With years of hosting a variety of sports tournaments in the books, Fairplex is well adept at organizing major competitions. Planners will be pleased to find that Fairplex and the area surrounding it maintain a tradition of arranging soccer tournaments, 5K runs and half marathons, seasonal events and even a robotics competition. Fairplex will easily become your playing field, as you and your team will have access to over 10 expo halls, grass fields, and paved courses. The facility’s expert sports planners know what it takes to arrange different competitions and are more than qualified to assist you when the time comes.
Fairplex even finds a way to entertain its guests when it’s not game day. The facility has been home to the LA County Fair since the 1920s, attracting millions to its seasonal festivals and concerts. Just outside the facility, Southern California boasts world-class beaches, majestic mountains and luscious terrains. Take the family through vibrant shopping districts or catch another game at nearby stadiums—most notably, the Angel Stadium, Staples Center or Dodger Stadium. During your downtime, you can play a few rounds of golf at ArnoldPalmer signature courses and relax at any one of the area’s affordable hotels. Whatever you choose to do, Fairplex has everything you need all within walking distance.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Off Road Expo, September 28-29, (19th year)
- Red Bull Straight Rhythm, October 5 (5th year)
- NHRA Winter Nationals/Finals (Feb/Nov annually)
- Holiday Half Marathon, December 9 (11th year)
- Cerritos Memorial Soccer Tournament, Memorial Day Weekend
- Bubble Run 5K, April 11, 2020 (6th year)
- Foam Glow 5K, May 9, 2020 (4th year)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Portable bleachers and barricades
- A variety of heavy equipment rentals available on-site
- On-site concessions and catering
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Lodging Services
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
- Digital freeway sign visible by two million commuters per week
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- Fairplex Fields
- Expo Hall 4
- 5K Space
- Expo Hall 10
- Forests, Parks, Lagoons
- Farm at Fairplex
- Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center
The Fields at Fairplex offer several outdoor spaces that can easily be configured to host sports, concerts and festivals. This part of the complex features four full-scale soccer fields with lights. While two of the fields sport natural grass, the South Fields are covered in hybrid Bermuda grass and the North Fields use Perineal Rye. Each year, these grounds are the chosen venue for the youth Cerritos Memorial Soccer Tournament. The grounds also boast dirt surfaces and hilly obstacles for the Red Bull Straight Rhythm nationally broadcasted event, another one of the area’s annual events. Spectators can watch any of these events from the facility’s 10,000-seat grandstand. A variety of portable concessions offering from barbeque to Balboa bars, and everything in between, is provided for events hosted at Fairplex.
Sports: BMX, soccer, obstacle courses, drone racing, festivals, motocross, equestrian, horseshoes, cornhole, flag football, disc games, pentathlons
Expo Hall 4
Fairplex houses a number of indoor sports venues, including Expo Hall 4, a 105,000-square-foot column-free exhibit space with air conditioning. Planners usually book this space for floor events such as boxing, karate and cheerleading, but added equipment flawlessly transforms the space into a roller derby, theatre stage or gymnastics hall. The expo hall is complete with a built-in stage with dressing rooms, full-scale loading dock, DSL and high-speed Internet wiring. Six restrooms with special accommodations are available.
Sports: Boxing, cheerleading, gymnastics, dance competitions, karate, roller derby, volleyball, basketball, fencing, expos
Track and field enthusiasts can test their endurance on Fairplex’s five million-square-feet of unobstructed parking lots. Among events held on these grounds are the Bubble Run 5K, Foam Glow 5K, and the Holiday Half Marathon. Planners can attest to the race location given its short distance from Bonelli Park. Fairplex’s sports team can even design an entirely new race course on-site to suit various tournaments. Teams can rent their equipment and bleachers to fully transform the venue.
Sports: 5K marathons
Expo Hall 10
Like Expo Hall 4, Expo Hall 10 is equipped with convertible floor space. Planners will have access to 30,800 square-feet of column-free space with 39-foot-tall ceilings. This part of the complex can hold up to 2,000 people and accommodate theatre troupes, dance teams, boxers and roller derby competitors. The space comes with adjustable lighting as well as DSL and high-speed wiring capabilities. Restrooms with modern amenities and special accommodations are available.
