What every sports planner will tell you is finding the right facility is only one part of a complicated puzzle. But when you come to Cape Girardeau for your next tournament, you will find everything you could possibly need at any one of its modern venues, plus the helpful tournament staff will make you feel right at home. These welcoming qualities are characteristic of Cape Girardeau, one of Missouri’s quaint border cities. Affectionately known as the Cape, this busy town draws thousands of people, many of whom are sports fans looking to cheer on their favorite teams. Everyone, from tournament planners to families, will feel relieved by the sense of camaraderie they’ll encounter as they navigate their new town. Not to mention, they will come across some unique finds given the Cape’s rich history and numerous attractions.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- USSSA Spring Tournament
- I-55 Summer Slam Basketball Tournament
- The Under Armour Select Summer Super 16
- Cal Ripken 8U Machine Pitch Regional Tournament & Cal Ripken 7U State Tournament
- USA Men’s Class D Slow Pitch Northern National
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- Lodging Services
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- Itinerary Development
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- Cape SportsPlex
- Shawnee Park Sports Complex
- Arena Park/A.C. Brase Arena
- Show Me Center
- Osage Centre
- Houck Stadium
- Capaha Field
- Dalhousie Golf Club
With 121,000 square feet to play with, the state of the art Cape Girardeau SportsPlex is a tournament planner’s dream with its uniquely utilitarian concept. Two FIFA-approved indoor turf courses with 32,000 square feet of availability can be used for soccer, football, baseball and softball tournaments, complete with spectator seating, drop down curtains and several scoreboards. Six high school regulation sized Hard Tru wooden basketball courts over 57,600 square feet can transform into 12 volleyball courts as needed. The increased utility available at the SportsPlex has led to a number of high profile basketball tournaments choosing it as a host, like the Reebok Series Summer Sizzler Super Regional and the I-55 Summer Slam tournament in June of 2019, as well as the Under Armour Select Summer Super 16 tournament in July.
Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball
Shawnee Park Sports Complex
The Shawnee Park Sports Complex serves as one of the largest youth and adult outdoor sports venues in the region. 14 regulation sized soccer fields, eight fields for baseball and softball and two regulation football fields make this a key destination for tournaments. Two regulation sized baseball fields with 375 foot center field fences and six regulation sized softball fields with 300 foot fences made this an easy choice as a host site for the Cal Ripken 8U Machine Pitch Regional Tournament and the USA Men’s Class D Slow Pitch Northern National. The city will also host games at Arena Park and Capaha Ballfield for the men’s softball tournament, which will run from August 31-September 1 in 2019.
Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer
Arena Park/A.C. Brase Arena
Located at Kiwanis Drive and Kingshighway, the 90-acre Arena Park is a beacon of the Cape Girardeau community. It’s also an excellent place to catch a ballgame, offering 16 fields for softball and baseball. Along with Shawnee Park, fields hosted a USSSA Play it Forward Sportz spring softball tournament for ages 8U-14U in late April of 2019. Four tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts and an outdoor FitZone round out Arena Park, which also houses the A.C. Brase Arena. The multi-purpose indoor arena offers more than 10,000 square feet of floor space and can host basketball and indoor volleyball games.
Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Show Me Center
The home of Southeast Missouri State University, the Show Me Center is located in the heart of campus. After undergoing a major renovation in 2015, the 7,300 seat arena introduced a new center-hung video display on the scoreboard, a high-tech audio system and LED panel lit scoreboards and shot clocks and expanded seating in the lower bowl. In addition to basketball, the arena has a storied tradition of hosting professional wrestling events.
Sports: Basketball, Wrestling
Osage Community Center
Sports: Basketball, Pickleball, Running, Volleyball
In addition to its state-of-the-art indoor facilities, Southeast Missouri State University hosts football and soccer tournaments at the 11,015-seat Houck Stadium. Built in 1930 for only $150,000 at the time, this stadium underwent major changes between the 1960s-1970s to feature more seating and a press box. In 2011, the university installed a new football turf, a Daktronics video score board and brighter lighting. The nearby Houck Fieldhouse serves as the venue for the university’s volleyball matches.
Sports: Football, soccer
Capaha Field has become a staple of collegiate and summer baseball throughout the Midwest. After a recent $1.8 million renovation that introduced artificial turf surfaces and fencing, the field welcomes in a Prospect League team for the summer of 2019. Capaha is also the host of the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks college baseball team.
