With professional facilities like Lambeau Field and the arena complex, it 's no surprise that Green Bay is also home to college and high school facilities that are second to none. The University of Wisconsin- Green Bay and Saint Norbert College both are both located in the Green Bay metro area and offer state-of-the-art facililies for indoor and outdoor events. In addition, most of the area's 10 high schools boast four-court field house facilities with wood floors. Hitting the Fields Green Bay's outdoor facilities maintain the same standard of excellence apparent in all its indoor venues. "We co-hosted the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship with a neighboring community, bringing 2 14 teams from a 14-sl"ate region," says Everts. "Our part of the event was held at one of our newest facilities, Southwest Park in De Pere." Southwest Park offers six tournament fields, with a seventh temporary field available as needed. Greater Green Bay is also home to Akzo Nobel Park, a 92- acre sport complex with 10 soccer fields, four lighted softball diamonds, and an 18- hole disc golf course. Green Bay's commitment to sports is underscored by the area's constant investment in its facilities, and the latest Iniliative, Bay Area Recreational Campus (BARC) offers the perfect illustration.With the mission to "offer the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of competition, promote the benefits of fitness and commemorate the unity of community," BARC, currently in the planning stages, will be an 87-acre facility with sports fields of varying sizes and types, as well as a lighted championship field and club house. Softball also has a solid place in the heart of Green Bay, and in particular in the heart of Ashwaubenon. "We've hosted the ASA IO-Man Modified National Tournament, the ASA Girls l2U Fastpitch Northern Nationals and the IOU and l2U Girls Fastpitch Northern Nationals. Interestingly enough, each was hosted at different facility ... all just minutes from Lambeau Field: the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex has four diamonds; Ashwaubomay Park has four and Pioneer Park, five diamonds," says Rex Mehlberg, parks, recreation and forestry director, Village of Ashwaubenon. Those are just three of Ashwaubenon's biggest tournaments. Strong relationships and deep experience have made Ashwaubenon a sports planner's paradise. "We believe that by offering a good product., it will bring people into the Village of Ashwaubenon," says Mehlberg. "Our facililies are close to shopping, hotels and restaurants which benefits teams traveling here to play." The Lambeau Legacy Green Bay means a remarkable variety of venues, so sports event planners can find the perfect fit for any sport. And while this is a community that 's so much more than foot ball, the roots of Green Bay's sports supremacy are definitely planted at Lambeau Field. In fact, it's one of the firs! Stops many sports leams make when they hit town. Inside Lambeau, one of the few year round stadiums in the NFL, there are both attractions and options for event planners. "The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and Packers Pro Shop are fun stops. Restaurants, catering and unique meeting spaces like the huge Atrium for banquets and events, makes our destination one of- a-kind," says Beth Ropson, director of sales at the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Magnificent though it is, Lambeau is just the beginning of what Greater Green Bay has to offer. So just ask yourself, what does your perfect event look like? Whatever it takes, the sports planning team at the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready 10 help you find the perfect fit. Visit them at www.greenbay.com.
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