Lions Partner with Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus-Fort Benning, GA

by Jason Gibson

The Columbus Lions announced today that it has entered into a 3-year partnership with Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus- Fort Benning, GA located at 3901 Victory Dr. Locally owned and operated, Holiday Inn & Suites Columbus- Fort Benning, GA will serve as the official hotel of Lions, visiting teams, players, and league staff. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus- Fort Benning, GA is owned and operated by Alex Naik and managed by Kimberly Crockett Hopper.
“We are so excited to work with Alex and Kimberly the next 3 years. When visiting teams, staff, and fans come to Columbus for our games, it is important to us as an organization to show them the best that Columbus has to offer. After visiting the hotel and seeing the accommodations, it was obvious this was the best choice to serve as the Lions official hotel. As the longest continuing professional team in Columbus and one of the most recognizable teams in the country, we want to make sure we support our local owners and businesses.” – Jason Gibson GM/ Head Coach
Kimberly (Crockett) Hopper, Director of Sales and Marketing commented "Over the past 10 years we have served our Columbus - Ft. Benning, GA community with fantastic southern hospitality while accommodating various travelers and event goers including many of our military troops and their families as well as concerts, graduations, galas, athletes and sporting events hosted at the National Infantry Museum, South Commons Sports Complex and the Columbus Civic Center just to name a few. However, since completing our renovations earlier this year, nothing expresses a "Big VICTORY on Victory Drive" like celebrating this partnership between our property and the Columbus Lions!”
Kimberly added “On behalf of Alex Naik and myself, we would like to give a special thanks to Coach Gibson, Mike Hall and Dr. Jay Patel as well as all other owners, staff and team members, for the opportunity to host and accommodate your team, visitors, season ticket holders, sponsors, partners and vendors throughout the Columbus - Ft. Benning, GA area
About Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus-Fort Benning
The Hotel is located one mile from Fort Benning and one mile from the National Infantry Museum and three miles from the Columbus Civic Center arena. Rooms come with microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers, as well as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Newly and fully renovated rooms have whirlpool tubs. Suites add living areas with pull-out sofas. The hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast and parking. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness room, plus a business center.
For hotel reservations or to contact Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus- Fort Benning, GA call (706) 507-7080 or visit the website at

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