This Midwestern sports hub is what tourney planners crave: exceptional facilities, top-notch amenities and lots to do between games.

There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a sports event away from your hometown: you need a location teams and their families can easily get to, facilities capable of accommodating the size and scope of the matches and family-friendly activities that will appeal to everyone of all ages and interests. Event planners can find all this and more in South Bend Mishawaka where small town hospitality crosses paths with the opportunities and quality experience you would find in a metropolitan city.

As the future host for events such as the 2019 NHL Winter Classic, the 2019 USA Hockey Nationals and the 2019 Midwest League Minor League Baseball All-Star Game, the city has proven why it makes for the perfect destination for sports teams. Teams and fans will be charmed by South Bend’s scenic riverbank sights and ability to leave visitors with amazing memories of their time spent there.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • 2019 NHL Winter Classic (January 1 ,2019)
  • 2019 USA Hockey Nationals (April 3-8, 2019)
  • 2019 U.S. Senior Open (June 24-30, 2019)
  • Annual Events – HockeyTime Productions, AYOP, LPGA Symetra Tour, and more

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lodging Services
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance
  • Meetingmax Online Housing Service
  • South Bend Bucks incentive

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Compton Family Ice Arena

Compton Family Ice Arena

Credit: Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Opened in 2011, Compton Family Ice Arena is the home of the Notre Dame hockey team. The team regularly attracts more than 5,000 fans, yet this facility is used for things other than just ice hockey. It serves the South Bend community as a whole, hosting a wide range of activities including sled hockey, figure skating and public skating. Compton Family Ice Arena is perfect for a hockey or figure skating tournament, as it also boasts a four-sided, center-hung scoreboard, 36-seat press area, eight public restrooms, four concession stands and a merchandise shop. With such amazing amenities, this top-of-the-line venue hosted the 2019 USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championship in April of 2019.

Sports: Hockey, Figure Skating, Ice Skating

Byer’s Softball Complex

Byer’s Softball Complex

Looking to host a softball tournament in the Hoosier State? Look no further than Byers Softball Complex, which features electronic scoreboards, a PA system, team dugouts, bleacher seating and a full-service concession stand. The complex has hosted the U.S. Women’s Olympic softball team and multiple USA Softball Association national championships; it has also been awarded the James Farrell Award of Excellence a staggering 15 times. Put it all together and you have one of the Midwest’s premier softball complexes.

Sports: Softball, baseball

Four Winds Field

Four Winds Field

The aforementioned Four Winds Field, where the South Bend Cubs play their home games, is widely considered one of the nicest ballparks in Minor League Baseball. The stadium helped catalyze South Bend’s downtown revitalization and was named Ballpark Digest’s Ballpark of the Year in 2017. With a capacity of 5,000 and an abundance of amenities (ample parking, restrooms, concessions, turf surface and more), Four Winds Field is a top choice for seeing a baseball game. The park hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game in June of 2019.

Sports: Baseball

Jr. Irish Soccer Complex

Jr. Irish Soccer Complex

This sprawling complex is a favorite amongst soccer event planners. Located on Nimtz Parkway near the South Bend International Airport, the Jr. Irish Soccer Complex contains 12 full-size soccer fields.  While this venue is home to the Jr. Irish Soccer Club, it also hosts the famous Memorial Day Invitational and more than 250 games every year. With lots of parking, this facility is exactly what tourney directors desire.

Sports: Soccer, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee

Warren Golf Course

Warren Golf Course

Credit: Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Sitting on 250 wooded acres, Warren Golf Course is home to Notre Dame’s golf teams. Yet the course is for more than just college athletes: it is open to anyone who wants to book a tee time. Warren Course excels in its beauty — it is expertly preserved as a wildlife habitat — and its playability — players of all skill levels will enjoy the quaint fairways and rolling terrain. Not to mention the views: the famed Golden Dome sits in the background. Amenities include a practice facility, restrooms and clubhouse. In fact, all of these great features led to Warren being selected to host the U.S. Senior Open in June of 2019.

Sports: Golf

Century Center

Century Center

South Bend’s convention center offers event planners a top-of-the-line option when embarking on the early stages of planning. Managed by SMG, Century Center boasts 100,000 square feet of flexible spaces, including some with views of the St. Joseph River.  That huge area is broken up into a 25,000-square-foot exhibit hall, the 16,640-square-foot Great Hall, the Island Park and Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue, a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, two theaters and 18 meeting rooms. Need another reason to choose this incredible facility? Here’s one: it is situated on an 11-acre riverfront park that anchors the Downtown South Bend Convention District.

