Plan your Next Sports Event in the heart of Michigan

The center of Michigan, a state lovingly referred to by some as “The Mitten” for its unique shape, is the lively town of Mt. Pleasant. While small in population, there are no shortage of venues and spaces to host a sports event, tournament, or gathering. The facilities of Central Michigan University, the green spaces, and newly added recreation facilities, coupled with world class entertainment and perfect location, make this just the destination you’re looking for, and the Mt. Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau is there to help.

What is there to do in Mt. Pleasant?

Charming and historic, Mt. Pleasant lives up to its name, welcoming visitors for year-round sports, fun and all kinds of adventure. In downtown Mt. Pleasant you’ll find over 135 businesses including specialty shops, art galleries, an eclectic array of dining establishments, bars and bistros, and the historic Broadway Theatre. Just a stone’s throw from the center of town are Island Park and Nelson Park, both beautiful greenspaces to lounge around or enjoy some outdoor activities. The Chippewa River runs through the heart of the city and is a great place for a leisurely canoe, kayak, or tubing  trip.

Credit Mt. Pleasant CVB

Credit Mt. Pleasant CVB

Visit one of Mt. Pleasant’s biggest attractions, the Soaring Eagle CasinoThis casino has something for everyone in your group. With 4,400 slots, 70 gaming tables, six restaurants and a coffee café, the whole group will be satisfied. Mt. Pleasant is also home to Central Michigan University, the towns pride. Take a walk on this beautiful campus and see everything it has to offer.

CMU hosts 500+ events annually and is home to one of the nation’s largest intramural sports programs; with sports including flag football, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, disc golf, soccer, quidditch, rugby, and many more.

Mt. Pleasant is partially located within the Isabella Indian Reservation recognized by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. Learn about local heritage at The Museum of Cultural and Natural History and visit the Ziibiwing Center to learn more about the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

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Planner Perspective

As tournament director of the Michigan Amateur Softball Association (MASA) Girls Fast Pitch State Tournament that annually hosts up to 130 teams in the Mt. Pleasant community, it has been a pleasure and honor to work with a group of such dedicated professionals. The Mt. Pleasant CVB is a key partner in the operation of the tournament and has made scheduling of facilities and lodging seamless and hands off. The small-town friendliness and big-league experience that visitors receive from the Mt. Pleasant community and Mt. Pleasant CVB has been instrumental in the City of Mt. Pleasant being awarded the State Tournament for the past 7 years. It is without question, that the relationship we have with the Mt. Pleasant CVB has made the MASA State Tournament a success and a destination for teams every year!

Steve Hofer, Tournament Director for Michigan Amateur Softball Association

The City of Mt. Pleasant is quickly becoming one of the premier destination spots for running disc golf events in Michigan. Located within Deerfield Nature Park are two scenic and challenging disc golf courses that draw people from all over the Midwest, and beyond. Pair this venue with an outstanding staff at Isabella County Parks & Recreation, an extremely passionate Mt. Pleasant Disc Golf Club, the Mt. Pleasant CVB who is always friendly and eager to help, and numerous hotels and restaurants nearby; and you have a location where you can end your search for the perfect disc golf tournament venue.

Zach Shafer, PDGA

What venues are available to us?

Central Michigan University Student Activity Center and Outdoor Sports Complex

Photo Credit Robert Barclay

Photo Credit Robert Barclay

Sports: Basketball, billiards, bowling, disc golf, racquetball, softball, swimming, field hockey, soccer, baseball, track

The great thing about hosting an event in a college town is the wide array of facilities available that regularly host major events. The outdoor sports complex includes four softball diamonds and seven multi-purpose fields, a soccer complex, along with an 18-hole disc golf course that is open for public use or tournaments. CMU’s SAC has a pool, two saunas and a spa, along with 12 lanes of bowling, six basketball/sport courts, six full glass racquetball/wallyball courts, six billiards tables, table tennis and a three-lane indoor track.

