Anyone who has planned a sporting event knows how difficult it is to find the ideal venue to host it. From selecting the right sports facility to choosing the optimal hotel, planning an event is a daunting task, but there is no need to worry. The pressure of finding the perfect destination is off because Marlborough, Massachusetts has it all.
Located off of three major highways, the “Crossroads of New England” is easy to reach. This thriving historic city is home to multiple sports facilities and the largest hotel market outside of Boston. Blessed with natural beauty, diverse dining options and a variety of extracurricular attractions, Marlborough is the ideal place to host your next event. Whether you are planning a weekend trip or a weeklong adventure, Marlborough has a great selection of sports facilities and a diverse choice of downtime diversions.
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New England Sports Center
Sports: Hockey and ice skating
This indoor facility is home to six full-sized rinks, with two more being built in fall 2017 and one studio rink making it the largest indoor skating venue in North America with 218,000 square feet of rink space. New England Sports Center also has an impressive number of heated viewing areas totaling 35,000 square feet, and if you are looking for something to eat, the Starlight Grille serves breakfast all day and lunch or dinner starting after 11 a.m. The rink is also home to a pro shop if you are in need of equipment. Another highlight of the facility is the Arcade, featuring multiple games for hours of entertainment.
Sports: Soccer, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, futsal, pickleball, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, flag football, baseball, softball and golf
This multi-sport facility is New England’s first indoor and outdoor sports complex. The indoor Megaplex building is 135,000 square feet and houses seven indoor sports fields, which feature state-of-the-art synthetic-grass turf, artificial non-rubber infill turf surface and Olympic-quality Taraflex gym court/futsal courts. The complex also has two outdoor synthetic-grass turf fields of 115 x 65 yards, which are fully lighted. The outdoor fields are lined for two 8 v 8 soccer fields or four 6 v 6 soccer fields. The complex is also home to an eight-bay indoor golf driving range and a new weight room cardio and strength fitness center. There are multiple food options and conference/meeting rooms available onsite that can accommodate up to 300 people. For any equipment needs, the pro shop is fully stocked with golf, soccer and lacrosse equipment.
Williams Street Baseball Fields
The home of the Marlborough Youth Baseball Association and the host of the weeklong Cal Ripken New England Regional Tournament, this facility has three baseball fields, two batting cages and two fully enclosed bullpens. There are a concession stand and restroom facilities.
Special Olympics of Massachusetts
Special Olympics of Massachusetts is home to the Yawkey Sports Training Center, a 25,000-square-foot office and training facility. The center houses one full-sized gymnasium and a 40 x 30 yard soccer field. The Yawkey Sports Training Center holds multiple sports competitions and gives training in 26 different sports. The center is also home to two multipurpose conference rooms, computer training facilities, supply/storage areas and a Hall of Fame featuring generations of past athletic accomplishments and volunteer efforts.
All-Star Sports Academy
This indoor baseball/softball facility is equipped with six retractable batting cages. When the cages are retracted, the floor is available for groundball training or outfield drills. The facility has an 18- foot-long ceiling, two 66-foot-long tunnels, and four 87-foot-long tunnels. Teams can also rent a Hack Attack pitching machine with ball feeder, an ATEC softball pitching machine and a youth or senior pitching mound. The facility is equipped with a small seating area for parents that offers TV and free Wi-Fi. It is the official training facility of USA Softball.
Marlborough Country Club
The Marlborough Country Club is home to a semi-private, 18-hole golf course and 6,435 square feet of dining and function space. The club has hosted events such as the Senior PGA Tour The Marlborough Classic. The club has five different reception venues that can hold anywhere from 60 to 100 people and the Eastside Grille for lunch and dinner service. Public play golf is available on Mondays and Tuesdays for non-members. The club also has a pro shop.