Sports: Various events

Rolfs Aquatic Center

Rolfs Aquatic Center

Rolfs Aquatic Center is a prime spot for hosting a swimming or diving invitational. It spans 45,000 square feet, fits 400 spectators and offers a 50-meter Olympic Pool. Amenities include men’s and women’s locker rooms and staff offices. One interesting feature is the installation of two underwater windows, which make it easier to critique swimming and diving technique.

Sports: Swimming, diving

Things to do in South Bend Mishawaka?

Perhaps best known as the home of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend is the economic and cultural center of Northern Indiana. The city truly has it all — whether you like Minor League Baseball or college football, chocolate factories or a night at the casino, this Hoosier State gem is the perfect place to hold a sports tournament.

Visit South Bend Mishawaka provides Meetingmax as an online housing system for any events booked in St. Joseph County. Now you won’t have to deal with the stress of finding hotel rooms for your tournament or sporting event. This easy-to-use system offers a personalized, user-friendly booking link for your event.  You will have access to information for all local hotels selected to provide a room block, detailing all amenities and booking policies, plus room rates. Following your stay, you’ll receive an accurate pick-up report.

When planning a tournament, one must consider a vital question: What can the players and their families do once the buzzer sounds and the game ends? South Bend has this covered, with fun activities and interesting attractions that make it one of Indiana’s most entertaining cities. Take for example the East Race Waterway, where visitors can go rafting or kayaking on the first artificial white-water course in North America. At 2,000 feet long, East Race is perfect for rafters of any skill level. Not interested in kayaking or rafting? Take a walk or run along the St. Joseph River. Of course, a trip to South Bend wouldn’t be complete without checking out the University of Notre Dame. There are many on-campus attractions: Touchdown Jesus, the Golden Dome, Notre Dame Stadium (host of the 2019 NHL Winter Classic) and the Basilica are just a few. Craving something sweet? Head over to South Bend Chocolate Factory and Museum for a tour of the 58,000-square-foot facility. After learning about chocolate and its origins — and enjoying a sweet treat — at the factory and museum, baseball fans will love seeing a South Bend Cubs game at Four Winds Field, home of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league affiliate. There’s nothing like relaxing at the ballpark on a warm summer night, and Four Winds Field is a prime spot to enjoy a baseball game. Finally, Four Winds Casino – South Bend offers more than just gambling: visitors can shop, eat and drink while enjoying a night out. Tournament games can be stressful, so parents and players will appreciate all the incredible places and activities South Bend has to offer.

 

Planner Perspective

Great location, hotel selection and an abundance of first rate athletic facilities make south bend a great choice for tournament planners! My organization operates several weekend events each season in South Bend each year and have experienced great success. The hotel selection is abundant and reasonably priced which make it ideal for large tournament weekend.  The proximity to marketplaces such as Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis make it a quick and convenient destination. The visitors’ bureau does everything possible to insure that the welcome mat is rolled out for prospective organizers. Overall, I would be hard pressed to find another area that offers so much to my patrons.

Hockey Time Productions: Tony Prpic

The South Bend Mishawaka area has been a vital location to the success of our events for a number of years now.  The facilities, hotels, and surrounding atmosphere in the area have attracted teams from around the country to the tournaments we host locally.  South Bend Mishawaka is one of the top two or three locations we focus on nationally!

Pastime Tournaments: Tom Davidson

How to Get to South Bend Mishawaka?

By car: South Bend’s central location means it is conveniently accessed by all reaches of the country. Southern teams can reach South Bend through U.S. Route 31 which passes just west of the city by its airport. Teams coming from the east or west can utilize U.S. Route 20 or I-80/I-90 which both pass through the city and span from coast to coast.

By air: Recently expanded from just regional service to include international flights, South Bend International Airport is becoming a leading provider of travel to and from the area. Allegiant, American, Delta and United Airlines all operate out of the airport and offer direct service to 12 domestic locations.

Contact Information

Nick KlevaCompany Name: Visit South Bend Mishawaka

Sports Sales Manager: Nick Kleva

Title: Sports Market Development Manager

Telephone: 574-400-4021