Searching for the proper spot to locate a sporting event is no small task. You need the right athletic facilities, a collection of hotels to house teams, friends and family. It certainly helps to have a destination rich in sporting tradition where residents understand the passion your teams have for their sport and the need to support their efforts. Finally, it’s a real plus to have a destination with attractions and activities to help your travelers fill their spare time with educational and fun activities.
Chester County is rich in facilities and offers the benefits of the great outdoors. The Brandywine Valley offers wide open spaces in a dynamic park system, plus the infrastructure that includes airports, highways and great sports facilities. With three universities within Chester County, plus four private and public high schools, each with teams, plus powerful youth, club and adult programs. Much of Chester County life speaks to sports participation. Grab this chance to locate your event in southeastern Pennsylvania. Benefit from multiple facility opportunities, then utilize the scenic landscapes and the historic nature of the Brandywine Valley to create excitement for not only your event, but the extracurricular part of the event.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- NXT Lacrosse: NXT Cup (July 7-8, 2018)
- FC Delco Players Cup (May 25-28,2018)
- Devon Horse Show (May 24– June 3, 2018)
- USA Hockey Tier1 U16 & U18 National Championship (April 5-10, 2018)
- 2018 USGAA Finals (August 31– September 2, 2018)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Lodging Services
- Grant Programs
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
- “Know Before You Go” Email to help participants and families plan their stay
- Social Media Promotion for Event
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- United Sports
- Iceline Ice Rink
- West Chester University
- Westtown School
- West Chester Area Schools
- Devon Horse Show
- Brandywine Polo Grounds
The world-class United Sports, the region’s largest sports facility, with both indoor and outdoor surfaces, emerged from an old airport using $15 million in private funds, to become a top contender for your event. These 60 acres of outdoor fields and 127,000 square feet of indoor space are located in Downingtown, a southwest Philadelphia suburb in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. This facility has 11 premier fields adjacent the indoor complex, with synthetic field turf and full field lighting for night play on fields 1-4. A vending village and concession trailer are adjacent to field 2. Ten thousand square feet of parking is also available.
Sports: Badminton, basketball, field hockey, flag football, gymnastics, lacrosse, pickleball, soccer, softball, volleyball, multi-purpose
Iceline Ice Rink
The rush to goal starts on one of four NHL-regulation ice surfaces at Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, each with seating capacity of 500. Take pride presenting your event at this state-of-the-art facility, be it ice skating, figure skating or hockey. Three university teams and junior hockey teams call Iceline home with dozens of tournaments year-round in hockey, figure skating and ice skating. Ice Line offers a full-service pro shop, food and beverage options and the High Performance Athletic Training Center.
Sports: Ice hockey, figure skating, ice skating
West Chester University
West Chester University has an abundance of fabulous facilities that suit any sports fan. John A. Farrell Stadium contains 7,500 seats for football and track and field and Serpico Stadium features 1,000 bleacher seats for baseball fans, a natural grass surface, a scoreboard, two dugouts, two bullpens and batting cages. Hollinger Field House, located on the main campus, seats 2,500 for basketball and can also host volleyball and diving events. John A. Rockwell Field is a soccer facility with artificial field turf and two adjacent natural grass practice fields. West Chester University Softball Field has a dirt and clay infield mix and a natural grass outfield. It features home plate and bleacher seating for 150 and additional seating on a hill behind the first base dugout. The WCU Rugby Pitch located on the south end of the campus is a natural grass field featuring 200 bleacher seats. The WCU Tennis Courts on the south part of the campus features 12 asphalt courts. The Penn Oaks Golf Club is a private golf club and 18-hole championship course that is home to the WCU Golf teams. It contains a tree-lined course with narrow fairways and quick, undulating greens. A five-star facility with a driving range and short game area with a chipping green, Penn Oaks also has a “course condition” putting green and a fairway for full wedge shots. The Sturzebecker Health Science Center has five full-size multi-purpose gymnasiums, one fully equipped gymnastics gym, team locker rooms, strength and cardio training facility and seating for 200. Vonnie Gros Field seats 2,000 and features a FieldTurf hockey gold surface for both field hockey and lacrosse.
