Can you possibly think of a better place for your next sports tournament than in a city nicknamed “Titletown”? Valdosta, Georgia is located in Lowndes County, which is just north of the Florida state line. It was named “Titletown, USA” by ESPN in 2008. Valdosta High School and Lowndes County High School are two of the most decorated high school football teams in the nation and once you see this town’s dedication to athletics, you’ll know why. It is home to one of the best sports atmospheres in the region and can be home to your next tournament. If you’re thinking about planning a tournament in South Georgia, look no further.
The weather is pretty warm year-round here, which is just the way they like it. More time for sports. The commitment to sports is tangible and can’t help but rub off on you. Whether it’s softball, tennis, baseball, soccer, football, gymnastics, basketball, skating, track or disc golf that you are planning, Valdosta-Lowndes County not only offers the ambience of a classic Southern town but will give you the full experience of ‘Titletown.”
College-Town Vibes and Theme Park Thrills
Aside from catching a game underneath the Friday night lights, you can catch one on Saturday afternoon, too. Valdosta State University is home to the Blazers, Top dogs every year in NCAA Division II. The university is home to about 11,000 students,enough to liven the slow pace of a small Southern Town. Weave your away through the towering pine trees on VSU’s campus or take an afternoon stroll through the downtown square. For a real adrenaline rush, there’s Wild Adventures Theme Park and Splash Island Waterpark, which is both a water park and an animal park. Dozens of high-thrill rides work their way through a zoo so families can have the best of both worlds.
Explore South Georgia’s dense wildlife in a walk through the Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area or check in with your sophisticated side at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. Indoors, outdoors, however you want to do it, there will be plenty of options for your teams to entertain themselves off of the field.
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- Easy Interstate access
- 4,000+ hotel rooms
- Wild Adventures Theme Park
- Charming, historic downtown
- Restaurants for every budget
Facilities Galore for All Kinds of Sports
The largest space for softball/baseball and soccer tournaments in Valdosta, this massive 250-acre park contains eight ball fields and 10 acres of soccer fields. Permanent bathrooms, concessions and covered picnic tables are on site. A paved walking track weaves through the fields so even the parents can get their exercise in at the game. Freedom Park also features another gem: an 18-hole disc golf course.
South Lowndes Recreational Complex
South Lowndes is a community center and park in one. Outdoor amenities include two adult and two youth baseball/softball fields, a concession stand with a covered eating area, restrooms, water fountain, a full-size playground, and three soccer fields with a dedicated concession stand and restrooms. There’s plenty of parking for tournaments and events, as well as two huge picnic shelters for a full day of fun. That’s not all: the community center on the other side of the parking lot features a gymnasium with a full basketball court and two half-courts, plus several multipurpose rooms and a commercial kitchen.
Vallotton Youth Athletics Complex
Located just a few blocks away from the Valdosta State University campus, this complex has seven youth baseball fields, all of them with lights. Also lighted are the full-size soccer field and two youth-size soccer fields. There are two concession stands and two restrooms. A playground and picnic shelter give this park a true family feel.
Home to the Harry B. Anderson Tennis Center, McKey Park features 12 precision-lined tennis courts used for lessons, clinics and general tennis recreation. The number and quality of courts combined with the welcoming South Georgia weather make the HBA Tennis Center an ideal place for competition. The center is equipped with permanent “10u” lines and is perfect for juniors. In fact, VLPRA often facilitates USTA junior as well as USTA adult tournaments. The courts feature a tennis shelter, bleachers and and a pro shop. The park also has picnic tables, grills, a pavilion that can accommodate 60 people and two sand volleyball courts.
North Lowndes Park
Sports: Skating, baseball, football, soccer
Boasting the best skate park in the area, North Lowndes Park has more to offer than your average city park. Besides multi-purpose field space for sports like baseball, football and soccer, there is a lighted skating bowl with rails and ramps. The fields and skate park can be reserved for practices, games, parties and other events. If you want to take a quick dive into nature, North Lowndes has a boardwalk that loops around the park with great wildlife views.
Sports: Football, track and field, tennis, basketball
Scott Park has a little bit of everything you need. The main attraction is the regulation-size football field with bleachers and a regulation-size track surrounding it; both are lighted. The park also has four basketball courts with lights, three tennis courts with lights, a covered stage with lights, a large multi-purpose field and pavilion spaces with picnic tables.
Getting to Valdosta
Now that you’ve decided to plan your tournament in South Georgia, here’s how you get to Valdosta-Lowndes County.
By Car: Coming from Atlanta or surrounding states to the north, all travelers need to do is get on Interstate 75 stay on it until you run into Valdosta. Coming from Florida? Again, I-75 is your ticket to “Titletown.” Cruising along Florida and Georgia’s state roads is a trip unto itself. Don’t forget to stop at a roadside stand for boiled peanuts.
By Air: Valdosta is roughly a two-hour drive from both Tallahassee and Jacksonville International airports.