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Rhode Island

Rhode Island is a year-round sports destination, and its compact size means the state’s many stadiums, fields and courts are within easy reach. The Ocean State features a variety of sports facilities and ample accommodations, and is ideal for all levels of events from youth sports to college and university athletics all the way up to professional teams. The state’s fun family attractions, pristine beaches and award-winning restaurants offer plenty for athletes and their families to do after the game.

Known as the Creative Capital, Providence has gained national attention over the past few years for its culinary and arts and culture scenes, including being named one of the 52 places in the world to visit in 2016 by The New York Times. 

The Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex is located in the center of Providence and consists of the Rhode Island Convention Center, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. RICC offers a 100,000-contiguous-sq.-ft. exhibition hall, a 20,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, 23 meeting rooms and the Rotunda Room, which provides spectacular views of the city. 

Located between New York City and Boston, Rhode Island is easily accessible by plane, train or car. About 25 percent of the U.S. population lives within 500 miles of the state.

We love holding the Athletic Championships in Providence. It’s the right mix of high-class facilities, quality amenities and a convenient location—all at a budget-friendly price point.   

–Cole Stott, President and General Manager, Athletic Championships

Contact John Gibbons, Executive Director, Rhode Island Sports Commission 401-456-0240 jgibbons@gosportsri.com gosportsri.com

Photo credit: Discover Newport

RhodeIsland_RI_DDC2Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Rhode Island_DDCThe 14,000-seat Dunkin’ Donuts Center (the Dunk) is the area’s premier multiuse entertainment and sports events arena. Home to the AHL’s Providence Bruins and the Big East Providence College men’s basketball team, the Dunk hosts sports events, major concerts, family shows and trade shows. The state-of-the-art facility has 31,000 square feet of arena space, a ceiling height of 90 feet, a 25,000-sq.-ft. concourse, a 12,000-sq.-ft. lobby, 20 luxury suites, two loges, four renovated meeting and hospitality rooms, and more. The Dunk is connected via skybridge to the Rhode Island Convention Center, which is in turn attached to the 564-room Omni Providence Hotel and Providence Place, a downtown shopping destination filled with big-name retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.

Contacts Cheryl Cohen, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Booking 401-331-0700, ext. 7123 ccohen@dunkindonutscenter.com

Debra Polselli, Executive Assistant/Booking 401-331-0700, ext. 7112 dpolselli@dunkindonutscenter.com dunkindonutscenter.com

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Photo credit: Steven Schwartz Photography

RhodeIsland_RI_PreserveThe Preserve at Boulder Hills

Rhode Island_PreserveThe Preserve at Boulder Hills in Wyoming, Rhode Island, is a unique location unlike any other in the state. Nowhere else will you find a combination of natural beauty and tranquility, a world-class 18-hole executive golf course and limitless outdoor activities. The Preserve offers golf, tennis, fly-fishing, sporting clays, bird hunting, obstacle courses, mountain biking, rock climbing, cross training, zip lines and more. Its grand ballroom and wraparound deck overlook beautifully landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls and ponds, and its plush 19th hole. The Preserve at Boulder Hills can accommodate a variety of special events including teambuilding and corporate retreats, banquets and smaller executive board meetings. Schedule a tour of the facility.

Contact Nicole Rodan, Special Events 401-539-4653 nicole@thepreserveri.com thepreserveri.com

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Photo credit: The Preserve at Boulder Hills