Metropolitan Amenities with a Small-Town Feel

Saint Charles is known for its history and tradition, especially considering it is the oldest city on the Missouri River. Historic Main Street is a 10-block nationally registered historic district with more than 100 shops. All 25 of the district’s restaurants are locally owned, so there are no chain restaurants. Within the district are the First State Capitol Building, Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center, and the Foundry Art Centre. Grand Prix Karting is one of the Midwest’s largest go-kart tracks. Demolition Ball/Adrenaline Zone offers an action-packed game played in bumper cars on one side and one of the largest multi-level laser tag arenas in the state on the other.

Lindenwood University hosts touring plays and concerts as well as its own student productions. For a look back at pioneer days, visit the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center in Defiance, Mo. In St. Louis, a 30-minute drive away, guests can enjoy a ballpark tour or game at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium, take a tram car up the famous Gateway Arch or visit Missouri Botanical Gardens. Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in the country, abounds with attractions including the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum and St. Louis Zoo.

2nd Largest City in the County Boasts the No. 1 Most Convenient Location

Located just 15 minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport along I-70, Saint Charles’ central location makes it easy to reach from nearly everywhere in the country. Saint Charles is just a few hour’s drive from major cities including Kansas City, Louisville, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville and Chicago.

The Saint Charles area boasts 18 hotels, one of which is an Embassy Suites that’s conveniently attached to the convention center. With approximately 2,000 rooms in the city of Saint Charles and 4,000 total in the county, teams and their families won’t have a problem finding somewhere to stay. Whether you want a bed and breakfast, four-star hotel or something in between, there’s plenty of lodging options to choose from. Once here, teams and their guests will find Saint Charles easy to get around, as most major venues and accommodations are relatively close to each other.


Services offered by the Greater Saint Charles CVB: 

  • Site visits to sports facilities
  • Housing assistance
  • DVDs and/or images for event publicity
  • Press releases to area media contacts
  • Volunteers on site to talk about local attractions
  • Volunteers available to assist with event registration
  • Greeting by a CVB representative or city official
  • Welcome bags (with discount shopper guide that lists local businesses offering group discounts)

Planner Perspective

We were immediately intrigued after getting a chance to see the tremendous venue they have at the Saint Charles Soccer Complex. Once we started discussing NDP’s vision for the tournament’s future with the city’s group travel & sports sales manager, Greg Maxon, we had no doubts that Saint Charles would give us the best chance to realize that vision.

Peter Nygaard, Operations Coordinator, NDP Championships

According to Nygaard, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Midwest Cup, a youth and high school boys lacrosse tournament, has taken place in Saint Charles for the past two years. The Saint Charles Soccer Complex was able to easily accommodate the 30-40 teams the NDP is used to having per tournament, along with the typical crowd of more than 2,500 spectators. 

The St. Charles CVB has been invaluable when it comes to facilitating agreements with local hotels and businesses to help provide the best value possible for teams coming in from out of state,” Nygaard said. “I would say that the best part about having the tournament in Saint Charles is being able to walk around during the event and hear parents raving about the tournament and have coaches come up to me at the end of the weekend, already asking about next year’s dates. In the end, that’s how we know we’ve found the right place.

Whether You’re Hosting an Event on Grass, Wood, Ice or Water, Saint Charles Has What You Want

 Family Arena hosts everything from hockey and basketball games to concerts.

Family Arena hosts everything from hockey and basketball games to concerts.

Family Arena

This 10,000-seat arena is used for football, hockey, soccer and basketball, including college and high school tournaments. It hosts the St. Louis Ambush of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the American Indoor Football’s River City Raiders.

Ozzie Smith Sports Complex

Located in O’Fallon, MO, this 76-acre sports facility, named for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, features seven lighted softball/baseball diamonds and houses Carshield Field, home of the Frontier League minor league baseball team, the River City Rascals.

The Rec-Plex can host swim and dive meets as well as hockey, basketball and many other sporting events.

The Rec-Plex can host swim and dive meets as well as hockey, basketball and many other sporting events.

St. Peters Rec-Plex

The 236,000-square-foot athletic complex features a world-class natatorium, which includes a diving pool with a 10-meter tower and one- and three-meter springboards along with a 50-meter competition pool. The Rec-Plex also has three NHL-size ice rinks, with seating for 600 spectators at the original rink, 1,200 seats at the second and 300 portable seats at the third. The gymnasiums are equipped to host basketball and volleyball competitions, as well as other sports events like wrestling or martial arts.

Saint Charles Convention Center

The Saint Charles Convention Center hosts more than 400 events each year

The Saint Charles Convention Center hosts more than 400 events each year

Located a few minutes from the Missouri River, the 154,000-square-foot facility can accommodate events like gymnastics, cheerleading, volleyball and basketball.

National Equestrian Center

The 24-acre center features two indoor arenas for equestrian tournaments and dog shows. The outdoor arena is conducive to motorcycle speedway races. All the arenas have bleacher seating and there are more than 650 stalls.

Lindenwood University Ice Arena

This multipurpose facility on Lindenwood University’s Southern Air campus in Wentzville has two professional, regulation-size surfaces.

National Horseshoe Pitching Association Hall of Fame

Opened in 2007, the Wentzville facility at Quail Ridge Park has 16 indoor and 16 outdoor courts for year-round tournaments that attract players of all skill levels.

Saint Charles Soccer Complex Park

This 60-acre facility hosts seven major tournaments each year, as well as two annual league tournaments and recreational league games year round. The park is home to 16 soccer fields, two concession stands and a playground area.