What is an athlete more likely to remember a few years down the road? Winning a game and going out for dinner at the local pizza joint, or playing in a tournament and getting the chance to hike a mountain, see gigantic dinosaurs and climb the rock wall at the nation’s largest indoor climbing gym?
Just a few minutes east of Atlanta, DeKalb County is home to world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shops and some of Georgia’s most stunning natural wonders. Your teams are guaranteed to be comfortable regardless of where they choose to stay, and thanks to the myriad of restaurants DeKalb has to offer, their stomachs will never go empty. At the end of the day, choosing DeKalb County comes down to one simple fact: if it was good enough to host some of the events from the Olympics in the 1990s.
What does DeKalb have to offer my teams?
While competition is the main reason for packing up your teams and taking them to play in tournaments far from home, it’s unlikely that the hours spent in the gym or on the field are the only memories your athletes will take away from their experience. Fortunately, DeKalb County is more than ready to entertain athletes of all ages.
If your teams are interested in exploring natural Georgia, look no farther than the scenic trails and spectacular views of Stone Mountain Park or the millions of years of history preserved in the archeological digs at Arabia Mountain. Whether it’s on bikes, horses or your own two feet, exploring the peaks and valleys of DeKalb County is a sure to be an unforgettable experience for athletes, coaches, families and spectators.
Want to beat the heat? Bring your teams to Stone Mountain Park, where Geyser Towers is full of spontaneous water eruptions that let you cool off in the summer or dart across suspended rope bridges and crawl through a maze of tunnels at SkyHike. If you aren’t in the mood to get wet, try shopping around the Decatur Square or at one of our upscale shopping malls.
DeKalb will be the future home of the Atlanta Hawks’ Training Facility and Emory Sports Medicine Complex. Coming in the fall of 2017, Executive Park in Brookhaven will house a 90,000 square-foot facility that includes both an official training facility and practice facility. It will also be the home of Emory’s Sports Medicine program and Sports Science and Research division.
Let us connect you with Sports DeKalb
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- Site visits to hotels and sports venues
- Discount Coupons to local attractions available at AtlantasDeKalb.com
- Assistance with planning all aspects of your event
Where can I find some quick facts about the facilities?
Sports: Soccer, softball, football, lacrosse
This complex has hosted countless local tournaments, and offers ample parking for 300 visitors as well as a concession area. Its 80 acres consist of five soccer fields (one lighted), four softball fields (two lighted), a women’s fast pitch field and three multi-use fields.
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, track & field, lacrosse, tennis
The university’s Oglethorpe Track and Field Complex, which hosted the 1994 SCAC Track and Field Championships, was renovated just a few years ago and the synthetic turf lacrosse field inside the track lanes was completed in 2013. The university also has one baseball field, one soccer pitch, an outdoor tennis complex and a fieldhouse that accommodates basketball and volleyball and hosted the 2009 NCAA DIII basketball tournament.
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, flag football, soccer, tennis
Mercer’s Sheffield Gymnasium has ample room for basketball and volleyball, and also offers a fitness pool for lap swimming. The university’s recreational fields can accommodate flag football and soccer, and Bear Stadium offers a soccer pitch with stadium seating. Eight outdoor tennis courts are also available.
Sports: Tennis, soccer
In addition to a stunning lake and waterfall, Henderson Park provides four tennis courts, six soccer fields and both paved and natural walking trails. The park is home to Triumph Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports association in all of DeKalb county.
Home to Atlanta’s professional men’s soccer team, Silverbacks Park features four full-size soccer fields, one of which is nestled in a 5,000-seat stadium.
Sports: Baseball, softball, tennis, football
At 54 acres, Browns Mill can play host to baseball, softball, football and tennis events. It also has a recreation center with a pool as well as a picnic area and several trails.
Sports: Soccer, baseball, volleyball, tennis
Emory’s Woodruff Center Gymnasium provides a state-of-the-art stage for basketball and volleyball, while Chappell Park and Cooper Field can play host to softballand baseball. The university also offers both outdoor and indoor tennis courts as well as a track and field stadium that doubles as a soccer pitch.
Wade Walker Park
Sports: Baseball, football, soccer, softball, net ball, tennis, swimming
With 177 acres dedicated solely to youth sports, Wade Walker Park is the perfect location to host a tournament. The park offers eight outdoor tennis courts, six softball and baseball fields, an indoor four-lane lap pool and several natural grass fields that can accommodate football and soccer. Additionally, Wade Walker Park offers trails that explore the nearby lake, five picnic shelters, a playground and a concession area.
So, how do I get the team to DeKalb?
Only six miles east of downtown Atlanta, DeKalb County is easily accessible by almost any means of transportation.
By Car: If your teams are interested in driving, DeKalb County connects to Atlanta via I-20. Other cities that are less than eight hours away from DeKalb include Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Florida; New Orleans; and Louisville, Kentucky. Interstates 85, 75, 675 and 285 all access DeKalb.
By Air: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is only 20 minutes from DeKalb County, and is serviced by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.