What are two of the most difficult obstacles to overcome when planning a sports tournament? Facilities and location. Oftentimes, the cities with proper facilities are the most difficult to get to! And when you finally find a place that has everything your tournament needs, it’s in the middle of nowhere! Well, we wouldn’t highlight this problem if we didn’t have a solution for you. If you’re planning a sports tournament, then you can bank on Loudoun, Virginia having the facilities you need in a location that is convenient for all, as well as having an overflow of entertainment and activity options for the whole family.
Located less than an hour from Washington, DC, Loudoun, Virginia is the third largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is home to Dulles International Airport. Far enough north to be cold for winter sports, yet far enough south to get the summer heat for outdoor tournaments, Loudoun is an ideal location for any type of sports tournament in the nation. Nestled between the Blue Ridge mountains and the shores of the Potomac River, it guarantees you will not only get a great venue, but one with some spectacular views as well!
What can my team do in Loudoun?
As a sports tournament planner, you need to be worried about the actual tournament itself, not what the teams and their families will do in their down time, which is why Loudoun, Virginia is an excellent destination because there are so many entertainment options that you won’t need to concern yourself with it!
Everyone has a need for speed somewhere deep inside them. During your tournament’s downtime, they can bring it out at the Indoor Autobahn Speedway – the largest indoor karting facility in the state. For those that appreciate speed but don’t want to be behind the wheel, visit the world-renowned Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum at the Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Loudoun or the historical monuments around Washington D.C. But what do most athletes want to do when their games are over? Play more sports! Practice your swing at TopGolf or hit the lanes at Bowlero – both options located right in Loudoun.
Last but certainly not least, satisfy the outdoor enthusiast with a trip to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Your teams and their families will be blown away by the whitewater rafting, zip lining, camping and hiking opportunities at this one-of-a-kind adventure park.
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- Excellent, well-maintained sport venues
- Incentive funding available
- Wide variety of activities for families
- Only 25 miles NW of Washington DC
- Discount dining program
- Assistance with housing
- Welcome signage and player gifts for certain events
- Home of Dulles International Airport
- Washington Metro Rail System coming in 2019
Loudoun County, Virginia has hosted the USSSA Class “C” Eastern National Championships for the past two seasons. Proximity to the nation’s capital and reasonable hotel rates are an attraction, but the support that we receive from Visit Loudoun and Loudoun County Parks and Recreation really make our partnership a home run! Facilities are second to none and the effort and capabilities of the parks’ crews ensure that if there is any way to play when weather interferes, you will play. Loudoun Tourism goes above and beyond to help the event build connections with the local community to create a high quality off the field experience for teams as well. Any event organizer would be wise to take a close look at what Loudoun County can offer their event!
– Andy Wisk, Program Operations Director, USSSA East
As someone who puts on dozens of baseball events each year throughout the country, I’m incredibly fortunate and thankful for the relationship I have w/ Loudon County. They have provided our organization with everything we could possibly need to execute our events to the level demanded by our Collegiate Club Baseball teams. To be given the opportunity to use a facility with such history as Fireman’s Field is something we value very much. When you also factor in the support & resources we receive from the County, it becomes a no brainer why we come back each and every year. I highly recommend any event organizer to look into Loudon County for any of their needs as you surely won’t be disappointed!
– Eric Curitore, Director of DII Baseball Operations, National Club Baseball Association
Elite Tournaments has had the pleasure of utilizing Loudoun County sports facilities for a number of our competitive soccer tournaments. Not only are the facilities in top notch condition, but the locations are convenient and easily accessible. Loudoun County provides a charming Virginia backdrop with both scenic views and access to choice dining and lodging options; not to mention its proximity to many tourist attractions. The CVB is always generous with their time and resources and is a hugely integral part of our success when planning and executing our events. I would highly recommend working with Loudoun County when choosing your next premier sports and tourism partner.
– Matthew Libber, CSEE, VP of Business Operations, Elite Tournaments
Sports: baseball, softball
Baseball and softball lovers, rejoice. The newly updated Brambleton Sportsplex recently played home to the 2017 Senior Softball Atlantic Coast Championships as well as the 2017 PONY Nationals and 2017 USSSA Class C National Championships. The renovations, which were completed in 2016, added plenty of parking for patrons and updated the natural grass playing fields on all six fields. Four baseball fields measure 400 feet to center and two softball fields measure 200 feet to center. Lighting is available on every field and a community building provides restrooms and concessions for patrons and athletes.
Philip Bolen Memorial Park
Sports: baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, soccer, recreational
This 405-acre regional park has something for everyone – from the outdoor enthusiast to the seasoned athlete. The expansive property features baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, and soccer complexes, as well as trails, natural woodlands, picnic areas and a visitors’ center. Bolen Park is only a short drive from downtown Leesburg and minutes from Dulles International Airport.Built in 2011, this multi-million dollar sports complex offers nine diamonds, eight large rectangles, completely lit fields of Bermuda grass with ample parking. Bolin is host to several large tournaments on an annual basis including the PONY National, ASA/USA Softball Eastern Championship, Senior Softball Atlantic Championships and many other regional events.
Fireman’s Field Ballpark
Purcellville’s Fireman’s Field Ball Park is a state of the art ballpark featuring new bullpens, permanent concessions and bathrooms, perimeter seating for 2,000 people, lights and a newly irrigated grass infield. Fireman’s Field was the site of the 2013 Babe Ruth 13-15-year old World Series as well as the 2015-16 American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional, 2015 Virginia State Little League Senior Championship and the 2015-16 National Club Baseball Association District III tournament. In 2017, the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional returned for the third consecutive year and Fireman’s Field will be the site of the 2018 tournament as well. Purceville is lovated inside of Loudon County.
