Attention, tournament planners: Do you want a destination with world-class facilities? We mean facilities that are actually among the best available in the world, facilities accompanied by a year-round moderate climate, true Southern hospitality and an excess of accommodations. Sounds like heaven, right? They prefer to be called Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Planning a tournament in Spartanburg is a no-lose scenario. Spartanburg is home to one of the biggest and best softball/baseball complexes in the nation and features over 20 youth softball/baseball fields overall in addition to 14 multipurpose fields. Tyger River Park Softball Complex hosted the 2015 ASA USA 18U Class A World Series and 2015 NSA B Girls Fast-Pitch World Series. Spartanburg also hosted the Southern Conference Track and Field Championships, USA Track & Field Junior Olympics Region 4 Championship, AAU State Gymnastics championships and many more. Oh, and you know the Carolina Panthers? They’ve held summer training on Wofford College’s campus since 1992. Throw in two brand new, state-of-the-art facilities in the Upward Star Center and the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium and you’ve got yourself a premier sports tournament destination.
Activities to Keep Everyone Entertained
It’s tough to find a place that not only offers everything you need for your sporting tournament, but also offers entertainment value during downtime. And it’s even harder to find a place that offers a broad range of entertainment for both children and adults. Spartanburg is a rare combination of all of the above. The kids will love exploring the Spartanburg Science Center. Parents will love the relaxing atmosphere of Strawberry Hill USA, where you can pick in-season fruits like berries, peaches or pumpkins. All parties will enjoy an afternoon of boating, fishing or hiking at Croft State Park.
Perhaps the biggest attraction is the only one of its kind in North America. The BMW Zentrum and Performance Driving Experience is the only BMW factory on the continent. With its interactive museum exhibits, this attraction will hold the attention of everyone – yes, even Johnny who can’t sit still to save his life.
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Outstanding Facilities to Host Your Tournament
Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
Sports: Basketball, volleyball
We’ll start with the latest and greatest. With an expected opening date of fall 2017, the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium is a 123,000-square-foot facility that will include a 3,400-seat basketball arena and a 500-seat volleyball competition venue. The facility will replace Benjamin Johnson Arena and will serve as the home for women’s basketball, men’s basketball and volleyball at Wofford College. The facility will have a seating capacity for non-athletics functions, such as commencement and concerts, of 4,500. Hosting a tournament in this gym would give players the opportunity to feel what it’s like playing in a Division 1 basketball arena – something they will never forget.
Upward Sports Star Center
Sports: Soccer, basketball, volleyball
Upward Sports just opened the Upward Star Center, a 120,000-square-foot indoor facility equipped with two regulation-size artificial soccer fields and up to four grass multi-purpose fields as well as six basketball courts, 12 full-sized volleyball courts, four lighted sand volleyball courts. This union facility features seven meeting rooms and can host an event of roughly 3,000 people indoors and 8,000 people outdoors. This massive facility, only a 10-minute drive from over 3,000 hotel rooms, could not be more convenient for hosting a tournament in Spartanburg.
Tyger River Park
Sports: Softball, baseball
Tyger River Park, one of the South’s premier baseball and softball tournament complexes, features 12 youth baseball/softball fields arranged in convenient four-field clusters, a championship stadium seating 600 people and with unmatched site amenities, clubhouse, concession areas, umpire changing rooms, lounge, VIP Suite, wireless internet, covered seating, two playgrounds and flat-screen TVs at each pod. Located 15 miles from downtown, Tyger River Park has hosted the 2015 USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series, 2015 ASA/USA Girl’s 18 U Class A National World Series and 2015 NSA Girls Fast-Pitch Class B World Series, among other events. All fields are dirt and irrigated. Eight fields have permanent fences at 275 feet, two fields have permanent fences at 220 feet and two fields have permanent fences at 260 feet. The stadium field has a permanent 300-foot fence. Ample parking and restroom facilities are available.
Spartanburg Viking Track
Sports: Track and field
Do you remember watching Usain Bolt set a world record in the 100-meter dash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics? It was an iconic moment in sports history. That very same track he ran on can be found in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Viking Track featuring the world-class MondoTrack FTX surface is the same track surface that was used in the Beijing Olympic Games and the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia. This premium, custom-made track has increased the optimal traction and contact area due to the irregular size and shape of the tessellation pattern and has been designed to provide the best traction between track and spikes and for a greater contact area than other track systems. This improves the athletes’ grip and performance. The track facility contains eight world-class lanes, Lynx MVP fully automatic timing system, two jump pits, pole vault and high jump areas. The complex is illuminated with Musco’s Light‐Structure Green Sports Lighting System.
Spartanburg Expo Center
Sports: Gymnastics, martial arts, other indoor sports
Want to plan a gymnastics or tae-kwon-do tournament or maybe a table tennis or other indoor sport where you just need a bunch of space and that’s about it? The Spartanburg Expo Center has over 160,000 square feet to offer you in addition to a complete kitchen and several meeting rooms. The versatile space has handled various indoor sports, plus trade shows, art exhibits, sports tournaments and large conferences.
Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park
Sports: Tennis, disc golf
Beautiful Va-Du-Mar Park has tennis courts and multipurpose fields available in addition to an 18-hole disc golf course. Check out the disc golf course, hole-by-hole, with this video.
Once a peach orchard, this arboretum is one of the largest corporate greenspaces in the Southeast. Sitting on 600 acres of land and with 15 decorative fountains and six ponds, it is a beautiful setting for hosting a 5K race on an all-grass course.
Holston Creek Disc Golf Course
Sports: Disc golf
One of the biggest and best in the state, the Holston Creek Disc Golf Course lets you test your hand on a 27-hole course that winds its way through changes of scenery and elevation. The longest hole stands at 875 feet, a true test. There are sand traps and water hazards throughout the course.
How to Get There
Spartanburg is ideally located right off of major highways and near a regional airport. Whether you’re driving or need to fly, the hassle of travel is no excuse not to make it to Spartanburg.
By Car: Spartanburg County, at the crossroads of Interstates 85 and 26, is less than a six-hour drive from major cities like Atlanta, Birmingham, Lexington, Jacksonville and Richmond.
By Plane: Major airlines serve the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), and from there it’s just a 20-30 minute drive east on I-85 to downtown Spartanburg.