One of the biggest fears of sports planners is dealing with unruly weather, but in that is hardly an issue in Lubbock, Texas, where there is an average of 263 days of sunshine every year. The city’s sunny disposition is only made better by its elite athletic amenities, friendly hospitality, and flexible and affordable accommodations.
Located in West Texas, Lubbock is reachable via five major highways, making it easy to access for most of the state. And with a nickname like the “Hub City,” Lubbock is known for being an economic, cultural and education center for the region. The city boasts its unique blend of attractions, from world-class wineries and restaurants to acclaimed museums and theaters. Lubbock also has some of the best sports venues in the state, thanks to the presence of Texas Tech University, as well as its top-notch high school and park systems.
It is these resources that have allowed Lubbock Sports to bring in a wide array of tournaments and events on a regional, national and international level. The sports staff offers event planning assistance and complimentary services for teams. They will volunteer their time to give out visitor guides, city maps and event-specific recommendations for guests. The staff will also work with local vendors and hotels to establish rates for sport planners’ consideration to make sure they are getting the absolute best price.
With the help of the Lubbock staff, sports planners will be able to easily put together their tournaments. The only hurdle will be deciding where to host their sports event. Among the top-notch facilities are:
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
This flexible meeting space can be used for trade shows, exhibits and conventions, as well as sports events like wrestling, cheerleading and gymnastics.
United Spirit Arena
A multipurpose facility located on the Texas Tech University campus with seating for 15,000, it can easily be converted to host a number of basketball, volleyball, wrestling and other events.
City Bank Auditorium and Coliseum
Also situated on the campus of Texas Tech, the auditorium seats 2,803 spectators, and is designed for smaller concerts, but can be used for dance and cheer competitions. The Coliseum is used for events like motocross and rodeos, and has fixed seating for 6,904 people, with portable floor seats for 1,440.
Jones AT&T Stadium
This facility is where Texas Tech plays all its home football matches. The stadium seats 50,000, but has been known to reach capacities of over 52,000. There is onsite parking for 2,500, and 47 luxury box seats.
Dan Law Field
This is one of many unique baseball complexes in Lubbock. It features 5,050 seats, a permanent batting cage, two covered dugouts and 13 luxury skyboxes. Hays Field is another great baseball facility. It is located at Lubbock Christian University and seats 2,000 spectators around a recently upgraded astroturf field.
Lubbock Youth Sports Complex
This Lubbock sports venue is used mostly for softball and baseball events. It features 16 diamonds and seating for 250 at each field.
Pete Ragus Aquatic Center
This venue offers two, eight-lane pools, split by a diving center. It provides 290 permanent seats, and 300 additional spectator seats.
Lubbock is known as the sports capital of West Texas, and it is easy to see why with its elite sports facilities, helpful staff, unparalleled hospitality and affordable prices. There is really no limit to what sports teams can accomplish in Lubbock, as it provides all the necessary amenities required to host a successful sports tournament. So head to West Texas and embrace Lubbock.
—By Vanessa Day