APR 2014

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A P R I L 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 C H A R L O T T E Cabarrus County, just northwest of Charlotte's interstate beltway, has long been known as the place "where racing lives." It's home to Char- lotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway in Concord and other car-racing operations. The Concord Convention Center provides 42,000 square feet of meeting space, includ- ing the nearly 29,000-square-foot Concord Ball- room. It is part of the 308-room Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord Golf Resort & Spa located next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which itself offers 13,000 square feet of flexible event space in The Speedway Club. Another hotel close to the speedway is the 118- room Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/ Concord, which has 5,000 square feet of meeting space. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills has more than 5,000 sea creatures including sharks, seahorses, octo- pus and jellyfish that swim in its 150,000 gallons of water. The facil- ity features an underwater tunnel and the Interactive Touchpool Experience. "SEA LIFE Char- lotte-Concord Aquarium at Concord Mills provides a unique new space for meeting planners to host remarkable receptions," said Donna Carpenter, president and CEO of the Cabarrus County CVB. "The Bay of Rays room at SEA LIFE can accommodate private events with up to 80 guests." Carpenter also mentioned the addition of more than 4,000 square feet of ballroom space added to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord as another re- cent development. The 400-room lodge has more than 8,500 square feet of flexible meeting space in its 20,000-square-foot conference center. The resort has the largest indoor waterpark in the Carolinas along with kid-friendly entertainment venues, and several restaurants and shops. The Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, about six miles outside Concord, offers more than 71,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 29,000-square-foot arena floor. Food and beverage is by SAVOR…Catering by SMG. ■ Cabarrus County CVB CONCORD: Home To Charlotte Motor Speedway More than 5,000 sea creatures can be seen at The Bay of Rays room at SEA LIFE Charlotte- Concord Aquarium. 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/27/14 4:20 PM Page 39

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