Marlborough Parks & Recreation
Sports: Softball/baseball, volleyball, basketball, skateboarding, football, soccer, tennis and walking/running
Marlborough Parks & Recreation offers more than 30 fields and courts for your tournament needs. One of the larger facilities is Ghiloni Park, which is home to a fully lighted softball field, two multipurpose fields, a sand volleyball court, two basketball courts, a walking track, a skate park and a children’s playground. Ward Park has two basketball courts, a multipurpose field, a tennis/street hockey court, a half-pipe skate ramp, wading pool, walking path and a children’s playground.
- Conveniently located at the crossroads of New England just 30 miles west of Boston, 35 miles to New Hampshire, 45 miles to Providence, Rhode Island, and at the intersection of major highways such as Route 20, I-90, I-495 and I-290.
- Largest concentration of hotel rooms outside of Greater Boston with 11 hotels, totaling 1,898 guest rooms.
- Both the City of Marlborough and Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) work closely with our hotels, restaurants and sports facilities to ensure that each visitor has an exceptional experience.
- Over 60 restaurants representing a vast cultural mix
- Home to Apex Center of New England – 475,000 square feet of custom-designed entertainment, Hyatt and Marriott hotels, six restaurants, retail stores and office facilities (Currently under construction for fall 2017).
- Home to New England Sports Center, largest indoor skating facility in North America with over 218,000 square feet of rink space.
- Home to Special Olympics of Massachusetts headquarters, with year-round sports training and athletic competitions.
Things to do in Marlborough
While some athletes eat, sleep and breathe their sport, there is always going to be some free time that needs to be filled, and as the event planner, you are in charge of helping fill that time. Having a healthy balance of competition time and extracurricular activities is the key to a successful event. Finding activities to please varying tastes can be challenging, but Marlborough is up to the task.
Marlborough has a variety of entertainment sure to please everyone in your group. With a multitude of dining options from barbecue at Firefly’s BBQ to seafood and jazz at Allora Ristorante, your group members are sure to find food that pleases their palates. Anyone interested in theater can go see a show at the Ghost Light Players of Metro West. Those looking for adventure can visit one of the area’s many nature trails. Ride your bike at Assabet Rail Trail/Bike Path or go bird watching at Cider Knoll Conservation Land. Visit Marlborough’s recently renovated, public Memorial Beach for beautiful beaches, kids playgrounds, basketball courts and much more. Home to the only fashion-oriented mall in the second-largest metro-trade area in New England, the Solomon Pond Mall hosts 120 stores, exciting dining options and a 15-screen Regal Cinemas. Ride with ease to and from our sports facilities with Zagster, Marlborough’s new bike sharing program conveniently located at five different locations throughout the city. Visit Marlborough’s Downtown Cultural District with activities from farmers markets, summer concert series and the historic John Brown Bell in the Union Common, as well as a highly anticipated Brewpub coming soon, next to Marlborough’s iconic Walker Building. Visit Trombetta’s Farm for year-round indoor mini golf and homemade ice cream. Make a trip to Wayside Country Store for an “Old Country” experience with a general store that has unique nostalgic gifts, collectables, candy and every bit of colonial America. Whatever activity your group is interested in, Marlborough has it.
How to Get to Marlborough
Centrally located in the middle of Massachusetts, Marlborough is easy to find. With Boston a mere 30 miles away, getting to Marlborough couldn’t be any easier.
By Car: Marlborough is 30 miles out from Boston, 35 miles from New Hampshire and 45 miles from Providence, Rhode Island. Nicknamed the “Crossroads of New England”, Marlborough sits at the intersections of Routes 20, I-495, I-290 and I-90 for easy access from any direction.
By Air: Boston Logan International Airport is located 30 miles from Marlborough. Delta, Southwest, American, United and JetBlue airlines all service the airport.
Everyone talks about how great our location is. Marlborough is at a main intersection, connecting all of New England. The city is uniquely positioned to support and connect all business and maximize the region’s assets with its location.
–Mary Simone, General Manager-Courtyard Marriott