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         Champions Classic
  The 6th annual Champions Classic football
weekend will kick off the high school football
season in West Texas-style on Friday and
September 3-4 at
Shotwell Stadium.
  Proceeds from
the Champions
Classic are used to
fund scholarships
to graduating high school student athletes.
  For more information, visit the Champions
Classic Web site
or call the Abilene Convention and Visitors
Bureau at (325) 676-2556.                                                                                                                       Thomas Metthe/Reporter-News
                                                 A rainbow forms over Shotwell Stadium, the host to many local and West Texas football games.

            Sports Alliance                        A Sports Alliance has been formed by the                      and retail stores, attraction and entertainment
  Sporting events mean big business in           Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau to                         venues.
Abilene. Last year, 129 sporting events gener-   encourage these events. The sports traveler                       The Sports Alliance hopes to increase the
ated almost $22 million in business with         generates many new dollars to Abilene’s                         participation in existing events and to begin
65,953 visitors.                                 economy through restaurants, sporting goods                     new events and tournaments.


        P.E. Shotwell Stadium                                                                                     Golf continued from page 35
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                                                                                                                  long-time Abilenian Charles Coody.
        Abilene Independent School District
                    677-1444                                                                                      Located on 220 acres of rolling, tree-
                                                                                                                  covered land, it offers natural elevation
   Shotwell Stadium is a mecca for football in
                                                                                                                  changes with scenic views. The 12-acre
West Texas.
                                                                                                                  practice facility is a great place to
   Local high schools and universities regularly
                                                                                                                  improve your golfing skills.
compete in the stadium, which also draws out-
                                                                                                                     n Maxwell Golf Course (Public) –
of-town schools to the city for football playoff
games. Shotwell is in an ideal location because                                                                   1002 S. 32nd, (325) 692-2737
of its easy access to the Dallas-Fort Worth area                                                                     18 holes. Par: 71. Length: 6,125 yards
and Midland-Odessa, as well as to smaller                                                                            Known for its well-conditioned
communities in and around the Big Country.                                                                        greens, Maxwell’s course is a great place
Not to mention its seating for 15,000 rabid                                                                       for players to sharpen their short game.
fans.                                                                                                             The course offers a pro shop, practice
   Shotwell Stadium has undergone a number                                                                        range, club rentals and snack bar.
of upgrades since 2002, including the $1.2                                                                           n Mesquite Grove (Military) – Dyess
million installation of new artificial turf, paved                                                                Air Force Base, (325) 696-5067
parking, dressing room renovations, repaving                                                                         Not open to the general public.
                                                                                    Thomas Metthe/Reporter-News
under the stands, electrical and plumbing            The Abilene National Soccer Complex offers 11 fields.        Civilians may use the course when
upgrades and the addition of two new rest-                                                                        escorted by someone with base access.
                                                     stadium in Texas.                                               n Rose Park Tennis Center (Public) –
room complexes. The entrances have been
enhanced with new brick structures and an                                                                         810 Portland, (325) 676-6292
electronic marquee. Brick fencing has been
                                                             Abilene National Soccer                                 15 lighted courts.
replaced with updated wrought iron on the                           Complex                                          Rose Park Tennis Center was the
east and west sides, and landscaping enhances                          3025 Maple Street                          United States Tennis Association’s Facility
the aesthetics. Improvements and renovations                          692-5300 or 829-1169                        of the Year for 1999-2000. USTA-sanc-
continue yearly to make Shotwell more user              The Abilene National Soccer Complex                       tioned competitions are held throughout
friendly and eye appealing.                          opened in 2003 and offers 11 soccer fields:                  the year. The center offers a tennis pro,
   In 2007 a new state-of-the-art 10-millimeter      seven regulation fields, one international field             pro shop and lessons.
video score board was installed.                     and three youth fields. The complex also                        n Willow Creek (Public) – 1166 Ben
   At that time, Shotwell was the only football      includes a retail soccer shop, full-service con-             Richey Drive, (325) 691-0909
venue of any kind in the nation with a 10 mm         cession stand, team dressing rooms and park-                    Sharpen your skills at this 9-hole, par
video board and the largest in a high school         ing for 600 vehicles. v                                      3 course. v

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