Nestled in the northwest corner of Washington State, Snohomish County is the picture of an ideal recreational destination. Just a short 14-mile drive from Seattle, Snohomish County is super easy to access, but not as simple to say. The proper pronunciation is “Sno-HOH-mish.” While the name may be mispronounced every now and again, there is certainly no mistaking the area’s exquisite scenery, rich traditions and eclectic culture.
Located between Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and thrill seekers. The region’s sports traditions run deep, drawing thousands of sports teams from all over the country—and the world—for a variety of events and tournaments. Snohomish County has become synonymous with athletics, making it a natural choice for sports planners.
“If you like the water, if you like the mountains, we have a wide variety of sports events and activities,” said Tammy Dunn, sports marketing manager for the Snohomish County Sports Commission. While the region hosts numerous conventional sporting events, such as soccer, baseball and basketball, it has experienced an uptick in outdoor and adventure sports, Dunn said. The mountains offer a range of hiking and biking trails, while Puget Sound is a great place for water sports like kiteboarding and wakeboarding, a combination that appeals to extreme sports enthusiasts. In 2012, the county hosted three half marathons, two wakeboarding competitions including the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour and four triathlons with one of them a USA Triathlon Junior Elite Series event, which brought 200 future Olympians to the city of Monroe.
Snohomish County’s wide array of sports facilities allows it to cater to all kinds of athletic events. “We can take care of any size sporting event,” said Dunn. From snow and ice to lakes and rivers to play fields and sports courts, the possibilities in Snohomish County are endless. Dunn credits the region’s impressive park systems, natural geographic features and strong local business partnerships for all the success it has had organizing sports tournaments. And that’s not to mention its top-of-the-line sports venues like:
Kasch Park is a multi-purpose complex used for sports from baseball and softball to soccer and ultimate Frisbee. It includes four softball fields, two baseball fields and three adult all-weather turf soccer fields; all fields are lighted for night games. The venue can accommodate up to 600 spectators and has parking for 460.
Lake Stevens Community Park
Lake Stevens Community Park has two baseball/softball and one baseball field, four grass soccer fields and walking paths. Additionally, the park has a playground area and concessions. It is located about a half mile from the city of Lake Stevens.
Lake Tye Park
Lake Tye Park is another popular multi-purpose sports facility. It has hosted baseball, soccer, softball, wakeboarding and triathlons. The venue has two baseball/softball fields, one soccer field, one outdoor basketball court, two tennis courts, a 41-acre lake and a walking path. It can seat 200 to 300 spectators.
Skykomish River Park
Skykomish River Park is a complex that serves all kinds of sports events. It has been used for baseball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee and even dog shows. The park has four baseball/softball diamonds and three soccer fields, and seating capacity for up to 600 fans.
Lynnwood Convention Center
The Lynnwood Convention Center has 34,000 square feet to accommodate dance, gymnastics and martial arts. The convention center is within walking distance of a wide variety of shopping and dining destinations.
Comcast Arena at Everett
This elite sports facility in Everett has been used for an extensive list of sports, including, but not limited to, basketball, gymnastics, ice hockey, volleyball and wrestling. It includes two NHL-size ice rinks, with seating for 8,300 spectators at the Comcast Arena and 250 at the Community Ice Rink. Comcast Arena also features an 11,000-square-foot grand ballroom and additional space outside the ballroom for any tournament events or operations.
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe is popular for less traditional events, such as equestrian, auto racing, BMX and rodeos. It includes a 60,000-square-foot indoor equestrian park with seating for 2,700 spectators and a 33,000-square-foot events center. There also is a speedway with 3/8 and 5/8 ovals and a figure eight track.
Evergreen Playfield Complex
This venue caters to many sports events, such as football, baseball, soccer and tennis. It includes five lighted baseball/softball fields, two grass soccer/football fields and one all-weather field, a quarter-mile track and four lighted tennis courts.
Clearly, Snohomish County provides sports teams and planners with such a long list of facilities that it may be difficult to decide where to host an event. But the county will never let guests feel overwhelmed. The sports commission is happy to help put together a tournament, offering unparalleled service and support.
“Once we start working with a sports planner on their event, we are ‘basically attached to the hip’ with it,” Dunn said. The commission acts as a liaison between sports planners and local venues, committees and hotels. It will submit hotel and facility bid proposals, coordinate site visits, request group rates for accommodations, send press releases and provide publicity on websites, and put together visitor information and welcome bags for athletes and their families. Bottom line: Snohomish County wants to make sure all needs are met and guests have a memorable experience.
With that in mind, Snohomish County likes to highlight its non-sports-related activities that can be enjoyed between games. The area has a longstanding aviation history, which can be experienced with the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour; or at the Flying Heritage Collection, which features flyable combat aircraft from World War II. Historical sites and museums include the Mukilteo Light Station, Western Heritage Museum, Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve and The Outback—a wildlife park.
Snohomish County is a prime shopping region with the Seattle Premium Outlets, two major malls and numerous antique shops in the city of Snohomish. In fact, the city of Snohomish is known as the “Antique Capital of the Northwest.” And after a long day of shopping and sightseeing, guests can enjoy some world-class fare at many of the region’s restaurants. The range of cuisines is sure to please any appetite, and the sprawling metropolis of Seattle sits a short distance to the South, offering its own collection of eateries, attractions and activities.
Despite its proximity to the biggest city in the state, Snohomish County touts its ability to accommodate everyone without the need for them to venture too far from the county. Snohomish County has over 5,300 hotel rooms, all at rates 40% less than Seattle, making it easy for teams to snag rooms at a reasonable price. On top of that, most amenities are complimentary, depending on the hotel, and the accommodations are usually located close to the sports action.
Sports event planners will find everything they are looking for in Snohomish County. So be sure to practice that pronunciation and get on up to Northwest Washington, a truly extraordinary place.
Sports Marketing Manager
Snohomish County Sports Commission
1133 164th St. SW, Suite 204
Lynnwood, WA 98087