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The following article appeared in the Virginia State Sports Guide. Download the full guide below.

Virginia Beach, in the Coastal Virginia Region, offers multiple ways to play and relax. Right away, planners will be exposed to modern sports facilities that house all the equipment and staff they need to be successful. Athletes and families will love being within walking distance of competition venues, hotels, shopping malls and, of course, clear blue waters. In addition to being convenient and affordable, Virginia Beach is easily accessible through several highways and two airports. This irresistible combination of factors, not to mention the rich history that lives on, makes one of Virginia’s gems the ideal destination for hosting any kind of sports tournament.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • East Coast Surfing Championship
  • Rock n Roll Half Marathon (Labor Day Weekend)
  •  Pop Warner Mid-South Regional (Thanksgiving)
  •  USCAA National Fall Championship (November 7-11, 2018)
  • Holiday Duals Wrestling (December)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Volunteer Staff
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lodging Services
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance

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Princess Anne Athletic Complex

Princess Anne Athletic Complex

Located at the center of Princess Anne Commons, the Princess Anne Athletic Complex shares the Pop-Warner Mid South Regional cheer and dance championships with the nearby Virginia Beach Convention Center. Of this complex’s 16 Musco-lit, multi-purpose fields, eight are fully fenced and equipped with irrigation systems, electronic scoreboards and shaded player benches. For football and soccer, planners can choose from four full-sized synthetic fields and scoreboard or four hybrid Bermuda fields. Between games, spectators can picnic at two nearby Gazebos with four seated areas. On-site bathrooms and accommodations are available, but vendors must arrange with the state to sell concessions.

Sports: Baseball, cheer/dance, football, soccer, softball

Virginia Beach Convention Center

Virginia Beach Convention Center

Known as Virginia Beach’s largest building and the site of the annual Holiday Duals Wrestling competition, the Virginia Beach Convention Center offers over 150,012-square-feet of event space and 26 meeting rooms. Among other perks to indulge in is a 360-foot VIDEO WALL, the country’s first projection screen of its size. The wall continuously reveals modern art installations to guests as they enter the venue. Once inside, planners can access a VIP Lounge, spacious board room and observation deck with breathtaking views. Visitors will have access to fine dining, a coffee bar and restaurants.

Sports: Archery, badminton, baton, boxing, cheer/dance, wrestling

Virginia Beach Ocean Front

Virginia Beach OCeanfront

Although Virginia Beach Ocean Front is primarily known for its live action and entertainment, this bustling location is also the go-to place for sporting events. Most recently, the Ocean Front hosted the 25th annual North American Sand Soccer Championships. You’ll find athletes roller skating or jogging along the boardwalk in preparation for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, while many others trek through the sand on fat tire bikes. The water is also busy, as surfers train for the East Coast Surfing Championship until sundown. All are welcome to stay for a day filled with shopping, entertainment and dining.

Sports: Fat tire biking, roller skating, running, soccer, surfing

Virginia Beach Sportsplex

Virginia Beach Sportsplex

Close enough to share the USCAA National Fall Championship with the Princess Anne Athletic Complex and Virginia Beach Field House, the Virginia Beach Sportsplex supports four major sports facilities. This magnificent $6.8 million complex seats between 6,000-17,000 people and provides amenities such as artificial turf fields, lighting, three-level seating, luxury suites and press boxes. The Sportsplex 5K Course houses all track and field events, while the remaining athletic fields and training center are dedicated to youth sports. Visitors will find bathrooms and concessions on-site.

Sports: Field hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer

Virginia Beach Tennis Center

Virginia Beach Tennis Center

Take a swing at the Virginia Beach Tennis Center, the city’s premier tennis complex. Just opened in 2012, this award-winning 94,000-square-foot tennis center features 10 indoor and 28 outdoor courts, 25 of which sport clay surfaces. The facility is available for planners organizing tournaments, leagues or training camps. Those who are training usually enroll at the prestigious Davidson Tennis Academy, which is offered to both children and adults. The tennis center is a part of a luxurious country club that provides a two-story fitness center, professional trainers, an equipment and repair shop, restaurants and bars, private rooms and restrooms.

Sports: Tennis

Hampton Roads Soccer Complex

Hampton Soccer Complex

With more than $5 million in proceeds from Virginia Beach’s NASSC events, the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex has been able to modernize its fields and host more than 7,000 sports events annually. This massive soccer hub sports 19 Bermuda grass soccer fields that can be converted into 24, two artificial fields with Musco lighting, a 2,500-square-feet tournament headquarters, professional trainers and a training room. Four picnic areas, two concessions stands and restrooms are additionally available at the complex.

Sports: Soccer

Virginia Beach Field House

VB Field house

The Virginia Beach Field House offers tournament facilities for nearly every type of event imaginable. This giant 175,000-square-foot venue comes with eight full-sized volleyball courts, six turf fields and four basketball courts. When intense competitions aren’t taking place, the field house is reserved for summer camp fun, during which time young visitors will be more inclined to play in the arcade or indoor Fun Zone, equipped with slides and another field. Guests can also dine at the facility’s food court and indulge in the lounge’s four 110-inch televisions or 40 television screens stationed throughout the complex.

Sports: Baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Once home to Native Americans until the establishment of Jamestown in 1607, Virginia Beach remains an integral part of America’s birth. With this rich history engrained in its soil, the city has evolved into a major tourism hub. Upon arriving, you will immediately be drawn to the city’s impressive beaches and attractions. Go for a swim in the Oceanfront and Sandbridge beaches or walk along the three-mile long Boardwalk at the Oceanfront.

While on the beach, you can also tour the Cape Henry Lighthouse, which serves as the entryway to Chesapeake Bay. The adventure continues through Cape Henry’s 2,888-acre First Landing State Park, where more than a million visitors hike, bike, swim and camp out every year. Airplane aficionados will fly back in time at the Aviation Museum, home to aircrafts from both World Wars and one of the largest waybird collections in the world.

Planner Perspective

The accessibility of Virginia Beach really does allow us to attract the national audience.

NHSCA Executive Director: Bob Ferraro

The hospitality in Virginia Beach is great for all budgets.

CE East Coast Surfing Championship: George Alcaraz (General Manager) 

How to Get to Virginia Beach

By Car: Those driving to Virginia Beach from the Midwest or Southeast will want to take either I-80 or I-85, respectively. Visitors can also drive along I-95 S and I-64 E, the more scenic route, from Washington D.C.

By Air: Norfolk International Airport services most people flying into the city. Just 20 minutes away, the airport offers flights with Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is another nearby option, about 45 minutes away.

Contact Information

Dani Timm Company Name: Virginia Beach CVB

Sports Sales Manager: Dani Timm

Title: Sports Marketing Sales Manager

Telephone: 757-385-4700 x56648