How does Spartanburg beckon sports planners?
Planning a tournament or sports event can be a daunting task. Where will the teams stay? What will they eat? Is there anything for them to do when they aren’t competing? Trying to answer all of these questions can be stressful and overwhelming, but a simple solution exists: Spartanburg.
Located within driving distance of major Southern hubs like Atlanta, Charleston, West Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee, Spartanburg can accommodate sports events of all kinds. Baseball and softball? Check. Lacrosse and soccer? You’re covered. Volleyball, football, track and field, BMX, cross country… the list is almost endless.
The area is full of reputable accommodations like the Holiday Inn Express, Marriott and Hampton Inn as well as a variety of charming bed and breakfasts. When it comes to feeding hungry athletes, the area boasts everything from five-star delis to humble taverns and Barbecue joints. No city in the South can put on a sports event like Spartanburg can, and even the pros agree—every year, the Carolina Panthers hold their training camp here. If it’s good enough for the NFL, you can be sure it will shine for your teams as well.
Win or lose, what else is there to do?
Sports travel should create memories for your teams that go far beyond the competition. Whether you’re trying to fill downtime between games or looking to spend a few laidback days at the end of your trip, Spartanburg is full of timeless attractions that will have your team begging to come back.
Explore the great outdoors of Upstate South Carolina as you kayak the lakes, rivers and streams surrounding Spartanburg, hike, ride or bike along its hundreds of miles of trails. Discover plants and animals in the sprawling gardens and forests of preserves such as Hatcher Garden, the Cottonwood Trail, Glendale Shoals and many others. Spend an afternoon exploring Croft State Park and go fishing, boating or geocaching, or head to Strawberry Hill USA and pick delicious in-season berries, peaches or pumpkins.
Check out Hollywild Animal Park, a zoo where your team can help feed a variety of animals or relax on a safari ride. Prefer to beat the heat and stay indoors? Go rock climbing at Climb Upstate. Get a little shopping in at the WestGate Mall, then head next door to the Regal Spartan 16 and catch a movie. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite to eat at a well-loved Spartanburg classics like the The Beacon Drive In, Wades Restaurant, Sugar-n-Spice, or Cribb’s Kitchen.
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Spartanburg has the facilities, venues and parks you need
Tyger River Park
Sports: Baseball, Softball
As one of the South’s premier baseball and softball tournament facilities, Tyger River Park features 12 ball fields arranged in convenient four-field clusters in addition to a championship stadium that comfortably seats 600 people. In addition to its excellent playing fields, Tyger River Park also offers top-of-the-line site amenities including a clubhouse, several concession areas, umpire changing rooms, a lounge, a VIP Suite, Wi-Fi, covered seats, and two parks where the whole family can play.
North Spartanburg Complex
Sports: Baseball, Softball, BMX
Renovated in the spring of 2011, this complex upgraded its four ball fields to include a brand new concession stand and restroom complex, better lighting and general field enhancements. The parking lot was also recently redone, and the entryway has been renovated for easier access. The complex is home to the Carolina Miracle League and offers a fully handicap-accessible baseball field. Not interested in baseball or softball? Head to the complex’s BMX track and do some racing.
Upwards Sports Star Center
Sports: Basketball, Volleyball (Indoor and Beach), Soccer, Lacrosse, Cheerleading, 7-v-7 Football
This 120,000-square-foot, multi-sports facility opened this year and can host almost any sport that comes its way. Indoors, the center is equipped with six full-sized basketball courts, 12 indoor regulation volleyball courts, several studios designed for cheerleading, dance, aerobics and yoga, as well as a team shop. Additionally, the center houses a running track, batting cages, and a gym complete with free weights and cardio machines. The outdoor part of the facility has four lighted sand volleyball courts, two soccer fields with artificial turf and four grass fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse or 7-v-7 football. Upwards Sports is partnered with Spartanburg Regional Health Services and is able to offer strength training, rehab opportunities and orthopedic services.
Milliken Arboretum and 5K Fitness Trails
Sports: Cross Country
The rolling hills of the Milliken Arboretum have hosted renowned cross-country events including the NCAA National Cross-Country Championships, the Junior Olympic National Cross-Country Championship and the Milliken Earth Run. The all-grass course is part of a 600-acre private corporate campus and is available for approved community events.
Sports: Track and Field
The world-class outdoor track boasts the same surfacing materials used at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the recent World Indoor Championships in Valencia. The custom-made track lends itself to optimal traction, providing the best contact between the track and the athletes’ spikes. Viking Track contains eight lanes, two jump pits, pole vault and high jump areas. The complex is lighted and uses the Lynx MVP automatic timing system.
Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park
Sports: Soccer, Football, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Disc Golf
Renovated in the spring of 2015, the park offers seven regulation-sized fields that are covered in Bermuda grass and can be used for soccer or football. Additionally, the park features an 18-hole disc golf course (see below for Shoally Creek), three tennis courts, two beach volleyball courts and shaded picnic tables. The recent renovations also included a restroom and concession complex as well as an expanded parking lot.
Shoally Creek Disc Golf Course
Sports: Disc Golf
Heralded as one of the best disc golf courses in the state, Shoally Creek contains 18 holes that span 4,647 feet when played from the short tees, and 6,796 feet when played from the long tees. The course runs mostly through the woods and has several elevation changes.
295 Sports Complex
Sports: Softball, Baseball, Soccer
Like Va-Du-Mar McMillan, 295 Sports Complex received a total overhaul this spring. The complex features four ball fields and one regulation-sized soccer field, as well as a newly constructed score tower and restrooms.
Spartanburg is easily accessible for your group
Located a few hours away from a variety of metropolitan hubs, Spartanburg is a laid-back oasis in the heart of the Carolinas that offers itself as a breathtaking natural wonder your teams will enjoy exploring. With interstates and airports only a few minutes away, you’ll be there in no time.
By Car: Spartanburg is just 1 hour and 10 minutes drive south of Charlotte, and is connected to the popular metropolitan hub by I-85. Other popular cities that are less than a six hour drive away include Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee. Interstates 26 and 85 connect to Spartanburg by way of Route 29 as well as Highways 221 and 295.
By Air: Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is a mere 24 minutes away from the city center. Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways fly in and out of the airport.