If you’re a sports planner, you may have heard a rumor about one of the hottest sports destinations in the country. If you haven’t caught on, here’s a tip: It’s the capital city of Alabama. That’s right, Montgomery is the happening place to host a sports event. This historically rich and culturally effervescent city is loaded with everything a sports planner could possibly want for a successful sports event.
Montgomery has opened several new, top-of-the-line sports facilities in recent years, adding to its capacity to host major tournaments. Combine that with team-friendly accommodations, exciting attractions, an active vibe and a passion for athletics, and it’s clear to see why everyone wants to have a sports event in Montgomery.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Sugar Bert Boxing 2019 at Muliplex at Cramton Bowl (January 12-14, 2019)
- World Championships of Cornhole 13 at Multiplex at Cramton Bowl (July 24-28, 2018)
- ESPN/Raycom Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl Football Stadium (December 16, 2018)
- Riverwalk Stadium (Home to the Montgomery Biscuits Minor League Baseball)
- Guardian Championships LPGA Symetra Tour at RTJ Capitol Hill Club (September 21-24, 2018)
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- Multiplex at Cramton Bowl
- Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex
- Cramton Bowl Football Stadium
- The New Alabama State University Football Stadium
- Alabama State University Acadome
- Riverwalk Stadium
- RTJ Capitol Hill Golf Course
Multiplex at Cramton Bowl
Located at the edge of downtown Montgomery, the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl is a new 70,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility. It has the size and amenities to host a wide range of sports events, including the World Championship of Cornhole and Sugar Bert Boxing in 2019. It can accommodate 15 volleyball courts, six tennis courts, two soccer fields, and 20 wrestling mats. There is fixed seating for 1,000 and additional seating for up to 5,000 spectators.
Sports: Volleyball, tennis, soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, cornhole, basketball, cheerleading, boxing, weightlifting, dance
Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex
An elite Montgomery sports facility, Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex is an ideal spot for a soccer tournament in Alabama. The venue features 10 fields, two championship and eight regulation, with seating for 4,000 fans. There are also lights for night games and ample parking for teams and spectators.
Cramton Bowl Football Stadium
Located in downtown Montgomery, adjacent to the Multiplex, Cramton Stadium is a state-of-the-art football venue that welcomes all level of competition, including the ESPN/Raycom Camellia Bowl coming in December 2018. The stadium features an artificial turf field, locker rooms, ample parking and seating for over 24,000 fans.
The New Alabama State University Football Stadium
Alabama State University welcomed a new stadium in 2012 and it’s serving as the permanent home of Hornet’s football. The venue has a synthetic turf playing field, many state-of-the-art amenities, 20 suites and seating for 26,500 seats.
Alabama State University Acadome
The Dunn Oliver Acadome is an elite multipurpose sports facility on the Alabama State University Campus. It’s home to the university’s basketball and volleyball teams, and has hosted NCAA tournaments and many local, regional and national events. It features one court, six team locker rooms, and seating for 7,400 people.
Sports: Basketball, volleyball
Nestled in downtown Montgomery, Riverwalk Stadium is an historic sports venue that is home to Montgomery’s AA baseball team, the Biscuits. It features one lighted field and seating for 7,000 spectators.
RTJ Capitol Hill Golf Course
The Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill golf course boasts three 18-hole championship golf courses called The Senator, The Legislator and The Judge. The Senator has a traditional, Scottish-style layout, the Legislator offers several greens amid the trees, and the Judge offers spectacular views with 12 of its holes bordering the Alabama River. The golf course hosts the Navistar LPGA Class each fall, and recently held the Guardian Championships LPGA Symetra Tour.
Things to do in Montgomery
Sports teams won’t be spending their entire visit out on the pitch. There is plenty of time between matches for them to enjoy all that Montgomery has to offer… and there’s quite a lot.
Montgomery is where the modern civil rights movement began, and there are many sites dedicated to the city’s important role in the country’s history. Visit the Rosa Parks Museum to learn all about the Montgomery Bus Boycott through permanent exhibits, archives and more. Dive even deeper into Montgomery’s past with a stop at the Legacy Museum. It’s built on a site where enslaved people were warehoused, and a block away from a notorious slave auction spot.
Stand in the building where Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached at the Dexter King Memorial Baptist Church, and then head to the Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people and those affected by racial injustice.
For those teams traveling with families, check out the Montgomery Zoo for a fun-packed day. The zoo is home to over 500 animals from five continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. If you’re the artistic type, catch a production at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a world-class regional theatre that puts on 14 classics of the stage every year.
From my arrival in Montgomery, I knew it was going to be a very favorable experience. The amount of planning, coupled with precise execution of showcasing your beloved city, did not go unnoticed.
Some of the highlights were:
- Walkable downtown
- Variety of dining options
- Teambuilding options
- Meeting venues, both traditional hotel and event space and unique ones
- Historic sites
- Warm and hospitable care by you, your staff and the local businesses we toured
I could go on, but suffice it to say that I was wowed by the program presented and knew then that I would be back. Since then, I have returned 4 times and most recently brought a small group to visit the EJI sites and other historic sites downtown.
While my initial visit was as a corporate planner, I am also presently working to develop leisure and educational trips to Montgomery as I think it is uniquely positioned to embrace each of those markets.
One notable comment- Michelle Browder, More Than Tours, is a gem and I hope that Montgomery knows how special it is to have someone so authentic, knowledgeable and committed to sharing an unforgettable experience. I have now done her tour 4 times and each time walked away with a new and different experience and takeaway on Montgomery.
Change Healthcare: Audrey Chanet Ngaleu (Manager, Office Operations)
How to Get to Montgomery
By Car: Situated at the intersection of I-85 and I-65, Montgomery is an easy drive from many major southeast cities. It’s 164 miles from Atlanta, 92 miles from Birmingham, and 155 miles from Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico.
By Air: The city is served by the Montgomery Regional Airport, which has non-stop flights provided by American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Via Air. The airport is located just 10 minutes from downtown, and there are several transportation services that can get teams from the airport to their accommodations.
Company Name: Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce CVB/Destination Montgomery
Sports Sales Manager: Ron Simmons
Title: Vice President, Destination Sales