Why St. Pete/Clearwater?
Situated on a sun-drenched peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater is the most popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico with 35 miles of award-winning white-sand beaches. And while there’s plenty to do in the area, from fascinating museums to nature preserves, all this sunshine means one thing: St. Pete/Clearwater is the perfect place to host nearly any sports tournament.
Event planners will rejoice when they arrive to St. Pete/Clearwater, as they are immediately presented with a choice between some of the finest beaches (TripAdvisor ranked two area beaches in their Top 25 U.S. Beaches in 2017), athletic facilities and golf courses in the nation. Sand Key Park is a premier getaway and a great place to play some sand volleyball. For those interested in golf, there are 52 courses in the area with four major courses that tourists flock to, including the legendary Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor which hosts an annual PGA TOUR event. Meanwhile, North Shore boasts an aquatic complex and a pristine beach, while Oldsmar gives disc golfers the best course in all of Florida. If you love being outdoors, you will thoroughly enjoy everything the St. Pete/Clearwater area has to offer.
What Can We Do in St. Pete/Clearwater?
Ultimately, even the most thrilling baseball game has to end, even the most exciting beach volleyball match cannot go on forever and even Florida’s finest golf courses have only 18 holes. Thus, there will be a time when visitors need to look away from athletics and see what the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area has to offer. Hint: They won’t be disappointed.
The first checkpoint should be The Dalì Museum, home to the largest collection of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali’s works outside of Spain. Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, this attraction plays a vital role in the culture life of the community, inspiring and delighting visitors with the renowned artist’s greatest works. Those inclined to the arts might also consider stopping at the Morean Arts Center, which displays works by local, national and international artists, as well as The Chihuly Collection, boasting a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned glass blowing artist, Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. Sunken Gardens is an awe-inspiring place boasting more than 60,000 tropical plants and flowers. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a rescue and rehabilitation center, specializing in dolphins, sea turtles, otters and more, and is home to Winter, the star of the box office hits “Dolphin Tale” and Dolphin Tale 2.” With its wide sugar-sand beaches and emerald-clear surf dotted with dolphins, there’s no better way to spend leisure time in St. Pete/Clearwater than basking in the sun on one of America’s Best Beaches.
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- In-destination activations and event productions
- Menu of in-kind and event services available
- Sports and events staff boast over 60 collective years of event production and execution
- 35 miles of white-sand beaches, consistently ranked among America’s top beaches
- Cultural epicenter of Tampa Bay region
Since 2003 Oldsmar BMX and the St. Pete Clearwater Sports & Events team have been host to the annual USA BMX Gator Nationals, one of our most prestigious events. St. Pete Clearwater Sports & Events is unequivocally one of the best we work with year after year. It is their dedication to sport and BMX racing that has allowed to grow the event year after year, and we could not be happier to have them as one of our most valued partners.
–John David, Chief Operating Officer, USA BMX
As an event organizer for one of the largest paddling events in the United States, I could not as for a better venue than Honeymoon Island State Park, as well as the town of Dunedin, Florida. The venue provides us with not only beautiful beaches, but with amazing staff support from the rangers and safety support from State Law Enforcement (FWC). Since we host over 600 participants, we always receive the warmest welcome from local businesses that host our athletes in hotels, provide venues for parties, and financially sponsor the event. Besides our local support and venue, our biggest fan is Visit St Petersburg Clearwater. We absolutely could not have seen the growth of our event over the last 14 years, nor have the quality of event that we organize, without the knowledge, support, and hospitality of this organization. We are proud to have them on-board with us, and look forward to continuing our relationship with them.
–Karen Mirlenbrink, Organizer, the Shark Bite Challenge
VSPC and SPC Sports & Events has been a tremendous partner for a number of years and across a number of events – ranging from our baseball championship at Spectrum Field to our golf championship at Copperhead course at Innisbrook. Our biggest take-away is the high-level of service, expertise in the field and – most important to me – the investment of time and spirit of collaboration. I truly enjoy this partnership which has grown more into a relationship with the feeling of shared ownership and ultimately the desire for our events to be successful, enjoyable and memorable not only for the teams and student-athletes, but for the fans and community as well. I look forward to many more years of this burgeoning association with VSPC as we look to grow the profile our events as well as our Conference’s national brand awareness.
–James Siedliski, Associate Commissioner, the American Athletic Conference
Sand Key Park
Sports: Various Beach Sports, Open Water Swimming, Paddling
Visitors never get tired of taking in the immaculate scenery at Clearwater’s Sand Key Park, where there are opportunities to lie on the beach, play a game of sand volleyball or take a stroll by the ocean. This peaceful paradise boasts beach cabanas, large bathhouses, a dog park, a playground and seasonal lifeguards. It is the perfect spot for a serene family vacation or maybe even a volleyball tourney. One more attraction: Endangered sea turtles often lay eggs on the Sand Key beach, always a treat for tourists and locals alike.
Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex
The Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex boasts nine fields at three different locations, all of which are situated on Drew Street and connected by the East-West Trail. There are five 200-foot fields, two 250-feet fields and two 200-foot fields, along with soft-toss areas for warm-ups. In addition, fields 8 and 9 are equipped with a state-of-the-art training facility with covered batting tunnels. As the icing on the cake, Moore Softball Complex has picnic areas, shelters, benches, concessions and restrooms, making it the ideal spot to host a large-scale softball tourney.
North Shore Aquatic Complex
Sports: Swimming, spring board diving
North Shore, located on the St. Petersburg waterfront, is one of Florida’s premier locations for enjoying the water. Open year-round and a prime site for swim meets,, it features a 50-meter Olympic size pool with a diving board, a 25-yard training pool with zero-depth entry, a play pool with a giant flume slide, a splash pad and accessible zero- depth entry throughout.
Oldsmar Disc Golf Course
Sports: Disc golf
Looking for a venue that is new? A place that doesn’t have any wear and tear? Look no further—Oldsmar Disc Golf Course held its grand opening on June 24, 2017, and has been growing in popularity ever since. Designed by Trevor Toenjes, this championship-style course offers 18 holes that vary in difficulty, with a mixture of open and heavily-wooded fairways. There is water in play on seven of the holes, making Oldsmar both challenging and exciting.
Sports: Swimming, spring board diving, basketball, volleyball, football, running, soccer
Located in Clearwater, the Long Center contains a 50-meter Olympic size pool and a heated training pool. It also boasts a state-of-the-art gym and fitness center equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, and a stair stepper. There are also football and soccer fields, paved paths and a playground. All in all, just about anyone will enjoy spending time at this do-it-all venue.
St. Pete/Clearwater boasts 52 courses with four major courses that tourists flock to, including the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor. Innisbrook is home to four incredible golf courses: Copperhead Course, North Course, South Course and Island Course. Designed by architect Lawrence Packard, all feature some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in the state of Florida. The highlight might be Copperhead Course, which hosts the world’s best players each March when the PGA TOUR holds the Valspar Championship. Not convinced of Innisbrook Resort’s superiority? The venue has been named in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” and Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America.” So get your clubs because this resort is the real deal.
St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club
St. Petersburg is home to the world’s oldest largest shuffle board club, which is 90-years-old. The club has multiple spaces for rent, including the 2,700-square-foot Clubhouse that can hold 120 people in two rooms. The Bridge Room is 2,500-square-feet and holds up to 110 people. Along with a wooden deck and green space, there are also shuffleboard courts available for rent as well.
Beach Volleyball Locations
Sports: Beach volleyball
Ready to play some volleyball on one of Florida’s supreme beaches? Take your pick— from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico or the shores of Tampa Bay these facilities offer picturesque backdrops while being easily accessible and close to other amenities. Gulfport looks out over beautiful Boca Ciega and is close to a number of shops and restaurants. Maderia offers the classic Florida recipe of delicious seafood and rejuvenating time in the sun, while North Shore sits beside the palm trees and aforementioned North Shore Aquatic Complex.
St. Petersburg Tennis Center
The St. Petersburg Tennis Center, with 16 clay courts and four hard courts, a tennis fanatic’s dream location. All of the hard courts have lights, and 14 of the clay courts are lighted. This is the perfect venue to host a tennis tournament in Florida.
Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track
Sports: BMX racing
The Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track is located at the Oldsmar Sports Complex, which resides on 110acres acres of land. The track was completely rebuilt in 2015 to UCI standards. The new track has garnered international acclaim and is noted by BMX News as being “undeniably one of the best(tracks) we have in the fleet.” Event planners won’t want to miss a chance to hold a race at one of Florida’s finest BMX havens. It hosts a variety of large-scale races every year.
Getting to St. Petersburg/Clearwater
St. Pete/Clearwater can be easily reached by both car and plane. With a number of major highways to go along with the nearby Tampa International Airport or St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), it shouldn’t be difficult to get to the most popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico.
By Car: The destination is connected to Tampa easterly by causeways and bridges, and to Bradenton in the south by Interstate 275. Other main arteries around St. Pete/Clearwater include Interstates 175 and 375.
By Air: Besides St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, there’s Tampa International Airport, which is 20 miles from St. Pete/Clearwater. Sarasota-Bradenton Airport is around 31 miles away, while Orlando’s Airport is just a 90-minute drive.