No matter what kind of tournament you’re hosting, finding suitable sports venues isn’t the only challenge you will encounter. It can be difficult to find a destination that offers fun activities and attractions off the court, especially on longer trips. Fortunately, planners won’t encounter any issues finding tournament space and action-packed attractions when they travel to Branson. This city abounds with state-of-the-art facilities that are not only fit for all kinds of sports but will exceed all your tournament planning expectations. During your time here, you will collaborate with Branson’s expert sports commissioners in all areas, from registration to the final game day.
When it’s not game time, bask in all the fun at Branson’s world-class attractions. With some of the world’s largest museums, signature golf courses and towering roller coaster rides, this vibrant city in southwest Missouri is the place to be for teams of all ages. Planning is made even easier with affordable accommodations equaling over 18,000 rooms. There are so many things to do and so many places to stay in Branson that you’ll simply have to keep coming back to experience them all! And, after hosting your next tournament here, we believe you’ll want to!
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Missouri National Archery In Schools State Championship (March 21-23, 2019)
- USSSA Girls and Boys World Series (annually in July)
- Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge- National Competition (October 5-7, 2018)
- Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series (August 3-11, 2018)
- Bass Pro Shop’s Legends of Golf (April 22-28, 2019)
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- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Lodging Services
- Grant Programs
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
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- Branson RecPlex
- Branson Convention Center
- Ballparks of America
- Branson’s Tri-Lakes
- Championship Golf Courses
- World-Class Theaters
- Miles of Trails
The Branson RecPlex is always busy hosting prestigious sports tournaments, with its annual event being the USSSA Girls and Boys World Series in July. Covering 35 acres and 44,000 square feet, this massive facility is equipped with an indoor track, gymnasiums and fitness center. Outdoors, you will find four pavilions, soccer fields, a baseball field with its own amenities, playgrounds and walking trails. Swimmers can train and compete at the 12,000-square-foot aquatics center with a zero-depth entry leisure pool, lap lines, water slides and diving well. Athletes will also have access to locker rooms and picnic areas. Celebrate your victories in the party spaces or community rooms. Concessions and restrooms are conveniently located throughout the building.
Branson Convention Center
Situated in the center of the $420 million Branson Landing development in historic downtown Branson, the Branson Convention Center has everything you need to organize any tournament. This grand complex totals 110,000-square-feet of event space with 14 convertible rooms. Among these spacious rooms is an estimated 47,000-square-foot exhibit hall that connects to a 22,000-square-foot ballroom. Upcoming tournaments at the convention center include the Missouri National Archery in Schools State Championship in March 2019.
Sports: Archery, basketball, crossfit, dance, futsal, martial arts, volleyball
Ballparks of America
Known as the chosen site for the 2018 Babe Ruth League/Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series, Ballparks of America is the ideal venue for America’s favorite pastime. Both youth and adult leagues compete at the St. Louis Stadium, which seats 500 spectators around a 235 x 265 x 235-foot field. This lovely turf field is complete with an arched outfield, terra cotta infield and sunken dugouts. Elevated seats and modern Musco lighting make for perfect views of the game. While you’re in town for your own tournament, catch the St. Louis Cardinals playing at the iconic Busch Stadium.
Ride the waves at Branson’s Taneycomo, Bull Shoals and Table Rock lakes. Each lake is no stranger to hosting all kinds of water events daily, such as fishing, jet skiing, tubing, boating, water skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, boating, wakeboarding, sailing and kayaking. Throughout the years, they have also been the chosen venue for several prestigious competitions, such at the FLW and Bassmaster fishing tournaments, the King of Wake pro wakeboarding events and the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon. Lake Taneycomo is a popular spot for trout fishing in its own right, while Table Rock and Bulls Shoals are consistently included in Bassmaster Magazine’s Top 50 Best Bass Lakes.