Sports: Baseball, Softball
Dalhousie Golf Club
Along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River lies a scenic golf course, whose undulating terrain stretches across 7,389 yards filled with old growth forests, gnarly-edged bunkers and fantastic water holes. The history of the award-winning Dalhousie Golf Club dates back to 18th century Scotland and tells a tale of the early frontier America as the country kept expanding westward. The 1,000-acre complex constructed by renowned designer Gary Nicklaus honors its Scottish legacy with a clubhouse manor fashioned after Dalhousie Castle, as well as four cottages available for overnight stays.
Things to do in Cape Girardeau
What started as a temporary trading outpost in the French colony of La Louisiane, Cape Girardeau has grown through the years into a thriving city along the banks of the Mississippi River. Visitors will note an air of tranquility based on its scenic backdrop intermixed with a constant buzz and excitement. Lodging options include stays at the Drury Plaza, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard by Marriott and Candlewood Suites and several other hotels.
The Cape offers plenty to see and do for tournament planners as well as athletes, from distinct shopping experiences to excursion activities that highlight the natural amenities nearby. If you’re looking to beat the heat in the summer, head over to the Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center, where thrill-seekers can sate their appetites with a 265 foot slide, while those looking to relax can meander down a lazy river. For those interested in axe throwing, bowling, table and arcade games, look no further than Dogwood Social House, where the latest game is always on tap.
If you’re looking for a safe, family-friendly playground to take the kids, look no further than Melaina’s Magical Playground, which was designed to be disability friendly with foam tile and fun equipment for people of all ages. After that, head indoors to the Discovery Playhouse, a renowned children’s museum with 7,500 square feet of exhibit space to play around in. Kids will discover a grocery store, become a dentist, splash around in a secret garden, learn valuable skills on a farm or garner financial acumen at the bank.
At the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center the rich cultural history and wildlife of southeast Missouri is on display for free. Native American artifacts including primitive tools used for harvesting are available to view, while interactive exhibits will teach attendees about the forest, marsh, swamp and big river habitats available throughout the region.
“I’ve traveled dozens of sports complexes around the country and the Cape SportsPlex is one of the nicest — if not the nicest — I’ve ever been to. It’s professional, clean, state of the art and ideal for hosting top notch events. It is up there with the best facilities I’ve ever been to, including the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World.”
— Riley Swinford, Program Director of SI Select, Select Super 16 Tournament Co-Director and Men’s Basketball Coach at Southeastern Illinois College
“I have been involved with Softball in Cape Girardeau for over 45 years. I started back in the 70’s as a player. I played very competitive Slow Pitch for over 25 years. I traveled and played at a lot of different complexes. have been involved with Shawnee Sports Complex also as an Umpire, Director, and UIC for many tournaments. What sets Shawnee Sports Complex out in front of other complexes is their willingness to work with different organizations to make their tournaments be successful. The whole staff gets involved, whether it is helping run tournaments, taking care of umpires, or helping to get the fields ready after rain delays. Thanks to you and your great staff for making Shawnee Sports Complex a great place to play, umpire, and host tournaments.”
– Bob Garner, USA Softball Missouri.
“The Shawnee Sports Complex is one of the premiere venues in Southeast Missouri to host your tournament! The complex is well maintained, easy to get to and surrounded by plenty of hotels and restaurants. The park staff and maintenance personnel go out of the way to accommodate the needs of your tournament. They are professional, hard working and passionate about the facility. I have been running tournaments there for the last five years and have never been disappointed in the customer service I have received! Great facility, great people!”
– Under Armour Summer Select Tournaments: Sam Swinford (AthElite Sports Management)
How to Get to Cape Girardeau
By Car: A number of highways lead to Cape Girardeau, with the easiest routes being along I-55 and Exit 91 (MO AB). Many visitors traveling by car also take I-57 S.
By Air: The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, just under 15 minutes away from the city itself, remains the most convenient way to get to town if you’re flying from the Midwest. United services flights from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Those searching for more options will want to fly in from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, a little over 100 miles away from the Cape.
Company Name: Visit Cape
Sports Sales Manager: Alyssa Phares
Title: Senior Director of Sales and Strategy