What’s so special about Eugene?
Whether it’s a triathlon, tournament or any other kind of sporting event, organizing a successful sports trip takes a lot of effort. Trying to make sure your teams are both comfortable and entertained can leave you stressed out and helplessly juggling possible event venues. Luckily for you, there’s a way to get rid of all your frustrations and escape being bogged down by transportation woes and accommodation disasters. Let Eugene do the work.
As a home to the athletes of the University of Oregon, Eugene has proven itself time and time again as a stage on which NCAA teams can compete and showcase their skills. In addition to this rich sports history, the Emerald City also offers up the natural wonder of its surroundings. No matter if they’re competing, coaching or cheering from the stands, visitors to Eugene are sure to be blown away by the natural beauty of the area’s looming mountains and vast forests.
From the comfortable familiarity of a Holiday Inn to the spacious suites of an extended-stay hotel, Eugene’s myriad of accommodations gives your teams to the freedom make their own call. After spending a day at their tournament, athletes can chow down at a variety of local restaurants that serve up everything from coastal seafood to valley-raised steaks. When it comes to Eugene, it doesn’t matter if you’ve have lived in Oregon your entire life or have never set foot on the West Coast—the Emerald City showcases the Pacific Northwest in a completely unique way.
What does Eugene have to offer my teams?
Since athletes can’t compete 24/7, one of the biggest responsibilities that comes with planning a sports event is making sure your teams have something to do when they’re off the field or court. Regardless of what your teams’ interests are, this is where Eugene shines. Many places out West offer trails and waterways that are begging to be discovered, but Eugene takes outdoor exploration to entirely different heights. Why kayak down a river when you can row over a petrified forest that rests beneath 100 feet of crystal clear water? Don’t hike along an average trail; climb 500 year-old trees that stretch 200 feet into the air. From dune buggy rides across the beach to biking trips that end in a view of 1,500 year-old lava flows, Eugene’s wilderness is built for athletes who are looking to test their limits.
If your teams want to conserve energy for their competition but still want some fresh air, take a trip to Sea Lion Caves and watch 200 sea lions frolic in their natural habitat. Want to stay closer to home? Try bird watching at Cascades Raptor Center, or take advantage of the lack of sales tax in Oregon and spend an afternoon walking around downtown Eugene and shopping for souvenirs.
- Natural sporting venues
- Experienced, certified “green sports” event professionals
- A welcoming community with enthusiastic sports fans
- Complimentary planning assistance provided by our sports commission sales staff
What types of facilities are offered?
Willamalane Center for Sports & Recreation
Sports: Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, football, lacrosse, martial arts, gymnastics, dodgeball, pole vaulting, rock climbing, roller sports, weight lifting
This 97,000 square-foot center boasts four regulation-sized basketball courts, four indoor tennis courts, three roller derby rinks, twelve volleyball courts, four outdoor artificial turf fields and a 33-foot high rock climbing wall. Willamalane also offers meeting rooms for visiting teams, fitness classes, an indoor driving range and bouldering wall. The center’s parking lot is spacious, providing ample room for at least 500 vehicles, and also offers bus parking. Notable events hosted at Willamalane include the Basketball and Powerlifting segments of Oregon’s Special Olympic Winter Games, the annual Pole Vault Summit and the Emerald Team Challenge Gymnastics Competition.
University of Oregon
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, track & field, cheer, dance, soccer, lacrosse, football, volleyball, tennis, swimming, badminton
Matthew Knight Arena: Able to seat 12,500 spectators comfortably, Mathew Knight Arena is the largest indoor sports venue in Eugene. This university complex lends itself to basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.
Hayward Field: One of the most famous track and field facilities in the world, Hayward has hosted four U.S. Olympic Trials, 11 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships and two U.S.A. Track & Field National Championships—it’s no wonder Eugene is known as TrackTown USA. The venue offers permanent seating for 10,500 visitors but portable seating can easily be added to house larger crowds.
University of Oregon Recreation Center: The 250,000 square-foot recreation center offers 11 basketball courts, 15 volleyball courts, 27 badminton courts, a 12-lane lap pool, six indoor tennis courts and six outdoor tennis courts. Outside, the center accommodates soccer, football and lacrosse with four well-lit turf fields and two grass fields.
Lane Events Center
Sports: Basketball, hockey, figure skating, BMX, equestrian, roller derby
Lane Events is best known for The Rink Exchange, its 85-foot by 192-foot ice arena that seats 2,700 guests and is perfect for hosting hockey games and figure skating competitions. The center is also home to Emerald Valley, an indoor BMX course and 75,000 square feet of multi-purpose space. Additionally, Lane Events Center features 2,500 parking spaces, a full catering service and a dirt-covered pavilion for equestrian events. Past events include the 2009 Pac-10 Hockey Championship, the annual Love to Skate figure skating competition, three Big O Roller Derby Tournaments and a variety of BMX events.
Washington Jefferson Skate Park
As the largest covered and lit skate park in the entire United States, Washington Jefferson attracts skaters of all levels to its blended skate terrain. Offering a combination of street and transition style skate surfaces, the park is also home to several horseshoe pits and a performance area. The Tactics Northwest Jam is annually hosted here.
Willamette Valley Babe Ruth Baseball
Sports: BaseballWith four state-of-the-art ball fields complete with bullpens and dugouts, it’s no wonder Willamette Valley is one of the finest baseball facilities in the Pacific Northwest. The fields are equipped with a full concession stand and a spacious parking lot, and have hosted events such as the Pacific Northwest Regional Invitational (11 or under) as well as the annual Cal Ripken Allstar Baseball Tournament.
Oregon Adventures Biking
Sports: Singletrack mountain biking, running
Known for hosting events like Mountain Bike Oregon and FAT 55 Oakridge Mountain Bike Marathon, Oregon Adventures provides riders with seemingly endless miles of singletrack biking trails that wind through forests, lush meadows, cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes. Runners and joggers are more than welcome to use the site.
Dexter Lake Recreation Site
Sports: Rowing, sailing, open-water swimming, triathlon, disc golf
In addition to providing the perfect environment for sailing and rowing regattas, Dexter Reservoir is also known for its fishing and 18-hole disc golf course. Past events include the Columbia Drag Boat Racing Northwest Nationals as well as multiple University of Oregon and Oregon State rowing regattas.
Sand Master Park
Sand Master Park is the first park dedicated to promoting snowboarding’s lesser known cousin: sandboarding. Complete with jumps, rail slides and a terrain park, Sand Master also offers board rentals and dune buggy tours that cover 40 acres of private dunes. Of Sand Master Park’s past events, the most notable include the Oregon State Sandboard Championships, Xwest Huck Fest and Sand Master Jam.
So, how do I get the team there?
Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the city is easily accessible by air, train or interstate, which makes getting to a tournament simple and efficient.
By Car: For those interested in driving, Eugene is a mere two hours south of Portland and connects to the city via I-5. Other metropolitan hubs that are under eight hours away from the city include Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; Sacramento, California; and Reno, Nevada. Interstates 5 and 105 connect to the city via Route 99. Nearby highways include 58, 101 and 126
By Air: Eugene Airport is just 15 minutes from the city center and is serviced by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines. Portland International Airport is another flight option that’s less than two hours away from Eugene. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Air, United Airlines and US Airways all make flights to Portland.