Sports: Water sports
Championship Golf Courses
Lauded as one of the Best Summer Golf Destinations in the Midwest by Golf Magazine, Branson is filled with premium golf facilities. Tee off at the Ozark’s Mountain Top Golf Course, North America’s fastest growing golf attraction. This beautiful 13-hole course was designed by Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player and renowned conservationist Johnny Morris. A new destination set to open in 2019 is Paynes Valley Golf Course, a first-rate 18-hole course also curated by Morris, who partnered with Big Cedar Lodge and professional golfer Tiger Woods. Observe champions playing at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament at Big Cedar Lodge in April 2019, as well as the Legends of Golf PGA Tournament at the Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Golf Courses.
For various dance and indoor sports competitions, look to Branson’s World Class Theaters. Sight and Sound Theatre is equipped with an amazing 300-foot stage that partially surrounds up to 2,000 audience members. In addition, many of the shows feature live animals and dazzling special effects. Named after one of America’s favorite radio and television stars, Dick Clark’s American Theater Complex on the Famous 76 Strip seats 1,000 guests. Sing along to Broadway musicals at the Welk Resorts Theatre, which holds up to 2,300 people. The Clay Cooper Theatre takes up to 1,200 people back to the 1950s.
Sports: Dance, indoor sports
Miles of Trails
With mountainous terrains and winding trails, Branson’s Miles of Trails are the ideal places for athletes to compete outdoors. Take the scenic route from State Park Marina to Dewey Short Visitor Center by running through Table Rock Lake’s paved trails. Get a view of the Table Rock and Taneycomo lakes, beautiful waterfalls and other natural wonders on the intricate White River Valley Trail.
Sports: Biking, hiking, running
Things to do in Branson
2018 ushered in a wave of new attractions for Branson. Athletes and their families can whiz through the Ozark Mountains in just minutes on the $26 million Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City theme park. For more excitement, try out the Alpine-style Branson Coaster or the daring rides at Bigfoot Park. Branson has a place for thrill seekers as well as nature junkies, who can camp out in the mountains and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. During your time outdoors, go for an unforgettable ride on the Branson Jet Boats. The adventure doesn’t stop there—climb aboard the newly renovated Showboat Branson Belle, a luxurious lake cruise that features fireworks displays, fabulous dining options and holiday-themed shows.
Check out Big Cedar Lodge, with new additions to Fun Mountain including new NASCAR-themed go-carts and four-story ropes course, offering even more fun for the whole family. Relax with a game of golf at the Lodge’s professionally designed Mountain Top Golf Course and soon-to-be-open Payne’s Valley Golf Course. Aside from sports, young visitors can add to their knowledge at several of the city’s museums. Take a tour at the Celebrity Museum, the Dinosaur Museum or the Titanic Branson, the museum with the largest display of Titanic artifacts in the world. Sight & Sound Theatres is famous for “where the Bible comes to life.” Along the way, purchase gifts from hundreds of local vendors and explore Branson’s dynamic local food scene.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. made a historical decision to move our Cal Ripken Division Major/70 World Series to Branson, Missouri.
The support and extra efforts provided by the City of Branson and Mayor Karen Best, as well as the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Director of Sports Marketing and Development, Terra Alphonso, has continually exceeded our expectations.
This successful partnership has resulted in a first-class and extraordinary experience for our players, as well as their parents, coaches, supporters and fans.
Babe Ruth League: Robert Faherty (Vice President)
How to Get to Branson
By Car: Branson can be accessed from Springfield, Missouri, about 40 miles away, or by taking US Route 65 from other major cities.
By Air: Out-of-towners usually fly into Branson Airport (BKG), the city’s closest airport, which opened in 2009. You can also fly into Springfield-Branson National Airport – this transportation hub has flights with American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta, United and U.S. Airways – then drive about 50 miles due south to Branson.
Company Name: Branson Chamber and CVB
Sports Sales Manager: Yvonne Long
Title: Sales Manager