The South
Shows Off For Events

American Pharoah began his historic Triple Crown run at the Kentucky Derby, which is held annually the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Lexington Herald-Leader/Zuma Wire

By Rachel Carter

The South arguably boasts some of the nation’s best music, tastiest food and richest culture—factors that are just as important to event organizers as the region’s wealth of sports fields and tournament venues and mild year-round temperatures.

Lakes and rivers, bays and bayous serve as venues for fishing and flyboarding, while state-of-the art arenas and expansive convention centers host basketball showdowns and volleyball face-offs. Add the wide range of sports facilities to the Southern cooking, Southern comfort and famous Southern hospitality, and organizers can’t go wrong.

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