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Page 16 of 77 15 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 in the region. Krouse said the 18-year-old convention center boasts 225,000 square feet of fl exible and divisible meeting, exhibit and function space. Holding a meeting there is more like a "high-end hotel experience" than a traditional convention cen- ter gathering. "The food and beverage services are more like what you would fi nd in a fi ne restaurant than at most conven- tion centers," Krouse said. The convention center district is surrounded by 3,000 hotel rooms, said Krouse. "We have about 6,000 rooms all together in Ontario and Cucamonga." SO MUCH TO DO The cities of Ontario and Cucamonga and their CVB staff want to make sure visitors get the full-fl edged Southern Cali- fornia experience about which they've heard so much. Some cities don't dare encourage you to come to their area then leave. But the two cities actively promote the idea that they are a perfect "home base" so visitors can see and do much more throughout the wider region. Photos courtesy Greater Ontario CVB Disneyland, Universal Studios and Knott's Berry Farm are all major names and popular draws. The theme parks are with- in an easy drive to the west of Greater Ontario. Visitors can also enjoy a local amusement center located right in Ontario. Scandia Ontario is a family fun center with a roller coaster, other rides, elaborate miniature golfi ng, ar- cade games, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, concession stands and room for groups to gather. For those with a need for speed, as in NASCAR racing, Auto Club Speedway in nearby Fontana will help them get their fi x. The grandstand seats 68,000, and there are 28 skyboxes and a huge fan zone in the infi eld for campers and other race-day revelers. There are also a lot of activities going on at the track aside from the busy race days. Group tours can be arranged. There is always something going on at Citizens Business Bank Arena, which seats 9,500 people for professional hock- ey, arena soccer, basketball, concerts, special events, shows, community activities and business conferences. The arena can be expanded by another 2,000 seats to accommodate certain events. Left to right: The Sam and Alfreda Maloof historic home; Ontario zip-line course; Ontario Convention Center

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