A Home Run for Sporting Events in the Sunshine State

With year-round sunny, ideal weather and state-of-the-art sports facilities, look no further than Central Florida for your next sporting event.

2017 Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida. Photo by Mark Cunningham

Why choose Central Florida’s Polk County?

Planning a sporting event can be an overwhelming task. Coaches must take into consideration not only the sports facilities a city or region offers, but also what spectators and family members can enjoy when taking a break from games and practices. Central Florida’s Polk County is an ideal place for sporting events with top-notch facilities, and provides visitors with a unique and enjoyable experience in their downtime. Central Florida Sports Marketing makes planning easy, and provides coaches and visitors assistance every step of the way. Besides an abundance of tourist attractions in popular destinations throughout the region, Central Florida’s Polk County also provides adventurous experiences in its wonderful natural parks, preserves and trails. No matter what type of experience you’re looking for, Central Florida’s Polk County is sure to please anyone who visits.

An abundance of attractions and activities

Central Florida’s Polk County has plenty of attractions, activities, accommodations, shopping and delicious dining options. If choosing one of Winter Haven’s sports complexes for your next event, a trip to Legoland Florida Resort is a must. The 150-acre interactive theme park features beautiful botanic gardens, more than 50 rides, shows, attractions restaurants and shops. Take a walk on the wild side at Safari Wilderness, located in Lakeland. This one-of-a-kind safari adventure indulges visitors in immersive natural landscapes with the chance to witness close-up encounters with a variety of wildlife. If seeking an educational experience, the Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture collection at Florida Southern College was once voted by The Princeton Review as “The Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation,” and is a National Historic Landmark. To experience some of Polk County’s most breathtaking natural beauty, visit Lake Wales Ridge, Floodplain Swamps, Wet Prairie and Scrubby Flatwoods. Central Florida’s Polk County is also home to several hidden hikes, including Lakeland Highlands Scrub, Crooked Lake Sandhill and Tiger Creek Preserve. 

Let us connect you with Visit Central Florida’s Polk County

Marc Zimmerman

Senior Sales and Events Manager

Phone: 863-551-4726

Website: www.centralfloridasports.com


X-Factors

  • Venue location and selection
  • Event marketing
  • Logistical support
  • Volunteer recruitment
  •  LOC creation
  • Event sponsorships
  • Event preparation
  • Radio promotions
  • Television promotions
  • Event management

Facilities

Lake Myrtle Sports ComplexLake Myrtle Sports Complex

Sports: Soccer, baseball, cross country, cycling

Fully-equipped soccer and baseball fields and winding bike trails leading through Polk County’s historic downtowns make this facility ideal for traveling sports teams. Lake Myrtle Sports Complex’s 11 soccer fields are fully irrigated, lighted and sodded with type 419 Bermuda grass on playing surfaces. With an electronic scoreboard and seating for 1,000 spectators, the stadium field is great for larger games. Each field is manicured daily, and the premise provides two main concession stands with bathrooms, a meeting space for events and five pavilions throughout the soccer complex. The complex also provides nine baseball fields, including a main stadium field. The fields are well lit, fully irrigated and include electronic scoreboards and covered scorers’ areas. Oversized dugouts, home and visitor bullpens and an assigned batting cage area make teams feel like they’re playing on professional grounds. Large enough to seat 500 spectators, the fields also provide covered bleachers, one main concession area with bathrooms and more than 1,000 parking spots throughout the complex for both baseball and soccer. The 5.5-mile paved, multi-use TECO Auburndale Trail takes cross country runners and cyclists alike through fragrant orange groves, cool forests and cozy communities.

RP Funding CenterLakeland Center Jenkins Arena

Sports: Soccer, football, basketball, hockey, martial arts

Since 1974, RP Funding Center in Lakeland has been the leading convention and entertainment complex in Polk County. Currently home to the Florida Tropics SC of the Major Arena Soccer League, the center will soon be home to Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic’s affiliate in the NBA G League. With such household names, this multi-use complex provides sports teams with a professional, big league experience. As the only multi-purpose facility in Polk County with four distinct venues, RP Funding Center includes the nearly 10,000-seat George Jenkins Arena, 2,296-seat Youkey Theatre, 28,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall and the 34,000-square-foot Conference Center. With 100,000-square-feet of meeting and exhibition space, the center provides teams with indoor soccer and football fields, basketball courts and an ice skating rink open to the public in winter months. Centrally located, the facility is conveniently situated within walking distance of downtown Lakeland’s premier shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities.

Winter Haven FieldhouseProposed Winter Haven Fieldhouse

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, martial arts

The newly proposed field house located within Winter Haven’s Chain O’ Lakes Complex is expected to have a 2019 completion date, and will provide sports teams with a strategically renovated, state of the art sporting facility. The new field house will be approximately 99,900-square-feet, and include 12 volleyball and six basketball courts, which will presumably become the training space for Lakeland Magic, Polk County’s professional basketball team of the NBA G League. The development will also include improved access to theatre and rental spaces and 545 parking spaces. Six professional baseball fields and an Olympic size swimming pool are also on site.

Winter Haven DiamondPlex Softball ComplexDiamondplex

Sports: Softball, youth baseball

Since 1998, DiamondPlex’s award-winning complex has been home to adult and youth amateur softball tournaments, with unique features including red, crushed limestone warning tracks, modern lighting, bleachers seating 1,200 spectators and equipped scoreboards with game clocks. Permanently housing the Polk State College Women’s Softball Team, the facility includes four 300-foot fields and one 210-foot field, with batting cages, bullpens, locker rooms and showers. Other unique features include meeting facilities, a playground and a press room.

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Sports: Baseball

Known as the spring training home for the Detroit Tigers and the regular season home for the minor league affiliates Lakeland Flying Tigers and Gulf Coast Tigers, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland underwent tremendous renovations before the 2017 season. It was recently deemed the winner in the third-annual Minor League Baseball Best of the Ballparks 2017 fan vote from Ballpark Digest. A family-friendly atmosphere, the stadium seats 8,500 spectators, and has concession stands, restrooms and accessible wheelchair seating. The stadium also features an HD video board and scoreboard, children’s playground, clubhouse, weight room, minor league and practice fields, rehabilitation facilities, a dormitory and cafeteria.

How can my team get to Central Florida’s Polk County?

As a popular tourist destination, getting to sunny, Central Florida’s Polk County is made easy by its numerous transportation options. Whether traveling by air, car or train, you’re guaranteed to find a travel option that will get you to your Polk County sporting event.

By Air: Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport are excellent ways to reach Central Florida’s Polk County. The region also has various, smaller airports which can possibly get you closer to your Polk County sporting event.

By Car: If traveling by car, I-95 and I-75 both run north-south. From there, you’ll have to use I-4, which travels East and West, to reach the various areas of the Central Florida’s Polk County region.

 

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A Home Run for Sporting Events in the Sunshine State
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