A small New England gem, Rhode Island boasts some of the most impressive historic attractions in the region. Apart from its rich heritage and authentic small towns, the state also features miles of scenic coastline. Rhode Island offers exciting recreational activities as well as entertaining spectator sports. There is always something fun to do, and the state’s small size makes it easy to experience everything. Sports planners will find it easy to plan a sports tournament in Rhode Island, with its affordable accommodations, friendly people and top-of-the-line sports venues.
Providence Sports Venues
The capital city of Providence is admired for its historic sites and cultural traditions, including the “Mile of History” on the east side of the city and numerous colonial, federal and Victorian structures scattered throughout the city. Indeed, when visitors step foot in Providence, they are immediately transported back to the time of the earliest Americans. And since this town has such deep roots, there is also a rich sports scene brimming with tradition. Athletes will appreciate that Providence was been home to Babe Ruth when he played for the Providence Grays, as well as the modern and alternative sports that the city touts, like Roller Derby.
The go-to spot in Providence for sports events is the 1,3000-seat Dunkin Donuts Center, fondly referred to as “The Dunk.” It is situated in the heart of downtown, connected via skywalk to the Rhode Island Convention Center. Its recent renovation equipped it with a new expanded lobby, two new food courts, locker room additions, more luxury suites, a new video scoreboard, five completely revamped meeting spaces and all new seating. The 31,000-square-foot arena can be altered to accommodate any number of sports events, including ice competitions, dirt events and basketball games, as well as concerts and trade shows. It is home to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and Providence College men’s basketball team, the Friars. The University of Rhode Island operates the Ryan Center in Kingston, not too far from Providence. This multipurpose facility hosts all kinds of events and is the main arena for the university’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. It seats 7,700 people for basketball games and just over 5,500 for concerts and other athletic events. Providence is home to many top colleges and universities, all of which offer elite indoor and outdoor sports facilities where teams can compete. Brown University is a top Ivy League institution, but academics are not the only shining star at this school. The Brown Bears athletic program is one of the best in New England, with passionate players, dedicated coaches and staff, and top sports venues. Cliff Stevenson Field is home to the university’s men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, and has been host to a number of NCAA events. With a capacity of 3,500, it is well equipped to handle all kinds of tournaments, both large and small. Brown Stadium, home to Bears football, has been a staple of the campus since 1925. It has undergone numerous renovations over the years and just recently hosted its first night game under temporary lighting. It has a capacity of 20,000 but has been known to pack in over 30,000 screaming sports fans for those super intense rivalries that draw not only students, but many locals, too.
Sports Facilities in Warwick
Situated in the heart of the Ocean State, Warwick is a popular Rhode Island destination, with plenty of attractions and miles of shoreline. Warwick is easily accessible from anywhere in the state and region, thanks to its location off two major interstates and the fact that it is home to the state’s largest commuter airport. This small New England town has seen its fair share of historical events and has played a key role in America’s past. But it is also a modern and vibrant location for today’s youth, embracing all kinds of recreational opportunities.
Goddard Memorial State Park draws thousands of people to the area every year for a range of sports events. This 489-acre park is endowed with spacious lawns, playing fields, a golf course and forested areas. The park features 11 playing fields, as well as a nine-hole golf course and an equestrian show area. Many boating, fishing and sand sport events are held at the park within the park’s boundaries. One of the premier swimming facilities in Warwick is McDermott Aquatic Center. This year-round indoor venue provides a competitive size pool that can be used by both resident and non-resident athletes. It is commonly used for swim meets and competitions. Thayer Warburton Ice Arena is an indoor skating rink that is open year-round. It is open for public skating, but also hosts a number of youth and adult hockey leagues, as well as figure skating competitions. Teamworks Warwick, an 80,000 square-foot facility, has been serving the community for over 10 years, providing youth and adult sports and recreation programs for all levels. It is equipped with two turf arenas and two sport court arenas. The turf fields can be used for indoor soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, softball or baseball, while the sport court surfaces serve basketball, roller hockey, volleyball and wrestling events. The venue is used by youth and adult sport leagues, but is also open to non-locals looking for an athletic facility in Warwick.
Cranston Sports Events
The third largest city in Rhode Island is located just north of the Pawtuxet River and is only a few miles from Providence. A healthy sports scene features a number of athletic venues where sports teams can organize an event or tournament.
Cranston Stadium is a multi-use sports venue and consists of a baseball field, but it serves as a playing surface for football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, too. It hosts a number of area high school teams and has also been home to minor league baseball teams. The city has made many improvements to the field over the years, adding turf on the football portion in 2007 and adding areas for other sports, too. In total, the Cranston area features 25 baseball fields, 18 little league diamonds and seven big league ones; 19 basketball courts; 13 soccer fields; 24 tennis courts; and 11 softball fields, with the Atwood Avenue complex being the sole lighted facility in the city. Cranston is also home of the Budlong Pool, one of the largest swimming pools in the country. Though its operational times are limited—generally only two months in the summer—it is a very popular public pool that draws thousands of local residents every year. There are so many exciting athletic activities and facilities that Rhode Island’s small size is far from limiting. In fact, sports teams and planners may find it difficult to decide where exactly to have their tournament in Rhode Island. The state is full of sports enthusiasts, which makes it even easier to host a sports event. So what are you waiting for? Organize your sporting event in Rhode Island.