Don’t let the mention of a small town fool you. Georgia’s Rome is a small town with a big heart, and world renowned for her Southern Hospitality. Planning a sports tournament or event in Rome is a perfect combination of excellent facilities and small-town atmosphere that will rejuvenate and excite you. Sports is big business in Rome, and each player and spectator is treated like an MVP. Even the visiting team feels at home in Rome.
Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Rome has a natural beauty and Southern charm that will put you at ease immediately. Long considered a baseball town, Rome has transitioned itself into one of the tennis meccas of the South. The Rome Tennis Center, the largest of its kind in the nation, has taken the city by storm.
Rome is central to Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga, and is home to Berry College, the largest college campus in the world. Take a drive, stroll or bike ride through the campus and perhaps you’ll see some familiar sites – It is where certain scenes of Remember the Titans and Sweet Home Alabama were filmed.
Free-Time Diversions in Rome
Three rivers meet in the middle of the city and create endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, including riverboat, paddleboard and kayak experiences. Little ones can bounce and play all day at Kangaroo Jakes, while the older ones can test their nerve at Daredevil Ziplines. Historical spots include Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum and historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Take your team to a Rome Braves game (the class-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves) to watch future big-leaguers play or try one of the world-class golf courses in Rome. Whatever you decide to do, it won’t be a cookie-cutter experience. You will leave Rome feeling like you can’t wait to come back.
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- Southern hospitality (no additional charge!)
- Serene location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains
- Easily accessible from Interstate 75
- Charm of a vibrant downtown area
Excellent Places to Play
Rome Tennis Center at Berry College
Brand new, this is the largest hard-court tennis facility in the nation. A 2013 SPLOST project, the $11.9 million facility has 60 USTA standard, asphalt courts including six NCAA-regulation courts, three center courts for tournament and collegiate play, eight permanent 36’ courts plus 10 courts with blended lines for 10&Under Tennis. A 3,846-square-foot clubhouse with meeting and event space offers panoramic views of the facility. The facility is fully accessible, exceeding ADA specifications and is home to an award winning wheelchair tennis tournament. This facility adds to Rome’s existing 72 tennis courts.
Historic Barron Stadium
Sports: Football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field
Located in downtown Rome, the 5,500-seat Historic Barron Stadium has played home to football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field events. A $3.4-million SPLOST project in 2010 funded the installation of a synthetic turf field, a hi-definition LCD scoreboard, new lighting and an eight-lane Beynon track that meets all NCAA, NAIA and IAAF standards. Barron Stadium hosted the 2008-2013 NAIA Football National Championship Game and is home to the Shorter University and Rome High School track& field and football teams. Barron Stadium is in the heart of downtown Rome.
Stonebridge Golf Club
Sports: Golf, FootGolf
What’s the only thing better than being in the great outdoors with views of the Appalachian foothills? Playing golf on pristine Bermuda fairways and greens with those views! Stonebridge Golf Club was voted a top-10 course for under $55 by Golf Magazine in 2012. Stonebridge now offers FootGolf, a hybrid sport combining golf and soccer. Stonebridge Golf Club hosts tournaments and events and would be a perfect way to relax during your tournament’s downtime (if you’re not already playing in a golf tournament!)
Alto Park Softball Complex
Sports: Softball, Baseball
This is the go-to destination for softball & baseball in the Rome/Floyd County area, with eight lighted fields on 68 acres. The lower fields of Alto Park were recently redeveloped into the Lower Alto Tri-Plex Fast Pitch Complex. The main softball field is the home for NCAA DII Shorter University Softball Team.
Sports: Basketball, rodeos, wrestling, cheer/dance
Need to plan a basketball tournament? Or maybe something a little more adventurous? Rodeos, cheer and wrestling are just some of the sporting events held at this 4,000-seat multi-purpose venue that sprawls across 34,300 square feet. The Forum is in the heart of downtown Rome and within walking distance of hotels, shops and restaurants. The Forum also hosts concerts, expos, conferences and trade shows.
State Mutual Stadium
One of the crown jewels of Rome’s sporting venues, State Mutual Stadium is home of the Rome Braves, Class-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. This state-of-the-art complex seats over 5,000 and has 14 luxury suites, a full-service restaurant, and plenty of concessions. Minor league baseball games are great entertainment for your sports team. If you want to book your own event at State Mutual Stadium, the Rome Braves are happy to help.
How to Get There
Rome is located far enough away from downtown Atlanta to truly feel like you’ve escaped the city, yet it’s not difficult to reach.
By Car: Rome is located an hour or so from most Atlanta addresses and the surrounding suburban area. Take I-75 North to Cartersville, exit 290, and follow GA Hwy 20 to Rome. If you’re coming from the north, take I-75 South to exit 312 at Calhoun, and follow GA Hwy 53 to Rome. From Gadsden, Alabama, follow Highway 411/AL Hwy 9/GA Hwy 20 to Rome.
By Air: If you need to fly into Georgia, you’re in luck because Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has flights from just about everywhere in the world. Rome is just an hour-and-a-half drive. Take GA Hwy 6/US Hwy 278 from the airport and turn on GA Hwy 101 in Rockmart, which will lead you directly to Downtown Rome.