With 35 miles of beaches, miles of natural trails and numerous parks, Virginia Beach is primed for recreational activity and athletic events. Sports planners will find not only a variety of high-quality sports venues and thousands of affordable hotel rooms in Virginia Beach, but also an energetic and passionate community that loves living actively and embraces all kinds of sports events.
Centrally located on the East Coast, Virginia Beach is easy to get to from most regions of the country, making it a perfect spot for sports tournaments. Its convenient location, along with its plentiful activities and affordable accommodations, only add to this city’s appeal, which is why so many sports organizers choose to host their sports events in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach has an impressive portfolio of sports events it has held. There have been large events with up to 20,000 attendees—such as the NHSCA National Wrestling Tournament—to small tournaments of as little as 500 people—such as the Brine Sun & Surf Lacrosse competition or Neptune Soccer Tournament.
With all these kinds of events, Virginia Beach clearly has the amenities to host a wide range of sports tournaments. In fact, there are over 35 multi-purpose fields, 58 tennis courts, 12 softball fields, eight volleyball courts and four indoor basketball courts, among others.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
The convention center features a 150,000-square-foot, column-free exhibit hall. It has hosted the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships and the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Championships.
Virginia Beach Sportsplex
This state-of-the-art complex can accommodate a number of field events, and plays host to the Virginia Rush Soccer Club and Virginia Beach Piranhas W-League Soccer Team. The venue has bleacher and berm seating for 6,000 spectators.
Virginia Beach Field House
A recent addition to the city, the new 175,000-square-foot Field House features eight regulation volleyball/basketball courts, four indoor soccer fields, an arcade and an indoor Fun Zone.
USA Field Hockey National Training Center at Virginia Beach
The facility includes two artificial, competition-quality turf fields, each with its own irrigation system. It regularly hosts national and international tournaments featuring the USA National Field Hockey Team. In June 2012, it held the finals of the U.S./Argentina Field Hockey Series.
Hampton Roads Soccer Complex
This soccer venue features 75 acres of green fields and goalposts and accommodates more than 50,000 players each year. It has 19 grass turf fields of varying sizes to cater to a mixture of youth and adult soccer leagues.
Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club
The largest tennis facility in the region, the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club has been newly renovated and features 90,000 square feet of indoor tennis and fitness facilities. It has 10 deco turf indoor courts, 30 outdoor courts, a health club and fitness center, a junior Olympic pool, restaurant, lounge and pro shop.
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
This sports venue features 14 practice courts, including indoor ones, and is the headquarters for all park-sponsored tennis tournaments.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The oceanfront includes 13 miles of public access beach and a three-mile boardwalk. Annual events held here include the North American Sand Soccer Championships, East Coast Surfing Championships, Sandman Triathlon and the Shamrock Marathon. It is also a great place for a game of beach volleyball or to catch a few waves.
Attractions & Accommodations
When teams aren’t competing and they have a little downtime, Virginia Beach provides a plethora of attractions they can experience. With its sprawling beachfront, Virginia Beach is an aquatic paradise with relaxing beaches, boat tours, parasailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and surfing.
Virginia Beach has over 4,000 acres of parks and national refuges, giving visitors plenty of natural beauty to explore, either on foot, bike or kayak.
Virginia Beach also has a colonial history that any history buff can appreciate. Visitors can check out the lighthouses of Cape Henry or see where settlers first stepped at First Landing State Park. The cultural vibe can be felt in the many visual arts, comedy shows, musical concerts and performing arts that take place in Virginia Beach year-round. For shopping, dining and entertainment, be sure to visit the Town Center of Virginia Beach, which covers 17 blocks.
Getting Here & Getting Around
Virginia Beach is within a day’s drive for more than half of the U.S. population and can easily be reached by car or plane and even train. It is just 15 minutes from Norfolk International Airport, which is served by all the major airlines. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is located just 45 minutes away, the Amtrak station 15 minutes away.
The sports marketing staff at staff at the Virginia Beach CVB offers a high level of service that lets sports planners focus on their goals and create a successful event. The team provides personalized site inspections, coordinates proposals and hotel room blocks, and assists with housing needs. They also recruit and coordinate volunteers for all aspects of the event, from registration to welcome crews to clean-up. The marketing team will also create attendance-building materials such as dining guides, destination information, welcome signage and collateral pieces. Each event will have a full-time manager to help with all the little details of the tournament, so planners, coaches, teams and visitors can thoroughly enjoy their time in Virginia Beach. Check out the Virginia Beach Sports Planner Guide online.
Virginia Beach has an impressive track record when it comes to hosting sports events, and it is eager to welcome more tournaments in the future. So whether you’re interested in holding an elite surfing competition, an indoor soccer tournament, a major tennis match or a large foot race, Virginia Beach is the place to go. It has the facilities, the accommodations, the attractions and the service you need to make your sports event a success. So get in the game in Virginia Beach.