Hampton: The Center of Sports in Virginia

The city offers a variety of fun activities to go with state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Hampton University’s Armstrong Stadium can host a variety of sporting events including track & field.

Hampton has great weather, a premier location on the Atlantic coast and a rich love of sports. Not convinced the people of this Virginia city enjoy good competition? The region has its own Hall of Fame—the Athletic Hall of Fame of Lower Peninsula recognizes the athletic achievements of competitors from Hampton and the surrounding region. The Hall is located in Boo Williams Sportsplex, an elite venue that boasts eight basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, an indoor track and a variety of other event friendly features. Impressive in its own right, Boo Williams is not the only valuable complex in the area: Hampton Coliseum regularly holds amateur and professional events, along with concerts and family entertainment; the Hampton Roads Convention Center hosts an array of athletic competition; War Memorial Stadium is home field to Coastal Plain baseball team the Peninsula Pilots; and the spectacular excitement of NASCAR short track racing can be experienced at Langley Speedway April through October. Regardless of the sport or event size, whether indoor or on the water, planners will be excited with Hampton’s top-notch venues and customer service.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • VA Duals National Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Hampton Coliseum (January 11-12, 2019)
  • Mid-Atlantic Power League Volleyball Tournament at Hampton Roads Convention Center & Boo Williams Sportsplex (January 25-27, 2019)
  • Nike Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament at Hampton Roads Convention Center  & Boo Williams Sportsplex (April 26-28, 2019)
  • Virginia USAG Xcel State Meet at Hampton Roads Convention Center (May 17-19, 2019)
  • Crawlin’ Crab ½ Marathon & 5K (October 4-6, 2019)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

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

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The Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton Roads Convention Center

The Hampton Roads Convention Center, boasting 35 meeting spaces with the capacity for up to 14,000 delegates, as well as a 102,600-square-foot exhibit hall (divisible by three), is the perfect venue for any indoor athletic event. The center is supported by over 2,000 hotel rooms in close proximity, including the Embassy Suites host hotel. It has 2,200 parking spaces, 11 loading dock bays and three concession stands. Other features include data ports in all meeting rooms/exhibit hall, connectivity throughout the pre-function areas and LCD computer monitors.

Sports: Aerobics, basketball, body building, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, team handball, martial arts, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, cheerleading, archery, field hockey, volleyball

Boo Williams Sportsplex

Boo Williams Sportsplex

The 135,000-square-foot, $13.5-million Boo Williams Sportsplex is specifically designed for amateur sporting competition. Accommodating such athletic events as basketball, indoor field hockey and volleyball, the center boasts eight hard-wood basketball courts and retractable bleacher seating for 4,000 (6,000 with perimeter seating) attendees. It includes eight tournament play basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track and two training rooms. A 4,238-square-foot concession area is available as well as 64,000- and 31,000-square-foot playing pavilions. Sized for high school competitions, each court measures 84’x 50’. Additional features include a community room, fitness facility, and dedicated meeting room and event operations center.

Sports: Aerobics, basketball, volleyball, field hockey, body building, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, team handball, martial arts, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, cheerleading

Hampton Coliseum

Hampton VA 5- Hampton Coliseum

One of the most recognizable architectural jewels in all of Hampton Roads, the Hampton Coliseum is set on 75 acres of landscaped parkland. Former home to the Virginia Squires basketball team, the arena has hosted a plethora of world-class sporting events and concerts in its 46-year existence. The Coliseum holds a 26,263-square-foot arena floor, 3,200 parking spaces, 10 Xenon Super Trooper Lights and a fully equipped sound system. The stadium is perfect for sports such as wrestling, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics. Venue amenities include four team dressing rooms, two officials’ rooms, box office with nine ticket windows, press room, first aid room and eight concession stands. The adjacent Hampton Roads Convention Center adds extra flexibility.

Sports: Aerobics, basketball, body building, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, team handball, judo, karate, taekwondo, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, cheerleading, archery

Hampton University’s Armstrong Stadium

Home to the Hampton University Pirates football team, Armstrong Stadium has hosted the NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships as well as numerous Division I conference championships and competitions. The stadium seats 12,000 spectators and is easily equipped to handle such outdoor sporting events as archery, football, rugby, and track and field. Amenities include dressing rooms, coaches boxes, press room and three concession stands. It features one lighted field, an eight-lane track, state-of-the-art sound system, a press box and 2,000 parking spaces.

Sports: Archery, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, track & field

Hampton University Convocation Center

Hampton-University-Convocation-Center

The center boasts a 14,112-square-foot exhibition floor and ample stadium seating for 7,200 attendees. Features include one court, a state-of-the-art sound system, wireless internet, 2,000 parking spaces and a loading ramp with a mechanical loading dock. Other amenities include a press room, two meeting rooms, dressing rooms and two concession stands.

