Champaign County Sports are in a League of Their Own

Tucked away in the heart of Illinois, Champaign County has been quickly making strides as a sports capital of the Midwest.

Located within easy driving distance of major Midwestern hubs like Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, Champaign County is ready and willing to accommodate almost any type of sporting event. This charming county is nestled deep in the heart of Illinois and includes the friendly cities of Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul and Mahomet, along a few other towns and the University of Illinois. In addition to beautiful forests and nationally renowned universities, Champaign County is also teeming with top-tier sporting venues. Whether your focus is on baseball, soccer, basketball or football, Champaign County can’t wait to give your team the competition experience of a lifetime.

Win or lose, what else is there to do?

Outdoor Center Fields

Traveling for sporting events is meant to create memories for your teams that go way beyond the competition. In Champaign County, it’s easy to find activities and experiences that can provide your players with that little something extra. Whether it’s bowling at Old Orchard Lanes, appreciating the creativity at Krannert Art Museum or tackling the beautiful natural world that permeates the entire region, your team is sure to enjoy themselves. Once they’ve worked up an appetite and are hankering for some hearty Midwestern food, the dining options are almost endless. Grab breakfast at The Original Pancake House, award-winning barbecue at Black Dog Smoke & Ale House or a slightly more upscale dinner at Destihl.

Let us connect you with Champaign County

Ryan Reid

Assistant Director of Sales

Phone: 217-351-4133

 


X Factors

  • Site visits
  • Marketing & PR assistance
  • Customized webpages for tournament information
  • Local media coverage
  • Welcome signage
  • Service bags with visitors guide, maps and area discounts

Planner Perspective

The State Farm Center, with a $170 million renovation completed in fall 2016, is home to Fighting Illini Basketball. Their attention to detail in preparation for and management of my events continues to be outstanding. The updates have enhanced the great atmosphere our event has enjoyed for years. We look forward to our annual return to State Farm Center as we know we will be supported at all levels including Visit Champaign County and the great staff at State Farm Center.

Craig Anderson, IHSA Executive Director, IHSA State Wrestling Championships

 

Teams are looking for the best complexes to play and for 13 years Dodds Park has been one of the best multi-field complexes in the Midwest. Excellent, flat, well-manicured fields that drain well and amazing field crews that work tirelessly to get fields ready after wet weather make Dodds Park an annual stop for hundreds of travel baseball teams each year.

Don Flynn, VP Business Development, Game Day USA Sports

A Stellar Lineup of Facilities

ARC GymRecreation Center (ARC) at the University of Illinois

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, swimming, cheerleading, racquetball

The ARC, with an impressive 340,000 square feet, is one of the country’s largest on-campus recreation centers. The facility features four gyms (13 basketball/17 volleyball courts), 12 racquetball courts, two pools, nine multi-use spaces and a 150-seat auditorium.

Dodds Park

Dodds ParkSports: Baseball, softball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee

Sitting on over 110 acres, Dodds Park features seven exceptional baseball/softball lighted fields, a playground, and permanent concessions and restrooms. Across the park, there are 12 soccer fields with permanent concessions and restrooms and a new 18-hole disc golf course.

Atkins Tennis Center/Khan Outdoor Complex

Atkins Tennis CenterSports: Tennis

Home to the 2013 NCAA Tennis Championships, Atkins Tennis Center/Khan Outdoor Complex features eight championship courts with built-in bleachers and lights, an indoor facility with six courts, pro shop, locker rooms and lounge areas. In addition to the championship courts, there are 12 lighted and newly refinished courts on-site, with access to 11 additional courts blocks away.

State Farm Center

State Farm CenterSports: Basketball, gymnastics, wrestling

The State Farm Center, with a $170 million renovation completed in fall 2016, is home to Fighting Illini Basketball. The arena will sit 16,000 in seats, bleachers and premium club seating. The dome shaped building opened in 1963 and was only one of two edge-supported domes in the world. The iconic space hosts multitudes of events, from basketball to gymnastics to wrestling and much more.

Memorial Stadium

MemorialStadiumSports: Football

Home to Fighting Illini Football, Memorial Stadium seats over 60,000 fans complete with outdoor club space, two floors of suites, a new press box and media seating, and two indoor club spaces. A new FieldTurf Revolution surface was installed in 2012 along with a new high-definition video display measuring 36’ x 96’.

Leonhard Center

Leonhard CenterSports: Basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball

Champaign’s newest facility features two full-size basketball courts that can be split into four small basketball, volleyball, badminton or pickleball courts. Several meeting rooms make tournament headquarters.

Stone Creek Golf Course

Stone Creek Golf CourseSports: Golf

Stone Creek Golf Course is home to the University of Illinois Golf teams and features 18 championship holes. Stone Creek Golf Course has hosted local, regional and national tournaments, including the Steve Stricker Classic, Big Ten Championships, USGA Amateur Championship Qualifying Tournament and multiple American Junior Golf Association tournaments.

How do I get the team there?

By Car: If your teams decide to make a road trip to Champaign County, I-57, I-72 and I-74 run through the region. Midwestern cities that are six or fewer hours away from Champaign County include Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit and Cleveland.

By Air: For teams who’d rather fly, Champaign-Urbana Airport (CMI) is located right near the University of Illinois and is serviced by American Airlines. Another option is for teams to fly into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport and then drive two-and-a-half hours to Champaign County.

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Champaign County Sports are in a League of Their Own
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Champaign County Sports are in a League of Their Own
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Tucked away in the heart of Illinois, Champaign County has been quickly making strides as a sports capital of the Midwest.
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Sports Planning Guide

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