Sports: Football, track and field, basketball, diving, volleyball, golf, baseball, soccer, rugby, field hockey, lacrosse
There’s a multitude of multi-purpose facilities at Westtown School, starting with the Athletic Center for basketball courts, which are also used for volleyball or indoor tennis. There’s room for indoor track, a dedicated wrestling room, 25-meter pool, fitness center, dance studio, training room, locker facilities and meeting spaces. The 600-acre campus has nine well-manicured fields for soccer, field hockey and softball. The school also contains the Oaklane Softball Field and Raiford Field (lacrosse), along with the unique Ropes Course that features 22 different elements, including the “Flying Squirrel” and the “Multi-Vine.” The beautiful stadium courts have 14 all-weather tennis courts (17 on-campus in all) and a large gallery section. Canoeing and outdoor social gatherings are available at the 16-acre Westtown Lake.
Sports: Basketball, softball, tennis (indoor & outdoor), swimming, track (indoor), volleyball, wrestling, canoeing
West Chester Area Schools
Three West Chester high schools, East High School, Henderson High School and Rustin High School have football stadiums as well as baseball/softball diamonds. Rustin also features a six-lane track at its stadium and grass fields for field hockey. Henderson offers a field house, while Rustin and East High have gymnasiums. Henderson boasts three additional rectangular grass field and a multi-purpose turf field, as well as tennis courts while East High contains four grass fields.
Sports: Baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, multi-purpose, softball, tennis, track & field
Devon Horse Show
A serious tradition dating back to 1896, this week-long show is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States, achieving the highest rating afforded by the governing organization, U.S. Equestrian, all the while maintaining the local traditions and lifestyles of the Philadelphia Main Line.
Brandywine Polo Grounds
Home to one of he oldest Polo Clubs in America; The Brandywine Polo Grounds can also be the setting for athletic events. Featuring 300 acres, two irrigated polo fields, a practice field and stabling for 100 horses; this facility is a unique option for sports organizers and their events.
Sports: Ultimate frisbee, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, polo
Things to do in Chester County
A sporting event makes memories for its participants beyond the competition. As the planner, you’re not only looking for facilities that are right for the teams, but also building a schedule of activities that ensures proper entertainments and the personal growth of new learning.
Traveling teams benefit enormously from their sport–the teamwork, camaraderie, shared goals, hopes and dreams. In their downtime from your event’s competition, the young athletes can sharpen their sense of wonder at the world around them. Longwood Gardens sharpens your sense of the beauty of the outdoors, with gardens, landscapes, flowers, arbors and flowering plants. Special events plus artistic performances lend an extra panache. While thinking of nature, sample Marsh Creek State Park, with outdoor activities, year ‘round. Take your pick from hiking, ice-skating, canoeing, fishing on Marsh Creek Lake.
Over 40 civilian and military helicopters are on display at The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, along with highlights, history, science and technology of those rotary-winged aviation craft. For those who want to shop, visit Downtown West Chester, an eclectic mix of college town, county seat and historic destination. A shopping mecca where sidewalk sales are numerous, as are tongue-in-cheek events like “Touch a Truck Day.” Downtown Kennett Square, just minutes from the world-famous Longwood Gardens, offers a chance to discover Main Street America, full of distinctive and independent shops, restaurants and galleries. Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World, producing 70% of the worlds mushrooms. It’s an opportunity not to be missed in the history-rich Brandywine Valley.
NXT Sports runs events across the country, and the Chester County CVB are by far our strongest local event partner. The support of the Chester County CVB has played a major role in our decision to expand NXT’s local portfolio of events.
NXT Sports: Joel Zuercher (President & General Counsel)
We work with local tourism agencies for all our Farm to Fork Fondo events, and Chester County CVB has been hands down our strongest and most helpful such partner. From facilitating local relationships, finding local sponsors, and advising on local municipalities to feeding and housing our staff, filling in last-minute gaps, and pitching in at the event, Travis G and the Chester County CVB went above and beyond our expectations as a local partner. This extra effort and attention to detail has a huge impact on our location decisions, and we look forward to coming back to Chester County and working with the CVB for years to come.
Farm to Fork Fondo: Tyler Wren (Founder & Principal of Wrenegade Sports)
How to Get to Chester County
By Car: West Chester is a two-hour drive for the major population centers in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and southeastern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Rochester and Richmond are between four to six hours away. Interstates I-95 and I-76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike) serve traffic into Chester County.
By Air: Visitors flying into Philadelphia International Airport can reach hotels in Chester County by rental car, cab or car service, a ride of roughly 45 minutes depending on your destination.
Company Name: Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau
Sports Sales Manager: Travis Geiser
Title: Sports & Events Sales Manager