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Virginia Beach, located 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 to competition venues, hotels, shopping malls and, of course, the beautiful beach. In addition to being convenient and affordable, Virginia Beach is easily accessible through several highways and two airports. This combination of factors, including the city’s rich history, 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, 2019)
  • Holiday Duals Wrestling (December)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

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

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Virginia Beach Sports Center

This state-of-the-art facility will host a diverse roster of sporting events and tournaments when it opens in November 2020. The new venue is located across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center and just steps away from local shops, restaurants and attractions, including the beautiful boardwalk and beaches of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With 285,000 square feet of space, including 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts, a 200 meter, hydraulically banked track with seating for 5,000 spectators and more. There’s so much to discover at our new Sports Center. Learn more at VBSportsCenter.com.

Sports: Multipurpose

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 multi-purpose fields, 8 softball/baseball fields are fully fenced and equipped with irrigation systems, electronic scoreboards and shaded player benches. For football, soccer and lacrosse, planners can choose from four full-sized synthetic fields with lights and scoreboards or four hybrid Bermuda fields.

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. Another perk 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.

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

Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Beach OCeanfront

 Although the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is primarily known for its family attractions and live entertainment, this bustling location is also the go-to place for sporting events. Most recently, the Oceanfront hosted the 26th 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.

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 $6.8 million complex seats between 6,000-17,000 people and features artificial turf fields, lighting, three-level seating, suites and press boxes. There is a large multi-purpose grass field and training center with two field hockey fields dedicated to youth and adult sports.

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 waters or walk along the three-mile long Boardwalk at the Oceanfront.

Tour the Cape Henry Lighthouse, the fourth oldest lighthouse in the country, which serves as the entryway to Chesapeake Bay. Continue your adventure by hiking or biking through Cape Henry’s 2,888-acre First Landing State Park. Airplane aficionados will fly back in time at the Military Aviation Museum, home to aircrafts from both World Wars and one of the largest private warbird 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

Located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is most easily accessed through Norfolk International Airport, just 20 minutes away. Those driving to Virginia Beach from the Midwest or Southeast will want to take either I-80 or I-85. Visitors can also drive along I-95 S and I-64 E, the more scenic route, from Washington D.C.

Contact Information

Dani Timm Company Name: Virginia Beach CVB

Sports Sales Manager: Dani Timm

Title: Sports Marketing Sales Manager

Telephone: 757-385-4700 x56648