For sports planners faced with a myriad of options when it comes to picking their next event location, it can be daunting to select a city that offers just what you and your athletes are looking for. State-of-the-art facilities, a range of entertainment options, and affordability may all come to mind and play a role in your decision. Fortunately, Midland, Texas fits the bill of a great town that has made a name for itself in the sports world. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the major Texas cities, Midland offers plenty of advantages when it comes to planning, logistics, and fun. And with the knowledgeable staff at VisitMidland on your team, you can be sure you’re set up for success even before arriving.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- 2018 USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships at COM Aquatics (July 31-August 4, 2018)
- 2018 Texas League All Star Game at Security Bank Ball Park (June 26, 2018)
- Ultimate Calf Roping Finals at Midland County Horseshoe (August 10-12, 2018)
- USTA Texas 2018 Challenger at Bush Tennis Center (July 7-8, 2018)
- BMX State Race Qualifier at West Texas BMX Track at Reyes Mashburn Nelms Park (June 1-3, 2018)
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- Bush Tennis Center
- COM Aquatics
- Grande Communications Stadium at Scharbauer Sports Complex
- Security Bank Ballpark at Scharbauer Sports Complex
- Midland County Horseshoe Arena, Pavilion & Amphitheater
- Freddie Ezell Softball Complex at Ulmer Park
- West Texas BMX Track at Reyes Mashburn Nelms Park
Bush Tennis Center
For tennis in Midland, look no further than the impressive Bush Tennis Center, with its 18 full-size courts, eight mini courts, and one lighted stadium court. At present, the Bush Tennis Center has played host to such events as the 2019 USTA Texas Junior Team Tennis Spring Section Championship, Best of the West Weekend 2018, USTA, the Valor Farm Eagles & Aces Challenge, and the Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships, and is on course to not only serve as a premier tennis destination in the state of Texas, but also across the entire U.S. Designed with both athletes and fans in mind, this is truly a sports planner’s dream come true – whether the plan is a match, tournament or other event. The center is set for upcoming expansion, which will make it the second largest tennis center in the world, with over 60 courts including outdoor covered and indoor clay courts.
When you enter the beautiful COM Aquatics center, it’s clear this was a venue built with events in mind. COM’s newest addition is the FMH Foundation Natatorium, which opened in 2016. It features an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool along with a 25-yard lap pool, spectator seating, separate bathrooms for athletes and spectators, two gyms, and plenty of meeting space. The complex is also home to a world-class diving facility, featuring one and three-meter springboards and five, seven, and 10-meter platforms. Since this is one of the state’s premier swimming and diving venues, it has played host to such events as the 2019 USA Diving Zone F Championships, 2018 Southern Zone Age Group Championships, the Ortolff Top Fin Invitational 2017, and the 2017 Texas Swimming Associations All-Star Camp.
Sports: Swimming, diving
Grande Communications Stadium at Scharbauer Sports Complex
You might be surprised to learn that Grande Communications Stadium is home to various high school leagues – despite looking like it’s straight out of the NFL. This is a testament to the passion that Midland residents have for high school football, and the importance it plays in so many Texas communities. The stadium is a 15,000-seat (18,000 capacity) venue that can accommodate both football and soccer games, and has hosted events such as the annual Texas Tech University Spring Scrimmage, University of Texas of the Permian Basin Football, the West Texas United Sockers, and high school football playoffs. This stunning venue is sure to make your athletes feel like they’re a part of something big.
Sports: Football, soccer
Security Bank Ballpark at Scharbauer Sports Complex
Minor league action calls the Security Bank Ballpark home, with Midland RockHounds games known as a highlight of baseball season for local fans. Sports planners can also take advantage of this venue for tournaments and games, as it was home to the 2018 Texas League All Star Game and is host of a variety of events throughout the season. The stadium can seat over 4,700 people, with grass berm areas for ground seating bringing the capacity to over 6,600. Inside you’ll find concessions, a restaurant, 22 luxury suites, and the ProPetro Diamond Club which is perfect for hosting special events before or after tournaments.
Midland County Horseshoe Arena, Pavilion & Amphitheater
This award-winning venue has hosted over 1,600 events since its debut in the Midland community in 2006. From equestrian events to volleyball tournaments to the Midland County Fair, the Horseshoe Arena can seat over 180,000 people each year walk through its doors, so you can rest assured that this is truly one of Midland’s finest event facilities. Inside, there is capacity for events of up to 6,800 people, along with food and beverage options, horse stall rental, plenty of parking, and a dedicated event staff to help you execute the perfect event. Whether you’re looking to host a volleyball tournament, a dance competition, or a show jumping event – this popular venue is sure to impress athletes and fans alike.
