Sports are embedded into the fabric of The Bend. The roar of the crowd runs through the community like a running back streaking up the field for a touchdown or a baserunner rounding third and heading for home. Residents and visitors long for college football Saturdays and the opportunity to cheer, “Go Cubs Go” on a warm summer evening. Because of this passion and a longtime sports tradition, South Bend Mishawaka is the perfect place to host your next sporting event.
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, South Bend Mishawaka has played host to the LPGA Symetra Tour, USA Gymnastics Regionals, and annual events such as the Sunburst Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier. With 38 athletic fields, 29 baseball and softball diamonds, 20 indoor courts, and four sheets of ice, The Bend provides the state-of-the-art complexes to meet your tournament’s needs. Make plans to host your next sports tournament in South Bend Mishawaka. See you around The Bend.
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South Bend’s Facilities
Compton Family Ice Arena
Located on the south edge of the Notre Dame campus, the five-year-old Compton Family Ice Arena is adjacent to the Joyce Center and just west of the Irish track and field facility. The arena houses two ice rinks, one NHL-size and one Olympic-size, and provides ice for the Notre Dame hockey team as well as residents. Each surface has two levels of viewing and seating, with the majority of seats chair-back style. Spectator capacity is 5,000 total between seating and standing room. There are five locker rooms, and a press room for the NHL-size rink.
Byers’ Softball Complex
The former Belleville Softball Complex has four Musco-lighted championship softball fields and one unlighted field that was added in 2008. It has ample bleacher seating, a public address system, electronic scoreboard, dugouts and a full-service concession stand that operates from mid-April to mid-October.
Junior Irish Soccer Fields
Sports: Soccer, lacrosse
The Junior Irish Soccer Complex includes 12 Kentucky Blue Grass, full-sized soccer fields. All fields are Irrigated and maintained to provide the highest quality every time a player steps on the pitch. Host big soccer and lacrosse tournaments annually.
Sports: Mix Martial Arts, Taekwondo, Judo
The Convention Center located minutes from the University of Notre Dame campus has 75,000 square feet of event space in two separate convention halls. For arriving guests, the 16,000 square foot Great Hall provides a stunning view of the St. Joseph River through a 30-foot glass wall. There are 18 event suites and two theatres within the Century Center as well.
South Bend’s Finest Golf Courses
The Blackthorn Golf Club, Juday Creek Golf Course and the University of Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course are the 3 premier golf courses in the South Bend area. These courses challenge golfers of all skill levels and provide some of the best views in town. All have hosted major events including special charity events, corporate outings, the LPGA Symetra tour, NCAA DI Regionals, and coming in 2019, the USGA U.S. Senior Open.
Indiana University-South Bend Student Activities Center
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, racquetball, fitness.
This 100,000-square-foot facility offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, a three-lane running track, five courts for basketball and volleyball and three racquetball courts. It also has a group fitness room, full-service locker rooms, a game area with billiards and ping-pong tables, a student lounge and the Courtside Café.
- Play in the “Shadow of the Dome” (Near Notre Dame’s Campus)
- Centralized Location Between Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Columbus
- Very Accessible Via Car, Plane or Rail
- Online Hotel Booking System
- Grant Assistance Through Application Process
- Welcome Bags with Area Attractions and Discounts
- Organize and Conduct Personalized Site Visits
- Marketing and Public Relations Assistance
- Connection to Community Resources
- Assist with Team-Friendly Hotel Selection, Room Blocks and Rates
After the Game
Following the game, be sure to experience everything there is to do in The Bend. From ziplining on an aerial ropes course at Rum Village Park to taking a sweet tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory, both players and coaches will be sure to have a fun time.
Visit Indiana’s first zoo, the Potawatomi Zoo, and say hello to over 500 animals, some being endangered and rare species. Take the train around the zoo as you say hello to all your favorite zoo friends—the lions, tigers, and always playful river otters.
Museums, delicious restaurants, and live music can be found in downtown South Bend as can the best Single-A ballpark in the country, Four Winds Field. Home of the South Bend Cubs, Single-A affiliate to the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Four Winds Field is a great atmosphere for family and friends to enjoy a ballgame. Take a few swings at the performance center or have a drink in the tiki hut bar beyond the left field wall.
The St. Joseph River flows through downtown South Bend and provides multiple ways to enjoy the outdoors. During the summer, beat the heat as you battle Class 2 rapids on the first urban white water rafting course in North America at the East Race Waterway. Go for a run or bike ride on the Riverwalk. And paint the river with color after sunset using the interactive South Bend River Lights.
How to Get There
Positioned as the hub of the Midwest with easy access to Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, and Indianapolis, South Bend Mishawaka is as accessible as possible for any visiting team.
By Air: South Bend has its own international airport, the only airport in the United States to offer air, interstate rail, and bus service in one location. Allegiant, Delta and United have regional flights into the South Bend International Airport. Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports and the Indianapolis International Airport are also all convenient options.
By Car: Interstate 80-90 serves the South Bend Mishawaka area, bringing visitors from Chicago and Detroit. Interstate 65 runs north-south and can bring visitors from Indianapolis to the south and Chicago to the north. South Bend is two hours from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis and three hours from Detroit.
The South Bend Mishawaka area has been a vital location to the success of our events for a number of years now. The facilities, hotels, and surrounding atmosphere in the area have attracted teams from around the country to the tournaments we host locally. South Bend Mishawaka is one of the top two or three locations we focus on nationally!
– Tom Davidson, Pastime Tournaments
Great location, hotel selection and an abundance of first rate athletic facilities make south bend a great choice for tournament planners! My organization operates several weekend events each season in South Bend each year and have experienced great success. The hotel selection is abundant and reasonably priced which make it ideal for large tournament weekend. The proximity to marketplaces such as Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis make it a quick and convenient destination. The visitors’ bureau does everything possible to insure that the welcome mat is rolled out for prospective organizers. Overall, I would be hard pressed to find another area that offers so much to my patrons.
– Tony Prpic, Hockey Time Productions
Working with Visit South Bend Mishawaka has been extremely helpful from assisting with finding the perfect facility, blocking out hotel rooms, providing area information providing ample services to my organization and my participants. South Bend has a lot to offer in sporting venues, hotels, restaurants and attractions. It is the perfect place for a sporting event.
– Linda Barclay, USA Sports Productions