When you travel to the Bradenton Area, you will find several sports venues conveniently located among dozens of attractions and entertainment venues. Home to several national tournaments, the Bradenton Area’s sports commission are pros at helping you organize your events. Stay outside in the sunshine at one of the area’s well-groomed outdoor facilities or take the competition indoors with shiny court surfaces and ice-cold rinks. Bradenton has every option you could dream of, accompanied by amenities and affordable lodging surrounding the facilities. The Bradenton Area also offers family-friendly nature trails, malls and museums. With so many opportunities in mind, you’ll definitely want to bring your sports tournament to the Bradenton Area.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- CONCACAF U15 Girls National Championship at IMG Academy (August 4-13th)
- US Soccer Winter Showcase/Nike Friendlies at Premier Sports Campus (November 29th-December 9th)
- USL Super Y National Championship at IMG Academy (December 7-11th)
- NJCAA Women’s Volleyball State Championship at Bradenton Area Convention Center ( November 2-5th)
- Luis Figo Soccer Championship at Premier Sports Campus (October 26-28th)
CVB/Sports Commission Services Offered
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Site Visits
- Grant Programs
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
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- IMG Academy
- Premier Sports Campus
- Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex
- Pirate City
- LECOM Field
- Bradenton Area Convention Center
- Bradenton Area Sports Complexes
IMG Academy is often praised as one of Bradenton’s most prestigious sports facilities. This mega-complex features every kind of tournament space, including over 50 tennis courts, over 20 multi-sport fields and an 18-hole golf course. The academy also holds four convertible basketball courts, weight rooms totaling more than 10,000 square feet of space and a 5,000-seat stadium. Many professionals utilize the facility’s spaces and host their annual events there.
Sports: Baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field
Premier Sports Campus
The Premier Sports Campus, situated in east Bradenton, hosts several soccer tournaments throughout the year, such as the US Soccer Winter Showcase/Nike Friendlies and the Luis Figo Soccer Championship. The campus holds 23 contiguous FIFA-approved Bermuda grass fields, eight of which are lighted. A new 4,000-seat stadium completes the facility’s larger provisions. Besides state-of-the-art lighting and convertible features, the fields are equipped with 65,000 square-feet of underground irrigation systems.
Sports: Frisbee, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer
Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex
The Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex was the training venue for the 2010 winter Olympic pair teams. The complex offers two NHL-sized ice rinks and a skating floor that teams can compete on or rent out for parties. Teams may use the inline skate rink and fitness center while tournament officials hold meetings in the conference rooms.
Sports: Hockey, ice skating, roller skating
Pirate City recently underwent a major renovation to provide new tournament space and amenities for sports planners everywhere. This massive venue sports four full-sized baseball fields; each named after Hall of Fame or Pirates luminaries and equipped with bleacher and grandstand seats. Besides the game, athletes and planners can enjoy many new amenities such as ping pong tables, pool tables, computers and televisions. Come play, train and stay like a professional athlete.
LECOM City in downtown Bradenton is where you’ll find the Pittsburgh Pirates in game mode. Take your own game to the next level by planning a tournament at the facility’s star-studded baseball field, complete with a giant “P” by home plate. To add to the excitement, the park recently received field lights, offices and a clubhouse as part of its extensive $20-million upgrade. Teams can stay comfortably in spacious dorms with the availability of private event rooms and catering.
Bradenton Area Convention Center
The Bradenton Area Convention Center makes it easy for planners looking to organize a tournament and special event for their teams. This full-service facility, located on the Manatee River, provides seating for up to 4,000 people. Volleyball and wrestling matches take place in the 32,400-square-foot Gulf Islands Center Hall, equipped with floor concrete boasting a professional epoxy surface. Among numerous competitions, the center is booked for the NJCAA Women’s Volleyball State Championship in November. The space easily transforms into a luxurious banquet hall with event set-up and food services. Lighting and audio-visual equipment can be arranged, just consult with the center’s experienced staff for assistance.
Sports: Volleyball, wrestling
Bradenton Area Sports Complexes
Bradenton Area Sports Complexes boast sports accommodations and facilities for every planner. Included in this long list are a brand new 6,700-yard Manatee Golf Course as well as premium baseball, softball, basketball and tennis courts and soccer fields. Bradenton’s natural landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor sports as teams can compete on more the 35 recreational parks with fishing, dog parks, walking trails, rowing and skate parks. All this plus Bradenton’s first-rate sports commissioners make the town the ideal place for your tournament.
Things to do in the Bradenton Area
The Robinson Nature Preserve offers visitors numerous ways to explore the coastal habitats, while the Riverwalk surrounds the Manatee River and features the Mosaic Amphitheater, Tidal Discovery Zone and a skate park. Take the adventure back inside to captivating museums and art galleries. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is a lens into Bradenton’s past; the Manatee Village Historical Park preserves historic landmarks from the mid-1800s to early-1900s, such as a general store, the Baldwin steam engine, a courthouse, settler’s home and schoolhouse. Even earlier than that, the DeSoto National Memorial explores history from the 1530s onward. Go beyond the land and into the sea at the Parker Manatee Aquarium, which dedicates its services to aiding injured manatees. The Bishop Planetarium takes teams soaring into space through interactive exhibitions and shows. Thrill-seekers can climb, zip and swing their way through hundreds of exhilarating aerial adventure games at TreeUmp. Get all your shopping done at Ellenton Premium Outlets, the largest outlet mall on Florida’s West Coast.
“We want to thank Sean and Sam of the Bradenton Area Sports Commission for their continued support and assisting at our tournaments. We have built a great working relationship and look forward to future opportunities.”
Cristian Cubillas, CONCACAF
“From the moment we met Sean Walter from Bradenton Area Sports Commission, we knew there was something special about the area. He was fantastic to work with from the very beginning up until the end of the event. Always available for any questions we had during the entire process for our event at IMG Academy.”
Daniela Gallardo, CONCACAF
“Working with Sean and the Bradenton Area Sports Commission was a great pleasure for our staff. The communication was transparent and frequent, and Sean even was able to show up during the event to help us with any needs.”
Max Prep Baseball: Mark Donavanick
How to Get to Bradenton
Visitors can easily get to the Bradenton Area by driving along I-75, known as one of the longest interstates in the nation. Just within a day’s drive, you can venture to nearby cities like Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, Charleston, Atlanta and Jacksonville. Get to Bradenton by driving 45 minutes on I-75 from the Tampa International Airport, or for more convenience locally, fly into the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.
Company Name: Bradenton Area Sports Commission
Sports Sales Manager: Sean Walter
Title: Director of Sports