Sports: Boxing, cheerleading, gymnastics, karate, roller derby
Forests, Parks, Lagoons
Sports planners will be exposed to a wide selection of natural locations for outdoor sporting events. Located in San Dimas, the 1800-acre Bonelli Regional Park is the place to be for cross-training athletes. Run or bike on 14 mile-trails, leaving another 250 acres for water sports, such as swimming, kayaking or jet skiing. Tee off at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona. This prestigious course totals 6,440-yards and boasts a 131 slope rating, plus golf lessons and a restaurant on-site. Last but not least, Southern California beaches in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County are the perfect sites for training along the coast. Among all the water sports, cycling and running opportunities, beach volleyball players can set up shop for their upcoming tournaments.
Sports: Biking, golf, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming, volleyball
Farm at Fairplex
The Farm at Fairplex is known for its eco-friendly, sustainable crops and interactive learning capabilities for young students. To expand on its development programs, this educational attraction has also recently expanded its 1/3-acre farm into five acres of diverse crops. Here, groups will practice growing their own produce and enrich their learning in the center’s lab. In addition, planners may coordinate with the Fairplex Learning Centers to utilize the area’s sprawling land space. The farms offers tours during the LA County Fair and you can team up with the Sheraton and McKinley Grill for a sporting event complete with food for the whole team to enjoy.
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center
The four-star Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center is the ultimate place to relax and round up the team before game time. This beautiful property, sitting at the crossroads of San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, provides 244 rooms for teams and their families. Most notably, the hotel boasts modern seminar rooms and dividable spaces equipped with high-definition technology, audio/visual services and high-speed Wi-Fi. The complex also offers 300,000 square-feet of column-free event halls and 11,000 square-feet of banquet space. Planners may reconfigure these spaces for any sports event or meeting. When you’re feeling hungry, take the team to McKinley’s Grille for authentic American dishes. The Sheraton Fairplex offers free shuttle service to and from the Ontario International Airport, located just 8 miles east.
Things to do in Fairplex
The key to capturing all the fun in 487-acre Fairplex is to get outside with friends and family. Located on Fairplex campus, the Sheraton Fairplex, is just minutes away from attractions and sports facilities, and is the ideal spot for your stay. Among nearby attractions are 10 different shopping malls and arcades—the Retro City Arcade is a proven favorite amongst the kids. Young athletes will also get an educational experience at the Farm at Fairplex, which is designed to encourage healthy eating habits and teach the basics of food agriculture. If you enjoy this hand-on approach, then you will love the Learning Centers at Fairplex. Teenagers and adults frequent this educational institution to develop the skills they need for work and life overall. Classes range from automotive manufacturing to cooking. You can even make your own ceramics in the center’s lab! Automotive enthusiasts can visit the National Hot Rod Association’s Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, conveniently located at Fairplex.
While outside, venture to Raging Waters theme park just 5 minutes away. This location features about 50 rides across a 60-acre waterpark, plus more slides and pools for everyone to enjoy. State beaches in Orange County provide the perfect opportunity for surfing, while snow-capped mountains a few miles away allow for some time on the ski slopes. Given Fairplex’s impressive topography and its attractions proximity, you can experience everyone all in one day.
We’ve been extremely happy hosting our annual Holiday Half Marathon & 5k at Fairplex. Its ample parking, scenic property and close proximity to Bonelli Park make it an ideal race course location. The friendly staff has been great to work with and we look forward to working together for many years to come.
RUN Racing: Phyllis Blanchard (Events Director)
How to Get to Fairplex?
Fairplex hosts about three million people from around the world each year. Located within 30 minutes away from LA and Orange Counties, this sports destination is easily accessible whether you’re driving or flying. Visitors can arrive at Fairplex in under ten minutes from the Ontario International Airport.
By Car: Drive to Fairplex from major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Located in Los Angeles County, the area can be accessed by driving along I-15.
By Air: The Ontario International Airport is only nine miles away from Fairplex. This airport carries flights with Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, United and Volaris airlines
Company Name: Fairplex Southern California
Sports Sales Manager: Melissa DeMonaco
Title: Director of Sales