John G. Kulhavi Events Center

Event Center on Homecoming

Photo Credit Mt. Pleasant CVB

Sports: Basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, wrestling

A recent addition to the Mt. Pleasant community, the John G. Kulhavi Events Center houses McGuirk Arena, a full-size court with seating for 5,300, and the 10,000-square-foot Parfitt Gymnasium. It serves as the primary venue for all major university activities and home to the basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling teams, with top-notch amenities for both athletes and spectators. The Events Center has quickly become the area’s premier cultural, athletics and entertainment center, offering plenty of space throughout the year for organizations and community members to host special events.

Isabella County Parks and Recreation

Sports: Swimming, outdoor activities, volleyball, disc golf

For all your outdoor adventures, the county’s Parks and Rec association has you covered. With parks including Deerfield Nature Park, Coldwater Lake Family Park, Meridian Park and Gilmore Park, there are plenty of trails and greenspaces to explore and host events. Deerfield Park houses two premier disc golf courses and hosts several tournaments annually. Finally, Herrick Recreation Area is the perfect place for any kind of athlete, with fishing, swimming, sand volleyball, trails, boating, and plenty of space to be active.

Morey Courts

Sports: Basketball, racquetball, tennis, track, volleyball

New to the region, Morey Courts is a top choice for hosting events, with its eight full-size basketball/volleyball courts, two tennis courts, three racquetball courts and a 1/5th-mile track. Athletes will appreciate the fitness center and exercise rooms, along with the full-service deli between games. The venue is no stranger to hosting group events and regularly holds sports training, leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics.

Mt. Pleasant High School

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Photo Credit Paul Kenneth Beroza, Morning Sun

Sports: Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, wrestling

Located not far from the CMU campus, this school adds to the list of local facilities with a gymnasium that houses two basketball/volleyball courts, two softball and two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a high school football stadium, eight tennis courts, wrestling mats and an eight-lane track.

Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation

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Photo Credit Mt. Pleasant CVB

Sports: Basketball, football, soccer, softball, tee-ball, tennis, volleyball

The city’s local Parks and Rec association maintains an array of parks for visitors to enjoy. There is Island Park with three softball fields, two basketball courts, four tennis courts and four sand volleyball courts. At Sunnyside Park you’ll find a tee-ball complex, one basketball court and an array of soccer fields of various sizes, which also hosts the Mt. Pleasant Soccer Club. Horizon Park has a softball diamond, basketball court, three soccer fields, a football field and a tennis court. Finally at Pickens Field you’ll find two Little League diamonds and two softball fields. With all of these options at your fingertips, planning an event in Mt. Pleasant couldn’t be easier, and the city’s CVB is there to help.

Sacred Heart Academy

Sports: Baseball, basketball

Another local school with facilities open for public use is Sacred Heart Academy in the center of Mt. Pleasant. The school features a gymnasium with a full-size court, full size baseball diamond and a high school softball diamond.

Union Township Fields

MASA 2016 (Union Twnshp)- Union Township

Photo Credit Mt. Pleasant CVB

Sports: Baseball, horseshoes, softball, volleyball

For even more court and field options, check the three softball and three baseball diamonds at McDonald Park, the largest Union Township park. There are also horseshoe courts, playground equipment and a paved trail to keep both athletes and spectators happy and entertained.

How do we get to Mt. Pleasant?

With its central location in Michigan, Mt. Pleasant is easy to reach from major nearby cities, most less than two hours away.

By Car: U.S. Route 127 makes its way up the center of the state and runs through Mt. Pleasant, and is a great option for those coming from Lansing or cities farther south such as Cincinnati. Interstate 75 is a convenient route for those coming from Detroit.

By Air: Detroit Metro Airport is one of the busiest in the country, meaning you can easily reach your destination from anywhere in the country. From the airport make your way to Mt. Pleasant by rental car or coach – a 2.5-hour trip. The Capital City Airport in Lansing is a nearby option.