This beautiful, peaceful river city sits just west of the hustle and bustle of St. Louis, but do not let its relaxed pace fool you. St. Charles is ready to play and welcomes sports events of all sorts and sizes. The city’s friendly locals and staff at the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau make every team feel welcome, ensuring athletes will have an enjoyable and successful tournament.
St. Charles has been hard at work building up its repertoire of annual tournaments. Last summer, the region welcomed the State Wars Roller Hockey Championships, a 12-day tournament that brought around 275 teams and 2,500 participants to the city, and took up nearly 5,000 hotel room nights for the event. Just recently, the city welcomed back two minor league teams after a long hiatus. The St. Charles Chill of the Central Hockey League will begin play in the fall, while the Missouri Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League will begin its inaugural season on March 8 against the Florida Tarpons.
This 10,000-seat arena is used for football, hockey, soccer and basketball, including college and high school tournaments.
Ozzie Smith Sports Complex
Located in O’Fallon, Missouri, this sports facility features seven lighted softball/baseball diamonds and houses the T.R. Hughes Ballpark, home of the Frontier League Baseball team, the River City Rascals. The ballpark also includes the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, which honors local athletes.
St. Peters Rec-Plex
This 236,000-square-foot athletic complex features a world-class natatorium, which includes a diving pool with a 10-meter tower and 1- and 3-meter springboards; and a 50-meter competition pool. The Rec Plex also has three NHL-size ice rinks, with seating for 600 spectators at the original rink, and 1,200 at the second, and 300 portable seats at the third. The gymnasiums are equipped to host basketball and volleyball competitions, as well as other sports events like wrestling or martial arts.
St. Charles Convention Center
Located a few minutes from the Missouri River, the convention center is easily accessible from the entire region. The 154,000-square-foot facility can accommodate events like gymnastics, cheerleading, volleyball and basketball.
National Equestrian Center
The center features two indoor arenas for equestrian tournaments and dog shows. The outdoor arena is conducive to motorcycle speedway races. All the arenas have bleacher seating.
St. Charles is known for its history and tradition, especially considering it is the oldest city on the Missouri River. The Historic Main Street District is a 10-block nationally registered historic site, with over 100 shops and 25 restaurants. Within the district are the First State Capitol Building, Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center, and the Foundry Art Center.
If guests want to venture outside of St. Charles, they can take a 25-minute drive to St. Louis, where they can experience the famous Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum and Missouri Botanical Gardens.
The Greater St. Charles CVB gets involved from the very beginning, providing site visits to sports facilities and housing assistance. The team also offers public relations assistance with DVDs and/or images for event publicity, and press releases to area media contacts, ensuring sports tournaments get the attention they deserve. On-site, the staff helps with event registration and has a group of volunteers on hand at a local information area to talk about attractions that families will find in St. Charles. Teams are greeted by a CVB representative or city official, and receive welcome bags and welcome letters for event packets.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Located just 15 minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport along I-70, St. Charles’ central location makes it simple to reach from nearly everywhere in the country. Once here, teams and their guests will find St. Charles easy to get around, as most major venues and accommodations are relatively close to each other.