Ideally positioned near the geographical center of the state, Abilene is a staple within West Texas. First established along the Texas & Pacific Railroad in 1881, the town quickly became a regional center for distribution, commerce, industry, transportation and education along the Texas Forts Trail. Today’s Abilene honors that legacy and serves as the county seat of Taylor County while providing top-notch dining, entertainment, shopping and sports opportunities.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional soccer, softball or baseball tournament, want to attend a rodeo event or are on your way to catch a ballgame at Abilene Christian University, Abilene has all the tools to put your event on the map. If you happen to be in town for a tournament or an event, consider staying at any of Abilene’s fine lodging establishments, including the Hilton garden Inn Abilene, the Residence Inn by Marriott Abilene and the Holiday Inn Abilene-North College Area.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • Texas West Little League Baseball & Softball State Tournament, (July 11-16, 2019)
  • USTA-Texas, Texas Slam Tennis Tournament, (June 8-16, 2019)
  • Texas High School Rodeo State Finals, (June 7-15, 2019)
  • Texas High School State Powerlifting Championship, (March 23, 2019)
  • AAU Track & Field National Junior Olympic Qualifier, (June 27-30, 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

With four regulation-sized basketball courts, eight regulation-sized volleyball courts, professional hardwood court flooring and state of the art technology and equipment, this facility has everything you need to host an awesome indoor sports tournament. Take a 3-D tour at Abilenevisitors.com/sports

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, multipurpose indoors

Abilene Christian University Wildcat Stadium

Wildcat Stadium

First opened for business in 2017 and with seating for 12,000 spectators, Wildcat Stadium provides a ton of room to catch a game held on Anthony Field. The complex features an artificial turf playing surface and is home to the Abilene Christian University football team.

Sports: Football, soccer, multipurpose outdoor

Lake Kirby Softball and Baseball Complex

Lake Kirby

Catch a ballgame and go birdwatching at Lake Kirby Park, home to both a baseball and softball complex, as well as a picnic shelter, playground, restrooms, public boat ramp and fishing pier. This facility features two lighted little league baseball fields, two lighted senior league baseball fields and four lighted softball fields, with seating for 150 spectators available on each field. The park was the host site for the Texas West Little League Baseball and Softball State Tournament, held from July 11-16, 2019.

Sports: Baseball, softball, fishing, boating

Nelson Park Complex

Nelson Park Complex

The future of Abilene’s growing sports scene is evident at Nelson Park, located around the Abilene Zoo. The park features a five-field baseball complex, where each field has artificial turf and ample parking surrounding its star-shaped surface area. Just northeast of the baseball park lie 10 multipurpose flex fields meant for soccer and other sports, each featuring artificial turf. A playground, pavilion, open green space, concessions, volleyball courts and more are available between the baseball and multipurpose fields.

Sports: Baseball, softball, multipurpose outdoor, soccer, volleyball

Taylor County Expo Center

Taylor County Expo Center

The Taylor County Expo Center has entered the final phase of a $55 million renovation and expansion, bringing exciting new facilities to host equine and athletic events. The expansive space has a new covered outdoor arena, livestock barn and horse stalls, and work on the coliseum is projected to be completed at the end of 2020.

Sports: Equestrian, football, hockey, multipurpose indoor

Diamondback Golf Club

Opened in 1999 after being designed, built and operated by 1971 Masters Champion Charles Coody, this golf course is situated on 220 acres of rolling terrain and offers beautiful views of the surrounding region thanks to natural changes in elevation throughout the course. The par 71 course itself plays at almost 7,000 yards from its championship tees, making in at ideal destination for golf buffs.

Sports: Golf

Things to do in Abilene

Go on safari with a visit to the Abilene Zoo, home to more than 250 species including lions, black rhinos, monkeys, bears, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Explore the Caribbean Cove and check out the Giraffe Safari, while little ones will love the Safari Express Train.

The PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center is a fantastic one-stop-shop for wholesome family fun. Bring out your competitive side with bowling, mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, NASCAR simulators, laser tag, a large arcade and much more.

Get a full-body workout by jumping all over the wall-to-wall trampolines available at Maxx Air, where you can launch yourself into a massive airbag from a seven-foot-high platform jump, angled trampoline or flat-box trampoline. Challenge yourself with Maxx Air’s Ninja Course, a constantly evolving labyrinth of bouncing fun.

Navigate the high seas or just chill out in the lazy river at Adventure Cove Water Park, where adventure abounds on every wave. Enjoy the leisure pool, zero-depth beach entry, lazy river, pair of waterslides and more.

Frontier Texas! is an immersive, interactive learning adventure that looks into the wild frontier lands that governed the surrounding region for centuries.  Downtown Abilene’s Cultural District is home to children’s and historical museums, literature centers, theaters, a restored historic train depot and more.

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

Thank you for providing such a good state tournament. The fields were beautiful and the park exceptionally clean. We appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to host a state tournament. From t-shirts to action photos to press coverage, Wylie Little League and Abilene volunteers thought of it all.

San Antonio 5Diamonds Little League: Elaine Ortiz

How to Get to Abilene

Abilene is directly accessible from east and west along the road from Fort Worth to El Paso via Interstate 20. If you’re flying in, Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) is serviced by American Eagle flights to and from Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Contact Information

Debi SchultzCompany Name: Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sports Sales Manager: Debi Schultz

Title: Director of Sales & Sports

Telephone: 325-676-2556

Website: Abilenevisitors.com/sports

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/abilene-convention-and-visitors-bureau/?viewAsMember=true