Just an hour up the Florida Atlantic Coast from Miami, you’ll find picturesque Palm Beach County. Thanks to exceptional service and top-notch facilities, they’ve hosted over three million athletes and their families.
Palm Beach County offers 47 miles of beaches, over 160 golf courses, a 30,000-seat stadium with world-class amenities, Major League Baseball spring training complex with a 7,000-seat stadium, 1,200 tennis courts and an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, and over 45 parks with vast multi-purpose playing fields, plus 346 acres of polo and equestrian facilities.
What makes Palm Beach County one of the most intriguing places to play is the location. Just a few hours from major Florida cities, the area offers great weather year round. The average annual temperature is 78 degrees, making Palm Beach a premier location for winter tournaments for outdoor sports.
There are also many choices of things to do between games. From relaxing on the beach to exploring the Everglades, Palm Beach offers choices for all ages and styles. And with over 16,000 hotel rooms, the area can host any size tournament comfortably.
Palm Beach Facilities
The 47 miles of coastline in Palm Beach County offers tournament-ready sand volleyball courts and beach tennis courts. The beach has also hosted USA National Wrestling tournaments, the Jupiter Fall Surfing Classic and the Offshore Powerboat Association World Championships.
Roger Dean Stadium
The spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, this complex is the only baseball facility outside of Arizona that consists of one primary baseball diamond and 12 supplementary practice fields, with professional dimensions. The stadium features luxury sky-box seating, permanent seating, parking and concessions, making the complex a one-stop baseball or softball tournament destination.
International Polo Club
This world-class facility is the must-see polo facility in the USA. The club hosts all of the top polo players in the world during the January-April season on its pristine surfaces, in events culminating in the US Open each April. With eight polo fields operational, the club offers 60 acres of world-class field space that can host up top 50 soccer or field hockey-sized fields in one location outside of polo season. The club recently hosted the National Field Hockey Festival for the second consecutive year.
Delray Beach Tennis Center
This grand tennis facility consists of 14 clay courts, 7 hard courts and an 8,000-seat stadium. It hosts the ATP Tour International Tennis Championships each February.
Florida Atlantic University Stadium
FAU stadium is a 30,000-seat, multi-purpose stadium equipped with a press level and two suite levels consisting of 24 suites. The stadium is furnished with four complete locker rooms for teams. The facility was the recent host of the Olympic Gold Medal-winning women’s soccer team as well as the 2012 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game.
Palm Beach County Convention Center
This 350,000-square-foot center boasts a huge Exhibition Hall, perfect for floor sports like cheer, gymnastics, wrestling and fencing. The upper level offers a ballroom, great for an after-tournament banquet. The state-of-the-art center is located right in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach and has plenty of parking adjacent to the complex.
Boasting the premier site in the United States for water skiing on purpose-built lakes, Okeeheelee Park has hosted the sport’s world championships and regularly hosts the USA Water Ski National Championships. The park also consists of a nationally-classified BMX track, which has hosted an Olympic-qualifying series, and numerous baseball, softball, soccer, golf and tennis facilities.
Accommodations and Attractions
Between games, there is plenty to keep your group busy. Of course, you can always take them to the beach for a day in the sun. There are also many golf courses and great museums. Lion Country Safari African Adventure offers a real live safari experience without needing a passport. You can also encounter exotic animals at the Palm Beach Zoo or South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. For another wildlife adventure, consider a trip to the Everglades. With over 16,000 hotel rooms in the county, there is no shortage of accommodation space for any size tournament.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Located 70 miles north of Miami and 152 miles south of Orlando on the Atlantic coastline, Palm Beach County affords visitors the transportation convenience of an international airport, an Amtrak station, Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike for travel efficiency.
Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s website has been recognized as one of the best in the industry, and in 2009 the National Association of Sports Commissions named it No. 1. On the website you can find their Facebook page and locate accommodations and facilities. Sports planners can book everything they need right on the home page of the website.
Palm Beach County has proven itself to be a premier destination for a variety of tournaments. Add your next tournament to their list of successful events.