Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi

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Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 3.16.15 PMWhen you visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you’ll find Southern hospitality isn’t just a stereotype; it’s a way of life. Relax in the sun along 62 miles of coastlines or practice your swing on one of 19 championship golf courses. Explore the Gulf of Mexico on a charter fishing boat and dig into distinct flavors after your freshly caught meal is prepared. Kayak or paddleboard on the abundant waterways. Go on an excursion to enjoy the beautiful barrier islands for a day or take a trip out on a working shrimp boat. Stroll, shop and enjoy the area’s quaint towns and charming coastal communities. Marvel at renowned museums located throughout the area and take time to explore historic sites. Visit one of 12 exciting casino resorts, featuring 24-hour gaming and entertainment. Once you are here, you are going to want to stay awhile.
"As a guy who played able-bodied softball in Mississippi, to find the sport again five years ago, and then host the largest tournament in the world last year… I get emotional. The tournament’s host city must have an airport, transit, shopping, activities and great lodging. Knowing all this when I put the bid in to host two years ago, there was no other host location in my mind. I was dead set on hosting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Last year, small groups of Gulf Coasters came together and embraced us. Last year’s tournament was called by all ‘the best tournament in the history of the World Series.’ This year we want to make it bigger.” –Chris Etheridge, World Series of Wheelchair Softball (2015 and 2016)

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Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 3.26.18 PMMississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center is a 400,000-sq.-ft. beachfront facility that can handle groups of up to 6,000 people. Best of all, you’ll make the most of your attendees’ break times when you choose to hold your meeting in the heart of one of the fastest-growing resort destinations in the region. Hall E exhibit hall houses a 127,100-sq.-ft. space with lots of floor capacity and seven private meeting rooms. The exhibit hall has the latest in telecommunications, storage and F&B capabilities. In the new 17,100-sq.-ft. west lobby, you’ll find a very special niche perfect for registration, a continental breakfast or a reception. Contact Gloria Frey, Director of Sales Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center 228-594-3719 gfrey@mscoastconventioncenter.com mscoastconventioncenter.com MS_cc_floorplan

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Ocean Springs Sports Complex

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 3.27.56 PMOcean Springs Sports Complex is the ultimate recreational venue for youth and adults. The facility is easily accessible, as it is only minutes from Interstate 10. Amenities include an entrance pavilion with concessions, a meeting room and restrooms. The sports complex has four softball fields, five baseball fields, four soccer fields and two football fields. Each has access to the main pavilion, concessions and restrooms. Contact Geri Straight, Director of Parks and Leisure Services 228-875-8665 gstraight@oceansprings-ms.gov oceansprings-ms.gov