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
Classic are used to
to graduating high school student athletes.
For more information, visit the Champions
Classic Web site ww.gochampionsclassic.com
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.
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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
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.
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