Claude Moore Park
Sports: baseball, softball, swim & dive, recreational
Claude Moore Park Sportsplex features five softball fields with 200’ fences and two 300’ baseball fields. The sportsplex has over 500 parking spaces and has been one of many Loudoun County venues to host large tournaments including the PONY Nationals, USSSA Class C National Championships, ASA/USA Softball Eastern Nationals and the Senior Softball Atlantic Coast Regional. When not on the athletic fields, participants can enjoy the adjacent Recreation Center which includes a 50 meter, 10-lane pool, a leisure pool with a waterslide and hot tub spa, a 10,000 sq. ft. gymnasium and a rock climbing wall. The 357 acre park also includes 11 miles of hiking trails, two fishing ponds, and picnic pavilions.
Potomack Lakes Sportsplex
Sports: softball, soccer
The Potomack Lakes Sportsplex is a 47-acre athletic complex with softball and soccer fields, as well as a large playground, picnic pavilion, concession kiosk and rest rooms. The complex also includes a maintenance building and meeting room. The facility hosts athletic contests from March until November, which include county adult softball and soccer leagues and youth soccer. The complex hosts up to 29 local, state, regional and national tournaments annually. The Sportsplex has won numerous National awards including the 2007 ISA Softball Complex of the Year Award. All fields contain lights and parking is available.
Sports: soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, ultimate frisbee, gaelic football, equestrian
The Athletic Field Complex at Morven sits on 19 acres of land and is the home to many sports disciplines including soccer, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, and Gaelic football. The International Equestrian Center also regularly hosts hunter/jumper competitions, dressage shows, carriage driving, and their twice-annual Horse Trials. Located on the northern edge of Leesburg, Morven Park was once home of Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis. Morven Park is a 1,000-acre estate in Leesburg, Va. In between games, check out the Morven Park Mansion and Winmill Carriage Museum. Bringing in over 250,000 guests per year, Morven Park is so much more than just a sports facility.
Sports: soccer, flag football, football, field hockey
The 44 acre complex features four FIFA One Star certification turf fields, which are the only privately owned fields with this accreditation in the United States. Since opening in October 2013, the facility has become very popular among many sports groups. Evergreen is the home of the FC Virginia soccer club, Potomac Field Hockey, Virginia Extreme Flag Football, Virginia Chargers football and various other adult leagues, youth camps and tournaments. The Evergreen Sportsplex includes The Champion Field Pavilion is a 24,000 square foot, three-level pavilion scheduled to open in late November 2017. Adjacent to the championship field, the pavilion features a lower level locker room and field entrance, a full service concession area and an upper level executive viewing area. The pavilion seats up to 2,000 spectators and includes 1,000 sq. ft. enclosed VIP viewing area/multi-purpose room on the third level with views of all four turf fields. The zip-line/ropes adventure course is another feature of the facility. The course was designed to be an environmentally friendly, low impact, exciting participatory activity that will complement all of the other attractions at Evergreen Sportsplex.
Loudoun Sports Park
Sports: soccer, lacrosse, cricket
Since the grand opening in September 2012, Loudoun Sports Park has been home to Loudoun Soccer, Virginia’s largest youth soccer association. The facility features two all-weather Field Turf Revolution artificial fields providing a superior playing surface for all seasons and one small sided grass field for practice. The park also features a 5,000 square foot office and clubhouse with a media room, laundry facilities and dual fireplaces. The complex has hosted a variety of sports in addition to soccer including lacrosse and cricket. All fields have lights for night games and the park offers plenty of parking.
Ashburn Ice House
Sports: hockey, skating
The Ashburn Ice House is one of the top ice rinks in the Mid-Atlantic Region and serves as the host venue to many of the area’s top hockey and figure skating events including high school, club and college hockey tournaments and league championships. The venue – which consists of two NHL-size ice surfaces—offers spectator seating for 600 in each of its two identical rink zones. In 2016, Ashburn Ice House served as the host site for the US Hockey High School National Championships and the US Figure Skating South Atlantic Regional Championships. Ashburn Ice House contains a pro shop, event space, concessions and restrooms. There is even a strength and fitness center in the Ice House.
ION International Training Center
Sports: hockey, skating
The 85,000-square- foot, $19.5 million ION International Training Center is anticipated to open in mid 2018 and will initially feature two National Hockey League size sheets of ice. The two-story building also will include a full-service gym, cafe, pro shop, medical room and hockey training room, among other amenities. The NHL-sized rink’s multifunctional floor will be accessible for non-ice-related sporting events, school graduations, community events and concerts. It will be encircled by 4,000 seats. The center, with nearly 1,000 parking spaces and room to expand to four ice sheets, will encompass roughly 13 acres at The Peterson Cos.’ 450-acre Compass Creek development next to Leesburg Executive Airport.
How to Get There
One of the best parts of Loudon, Va. is its accessibility. Anyone in the nation, or even the world, can get here in a one or two step process. Given its immense and versatile sporting options and its endless entertainment choices, there’s no reason not to come here!
By Car: Given that there are a myriad of highways leading into the metro-D.C. area, all of the following states can reach Loudoun in a day’s worth of driving: Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Coming from north or south, take Interstate 95 into D.C. then Highway 267 into Loudoun County.
By Air: Dulles International Airport can be reached by any airport in the United States in less than six hours. Once you’ve landed in Dulles International, a roughly 45 minute car ride will bring you to Loudoun County.