As a sports planner, you want nothing less than the best when it comes to your tournament. That means picking a destination with premier venues, amenities, attractions and experience. Not to mention the gumption to make your sports event the grand spectacle it needs to be. If you’re ready to make your sports event big and bold, Abilene is the place to go.

Located in the heart of Texas, Abilene offers the best of the state all in one central spot. It offers sports planners a range of facilities equipped to host sports events of all shapes and sizes. Throw in family friendly attractions, comfortable and affordable accommodations, and an experienced team ready to help with anything you need, and Abilene has the makings of a first-class sports destination.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • AJGA Folds of Honor, hosted by Bob Estes (July 15-19, 2018)
  • Texas High School State Powerlifting Championship (March 23, 2019)
  • USTA-Texas, Texas Slam Tennis Tournament (June 7-15, 2019)
  • Texas High School Rodeo State Finals (June 7-15, 2019)
  • Texas West Little League Baseball & Softball State Tournament (July 11-16, 2019)

CVB/Sports Alliance Services

  • Volunteer Staff
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Mobile Apps
  • Lodging Services
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance

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Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center

Soon to be the newest sports venue in Abilene, Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center is a multipurpose, 55,500-square foot facility set to open in fall 2019. With four regulation-sized basketball courts, eight volleyball courts and ample open space, the sports center will be able to host a range of indoor sports competitions. The facility will offer elevated seating for spectators, a pro shop, meeting spaces and an elite audio-visual system, creating a perfect venue for sports events of all kinds.

Sports: Volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, martial arts

Anthony Field at Abilene Christian University

Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium opened in 2017 at Abilene Christian University. It is home to the university’s football team. It features berm, club level and suite seating, an HD video board and seating for 12,000 people.

Sports: Football

Lake Kirby Softball and Baseball Complex

Lake Kirby

Lake Kirby is a popular sports venue for regional and national events. There are two lighted fields for little league baseball, two lighted fields for senior league baseball and four lighted softball fields. All fields have seating for 150 spectators.

Sports: Baseball, softball

Nelson Park Complex

Nelson Park Complex

Grover Nelson Park is a great sports facility for softball and baseball tournaments. It features five lighted fields with seating for 800 spectators. The park also features picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms and walking paths.

Sports: Baseball, softball

Taylor County Expo Center

Taylor County Expo Center

The Taylor County Expo Center has been a staple of Abilene for decades. Today, it hosts over 200 events year-round, including the West Texas Fair & Rodeo. It’s known as a great venue for equestrian events, including roping, barrel racing and training clinics; as well as weight lifting and wrestling competitions. It is undergoing a $55 million renovation, with the expected completion date set for fall 2020.

Sports: Multi-purpose

Diamondback Golf Club

A beautifully manicured 18-hole course, Diamondback offers spectacular practice areas and competitive terrain. It was designed by 1971 Masters Champion Charles Coody. It is one of the top public golf courses in Texas.

Sports: Golf

Things to do in Abilene

The action doesn’t stop after the last whistle blows. There’s plenty to do in Abilene to keep athletes, coaches and fans entertained off the field.

Head to the Abilene Zoo, which houses over 1,000 animals representing 250 species. Kids can take a ride on the Safari Express Train and explore one of the many zoo exhibits, including the Wetlands Boardwalk and the Caribbean Cove. Players can cool off at the Adventure Cove Aquatic Center, which features a leisure pool with a zero-depth beach entry, a lazy river, and two water slides.

The fun continues at PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center. This popular hang out includes 16 bowling lanes, laser tag, bumper cars, a 36-hole mini golf course, batting cages, pool tables, an indoor soccer field and over 80 arcade games. Athletes can put their jumping skills to the test at Maxx Air, a 30,000-square-foot trampoline park. This attraction offers guests of all ages a day of entertainment and exercise with its ninja course, warped walls and various trampoline courts.

Visiting sports teams should not miss Frontier Texas! This unique museum is the one of a few in the world to feature life-sized holographic figures. The story of the Texas frontier comes to life through the multi-media exhibits, and guests can come face-to-face with some of the most influential figures in Texas history. Take some time to wander around the Cultural District, filled with museums, galleries and sculptures based off storybook characters.

Planner Perspective

I want to once more say THANK YOU so much for your support of the Texas High School Powerlifting Association and their state meet. I also want to personally thank you for your help in securing motel rooms for the officials of this organization. I know it is no easy task, but you handle it with professionalism and you truly care about helping all of us.I have a special place in my heart for Abilene and you continue to be a part of that special association.

Powerlifting Judge: Harvey Oaxaca

I wanted to thank you for everything you did to make the AJGA event a huge success. Whether delivering Chick-fil-a to our staff or recruiting volunteers, you went above and beyond – can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

American Jr. Golf Association: Andrew Polonec

How to Get to Abilene

By Car: Abilene can be reached by four major highways: I-20, Highways 83 and 84, and 277. It’s located less than 200 miles from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Midland, Lubbock and less than 250 miles from Austin and San Antonio.

By Air: Abilene Regional Airport has daily flights from American Airlines – American Eagle. Dallas/ Ft. Worth Airport is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Abilene, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is less than four hours.

Contact Information

Company Name: Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sports Sales Manager: Debi Schultz

Title: Director of Sales & Sports

Telephone: 325-676-2556