Sports: Equestrian events, volleyball, various sporting events
Freddie Ezell Softball Complex at Ulmer Park
The sport of softball is big in Midland, and thanks to the Freddie Ezell Softball Complex, it has become a community event that has shaped the lives of many young athletes. For a softball event in Midland, you don’t have to look further than this 9-field complex spread across 26 acres. All fields are lighted, with a total seating capacity of 300, and restrooms and two concessions stands are on site. Thanks to its stellar reputation as an event host, the complex is regularly home to local, state, and even national events, having recently hosted a variety of events and groups including the USA Softball West Texas All-Star Tournament, West Texas Classic Softball Tournament, Midland United Girls Softball, and the Midland Super Dual GSL & USSA Qualifier 2017.
West Texas BMX Track at Reyes Mashburn Nelms Park
For avid racers, the West Texas BMX Track is a sight to behold. Built solely by volunteers, including a professional track builder known internationally for his craftsmanship, this is truly a community track and a place where excitement is high all year around. The venue is sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association, which allows it to play host to major regional and statewide events. Some of the most notable to take place recently include the 2019 Gold Cup, West Texas BMX Races and the BMX State Race Qualifier 2018. With a variety of jumps, turns, and angles, this track has been a welcome addition to the Midland community since it opened over eight years ago, and is sure to continue attracting talent both locally and from across the country.
Things to do in Midland
Midland offers visitors a taste of Texas that’s unique. The small-town feel offers a great sense of community, and there are plenty of cultural, historical, culinary, and outdoor activities to take part in year around. For sports planners who understand the value of planning fun entertainment options, Midland has you covered. And you can be sure that the welcoming, enthusiastic sports scene carries over into all aspects of daily life.
If you’re in Midland, you can’t help but notice the impact the oil industry has had on the local economy and industry. A visit to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of the local oil and gas industry through exhibits highlighting geology from the Permian period, race cars designed by Jim Hall at the Chaparral Race Car Gallery, and a variety of wonderful paintings by Tom Lovell. On the outdoor grounds of the museum, visitors will have a chance to view the Museum’s 40-acre Oil Patch. An area of drilling rigs and related equipment that is the largest collection of its type in the world.
For more insight into the region, don’t miss out on a visit to the Museum of the Southwest & Blakemore Planetarium, where curiosity spurs learning in all ages and interests. The museum is home to a children’s museum, sculpture garden, art museum, and more, all of which inspire discovery and exploration of art, science, culture, and history. A great way to cap off a visit to Midland or to kick off your visit! The museum also houses the Blakemore Planetarium, which features a giant dome projector and permanent exhibition area that is out of this world. During the 1950s former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush called Midland home, residing in a house on Ohio Avenue that has now been dedicated as a museum and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The George W. Bush Childhood Home is open to visitors who wish to learn more about this famous family and the formative years that they spent in Midland.
After a hard-fought game, athletes and coaches deserve a sweet treat. Head to Susie’s South Forty Confections in the heart of Midland to indulge in mouth-watering sweets like rich fudge, gooey pralines, sweet peppermint bark, and so much more. Susie’s also puts together some amazing gift baskets – including those packaged inside a trophy – that are perfect for rewarding athletes, coaches, or chaperones.
For a fun family day out, head just minutes from downtown to the Old Miner’s Maze, a popular spot for groups, birthday parties, and families looking to experience the Wild West. Try your hand at the two-level, interactive maze that offers a variety of challenges and even a prize at the end.
“We are grateful to VisitMidland for their support which gives us an opportunity to be creative and to do things at our events that you won’t see in other aquatics venues!”
COM Aquatics: Brad Swendig (Executive Director/President)
“It is pleasure to work with the VisitMidland team when I produce events in West Texas. They are supportive in every phase of the event. They have provided Prolink Live with the highest level of assistance in promotion and media, staging and facility upgrades as well as assistance with volunteers and staffing. Additionally, VisitMidland has provided financial support for Prolink Live events through [VisitMidland Sports & Entertainment] grants. Their professionalism and passion for developing successful events is evident at all times.”
PROLINK Live: Tim Stallard (President)
How to Get to Midland
Midland’s location offers visitors the chance to experience a part of Texas that is somewhat off the beaten path and removed from the more frequented tourist spots. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a challenge to get to. In fact, Midland is located right on a major interstate and just minutes from an excellent regional airport.
By car: I-20 passes right through Midland, making it the most convenient option for many visitors traveling by car. Dallas-Fort Worth is just over 4 hours to the east along I-20, and El Paso is about 4.5 hours to the west along I20 and I-10.
By plane: Many visitors to the region opt to minimize their travel time by flying in to the local airport, Midland International Air & Space Port. Situated just a 15-minute drive from downtown, this regional airport offers flights to and from major destinations including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix with flights serviced daily by Southwest, United and American Airlines.
Company Name: VisitMidland
Sports Sales Manager: Melissa Aguirre
Title: Sports Sales Specialist