Sports: Aerobics, basketball, body building, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, team handball, martial arts, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, cheerleading, archery

War Memorial Stadium

War-Memorial-Stadium

War Memorial Stadium is home to the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League, which features the top collegiate baseball talent from across the United States. Accommodating 5,125 attendees, it is one of the few all-wooden ballparks remaining and features a state-of-the-art video/scoreboard, a state-of-the-art field lighting system, 17 patio-style corporate boxes and a picnic area with a full-service Tiki Bar. It has an eight-foot outer wall height, 335-foot left field, 402-foot center field and 335-foot right field.

Sports: Baseball

Hampton’s Beaches

You’ll find yourself going for the sports and staying for the sunshine at any of Hampton’s world-class beaches. Buckroe Beach & Park has a lot to offer, with nearly a mile of beach grounds. Here, you can soak up the sun on paddleboats or kayaks, beach volleyball courts or bike trails. Teams can rent picnic shelters and attend live performances at the stage pavilion in the evening. Outlook Beach, known as Fort Monroe’s public beach, is another fantastic option. Visitors will have access to scenic views of the water from all angles and beaches that stretch for miles. If fishing is your goal, then the James T Wilson Fishing Pier is the place to be. This 475-acre preserve covering the Chesapeake Bay is filled with diverse wetlands such as creeks, marshes, and waterways for fishing. All participants need a license in order to hit the waters.

Sports: Beach rugby, beach wrestling, beach volleyball, sand soccer, biking, dancing, fishing, kayaking, sand soccer, swimming, triathlon

Darling Stadium

Darling Stadium

Darling has been home to a number of state and regional athletic events and competitions. This state-of-the art stadium can accommodate archery, football, field hockey, rugby, soccer, and track and field. It features seating for 8,000 spectators, an eight-lane track, a lighted field, two concession stands and is readily equipped for television and radio broadcasts.

Sports: Archery, football, field hockey, rugby, soccer, track & field

Things to do in Hampton

The city of Hampton is on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, meaning a day on the water is always an option. And after a tough game or grueling match, what better way to relax than kicking back at one of Hampton’s top spots, like Buckroe Beach or Outlook Beach. Beyond the bay, there is a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as golf at one of two challenging 18-hole courses or a game of tennis at the Hampton Tennis Center. Woodland Skatepark offers ramps for skateboarders, bikers and in-line skaters, while the Hampton Carousel provides a unique opportunity for fun on the downtown waterfront. The carousel, built in 1920, is one of only 100 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the United States. Discover a world of imagination and fun at the Virginia Air & Space Center. The world-class science and learning facility, and official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center, immerses guests into a full-throttle space and aviation experience. Peninsula Town Center (PTC) offers teams plenty of dining and retail options within a short distance of several athletic venues, with over 70 specialty retailers and a large variety of restaurants. Peninsula Movie Bistro, PTC’s state-of-the-art movie theater, provides bowling and billiards as well.

Planner Perspective

Hampton, Virginia has been a great location to hold the annual kick-off event for the Mid-Atlantic Power League. MAPL Hampton is a select volleyball tournament for some of the top club volleyball teams in the Mid-Atlantic states (North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey). With plenty of hotels and restaurants close to the venues, as well as the support from Sports Hampton, Hampton Roads Convention Center, Boo Williams Sportsplex, and the Sheriff’s Office, this tournament has become a favorite for players and staff alike.

MAPL Hampton: Chuck McCracken (Tournament Director)

The City of Hampton, and Fort Monroe in particular, allow an almost perfect location to hold an inboard hydroplane race. Mill Creek is a protected body of water that lends itself to record setting possibilities. Thanks to the tremendous support we have received over the years from Sports Hampton and the City, the Hampton Cup Regatta is one of the oldest and most successful races in the United States.

Hampton Cup Regatta: Lisa Hearn Adkins (President, Chairman/Race Director)

How to Get to Hampton

By Car: Served by Interstate 64, Hampton is three hours from Washington, DC; three hours from Raleigh, North Carolina; four hours from Baltimore; five hours from Philadelphia; and eight hours from New York.

By Air: Hampton is serviced by two major airports, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF). Airlines serving PHF include American and Delta. Airlines serving ORF include American, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United.

Contact Information

Company Name: Sports Hampton, a division of Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau

Sports Sales Manager: Brooks Hierstein, CSEE

Title: Senior Group Sales Manager

Telephone: 757-728-5315

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Hampton: The Center of Sports in Virginia
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The city offers a variety of fun activities to go with state-of-the-art sports facilities.
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