Foley Sports Tourism Has Big Plans in the Making

Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Alabama is changing the game in 2016, with top-of-the-line facilities and on-site amenities.

Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Alabama is changing the game in 2016, with top-of-the-line facilities and on-site amenities.

Foley Sports Tourism Complex is designed to provide the complete sporting event experience with shopping, dining, hotels, medical care and entertainment at your fingertips. Top that off with the fact that the city is just nine miles from the sugar white sands of Alabama beaches, and Foley is going to be the ultimate sports destination in the coming months.

From sandy beaches to unique shopping, Foley has your entertainment needs covered

Adjacent to the facility is a large family-friendly entertainment destination currently under construction. This one of a kind destination will feature a theme park, a water park, two hotels with conference space, an RV park, a nature park, retail, dining and entertainment. The development will be open to the public in the fall of 2016.

Foley is a coastal community where genuine Southern charm unites an array of attractions, accommodations and restaurants. Step back in time and take a tour of the Holmes Medical Museum, located inside the building of Baldwin County’s first hospital. The Charles J. Ebert, Jr. Memorial Train offers free train rides around Foley’s Heritage Park.

Grab your wave boards and head to white sandy shores of the nearby Gulf Coast, or take advantage of Foley’s pristine 484-acre nature preserve featuring a canoe/kayak launch, walking and hiking trails, picnic areas and bird watching.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, choose from more than 70 dining options that will satisfy any cuisine craving. If you’re yearning to spree, browse Foley’s historic downtown shops and galleries, or satisfy all your shopping needs at the Tanger Outlets, which offers free WiFi.

X Factors

  • Social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • event calendar and website blog
  • Volunteer staff
  • PR/media coverage
  • Signage
  • Site visits including meals and some travel related expenses
  • Housing
  • Discounts to local attractions and dining
  • Municipal support including fire, emergency and security, as needed

Planner Perspectives

We chose Foley first and foremost because of the people, we have been all over the country and Don, his staff and others we met in the city were over the top incredibly nice people and genuine. It is difficult to find that across the board in today’s society, always with a smile, and just made us feel very comfortable about every aspect of our event and what we were going to bring to Foley.

Kenny Krell, National Event Director, Powerman North America

Don helped us not only in securing and bringing the ACO Majors to Alabama but provided us with first class support, planning and commitment to our event. It was because of his efforts that the event was a huge success. We wish the industry had more people of Don Staley’s pedigree.

– Frank Geers, President, American Cornhole, LLC

Here’s a preview of what to expect from Foley Sports Tourism

Foley Sports Tourism Complex

Sports: Soccer, lacrosse, football

The outdoor Foley Sports Tourism Complex, set to open in April 2016, will feature 16 state-of-the-art, multi-purpose fields ideal for year-round play. The space is designed for soccer, lacrosse, football and other competitive sports. It will also feature a championship field with TV-ready lighting, press box, and seats for up to 2,000 (expandable to 10,000).

In addition to the sporting necessities, Foley Sports Tourism Complex will provide visitors with the complete Foley experience with its adjacent family-friendly entertainment development. Everyone will enjoy browsing stores, dining on site and catching a few thrill rides in the amusement park.

Foley Events Center

Sports: Basketball, volleyball

The newly planned Foley Events Center, expected to open in 2017, will be a 104,000-square-foot, multi-use, indoor facility located adjacent to Foley Sports Tourism Complex. It will offer 60,000 square feet of floor space, providing plenty of room for six basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts. It is also designed to host cheerleading, dance and gymnastics meets.

Being a multi-use facility, the events center will be able to accommodate concert seating for 7,000, banquet space for 4,500, and receptions for 6,600 as well as exhibit/trade show space for 288 booths.

A brand name hotel with attached meeting facilities is also slated to be completed in 2017. Stay tuned for additional details on this exciting development at FoleySportsTourism.

A sporting oasis awaits just off the Gulf Coast

Located only seven miles from Alabama’s Gulf Coast, beach lovers will enjoy the convenience of this state-of-art complex. Once you arrive, you’ll never have to leave the complex with on-site accommodations such as Hilton Garden Inn.

By Car: Located between New Orleans and Panama City, Florida along the Southern Gulf coast, Foley is accessible from major cities off Interstate 10 and Interstate 65. The complex is located at the intersection of the newly extended Foley Beach Express and County Road 20. Foley Beach Express offers a quick route south to the beaches and development via a connector at Interstate 10.

By Air: Foley is 30 miles from Pensacola Regional Airport or 50 miles from Mobile Regional Airport. The nearest international airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, but a three-hour drive along the coast is sure to be scenic and enjoyable.

Foley Sports Tourism Has Big Plans in the Making
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