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Destination Dallas: a Texas-sized show is planned for 2006.

The American Football Coaches Association visits a familiar city when coaches from all across the country converge on Dallas, TX for the 83rd Annual Convention. The AFCA convention will be held at the Wyndham Anatole on January 8-11, 2006, marking the sixth time, and first since 1998, that the AFCA has held its convention in the Big D.

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Dallas, the eighth-largest city in the nation, with a diversified economy, is the top visitor destination in Texas and one of the most popular business and leisure locations in America.

Although envisioned as a major inland port by founder John Neely Bryan in the 1800s, Dallas realized those dreams with the opening of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, not a navigable body of water. And the airport has proven to be an $11.2 billion economic generator for the North Texas economy that serviced almost 53 million passengers in 2002. Accessible in less than four hours from most major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, DFW offers nonstop service to more than 160 international and domestic destinations, and is ranked the third busiest airport in the world.

Just as Bryan was drawn to the area for its attributes, so are 12.7 million domestic and millions of international visitors who come to the city each year for business and pleasure. Once here, their choices include 65,000 hotel rooms, 40,000 live annual performances, 7,000 dining opportunities, 160 artistic attractions, 100-plus golf courses, 33 shopping malls, six professional sports teams, and world championship rodeo.

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS MAKE DALLAS FUN!

Special entertainment districts surround downtown, each with a unique flavor and a vibrant atmosphere. Taste a sampling of the city's 79 international cuisines. Enjoy jazz, rock, country & western, and alternative music. Shop in their one-of-a-kind stores. They are a magnet for all age groups.

WEST END

The West End Historic District in downtown transformed a multi-block area of turn-of-the-century storefronts and warehouses into more than 100 popular shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. Accessible by DART light rail and minutes from the Dallas Convention Center and the American Airlines Center sports facility, the area is the setting for the annual Taste of Dallas, and other events. Horse-drawn carriages and outdoor cafes add to the district's ambiance. Special destinations are The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, honoring the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and the Dallas World Aquarium with its 80,000-gallon saltwater exhibits, living coral reef ecosystem, and rain forest exhibit.

DEEP ELLUM

A center for blues musicians and artists in the 1920s, Deep Ellum offers delightful avant-garde cuisine, galleries, retail, bars, and music. Popular by day for business lunches and bustling throughout the evening with club patrons, Deep Ellum has broad appeal.

KNOX-HENDERSON

Not far from downtown is the Knox-Henderson area, locally renowned for its eclectic mix of residential, retail, and dining. Visit the east "Henderson" side for antique shops, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Then, meander along Knox Street for popular pubs, restaurants, and retail--including furniture, antiques, and leading contemporary chains.

UPTOWN

Hop a short, free ride from the Arts District on the historic McKinney Avenue Trolley's M line for a delightful journey into Uptown, a vibrant neighborhood blending historic homes, new residences, art galleries, antique shops, exclusive hotels, boutiques, restaurants, and the new boutique, Hotel ZaZa.

WEST VILLAGE

West Village is a great, new, mixed-use development on the McKinney Avenue Trolley's M-Line featuring a mix of unique retailers, dining establishments, clubs, loft apartments, and a three-story cinema. Second and third-phase development is underway.

GREENVILLE AVENUE

Greenville Avenue in the heart of East Dallas remains a local favorite for its reasonably priced, home-grown restaurants, pubs, and boutiques in an East Dallas residential neighborhood.

MAIN STREET DISTRICT BURSTING WITH NEW ACTIVITY

Its prominent anchors are the flagship Neiman Marcus department store and the Adolphus and Magnolia hotels, and its location is the nucleus of a 120,000-person downtown workforce.

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In the last three years, $95 million has been invested, producing immediate results. Fifteen restaurants, retail, and businesses have moved into area. The results are dramatic. Street life has returned. Stone Street Garden, a cozy crosswalk just steps from Neiman Marcus, is bustling with lunch and dinner activity.

Pegasus Plaza "rocks" with musical performances and special events. Newsstands, gift shops, a bridal boutique, pubs and restaurants are creating new urban life and a magnet for visitors, conventioneers, employees ... and residents.

THE LARGEST URBAN ARTS DISTRICT IN THE NATION.

Nestled in the Arts District's 60 acres are the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and the new Nasher Sculpture Center with its renowned collection of modern art-work. Nearby, Artist Square's outdoor plaza is frequently the site of arts and crafts shows, concerts, cultural festivals, and other events.

THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF CULTURAL FACILITIES IN DALLAS & 1930S ART DECO ARCHITECTURE IN THE U.S.

Home of the legendary State Fair of Texas, Fair Park is a Texas jewel located on 277 acres near downtown and offering nine museums visited by more than six million people annually. Included are:

* African American Museum

* Science Place & TI Founders IMAX Theater

* Age of Steam Railroad Museum

* Dallas Museum of Natural History

* Dallas Discovery Gardens

* Dallas Aquarium

* The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future

In addition, Broadway musicals and opera are featured in the historic Music Hall, and the majestic Hall of State is regularly used for receptions and events.

TRANSPORTATION

The railroads of John Neely Bryan's days in Dallas have been gradually transformed into a sophisticated, efficient, and continually expanding network of modern DART light rail, winding from South Dallas, through the West End Historic District and downtown to northern neighborhoods and suburbs; traditional commuter rail (Trinity Rail Express) delivering a workforce and visitors between Dallas, Fort Worth, and DFW International Airport; and a free, historic trolley service (McKinney Avenue Trolley) running from downtown's Arts District through Uptown and intersecting light rail at Cityplace Station.
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Title Annotation:82ND ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE AFCA
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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