Take Your Athletic Talents to Terre Haute, IN

Situated by the breathtaking Wabash River and the beautiful Indiana State University (ISU) campus, the city of Terre Haute offers a host of options for your next sporting event venue.

Vigo County Aquatics Center

Vigo County Aquatics Center can host a number of water sporting events.


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The following article appeared in the Indiana State Sports Guide. Download the full guide below.

It is oftentimes difficult and tiring work planning sporting events and finding an athletic venue that will accommodate your athletes’ needs. However, the wide variety of sports facilities to choose from in Terre Haute, Indiana will make the process of organizing a sporting event simple and stress-free.

The quaint, charming ambiance of Terre Haute mixed with a slew of arts and activities offers athletes and their families the chance to explore after a long day of sports. The multitude of options for athletic venues that Terre Haute provides makes the city a prime spot for sports planners to take their next away game. When teams are finished with their fun-filled days of games, a variety of restaurants, lodging accommodations and things to do will be sure to keep parents and athletes entertained. If you’re hoping to delight young kids at the children’s museum or wander through a nature center, Terre Haute is the perfect sports venue for you.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • 15 NCAA Championships
  • Missouri Valley Conference Track & Field Championships
  • Midwest Soccer Classic
  • Heartland Conference Aquatic Championships, Indiana SW Division Meet, ACS Meet

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Volunteer Staff
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lodging Services
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance

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LaVern Gibson Championship Cross-Country Course

LaVern Gibson Championship Cross-Country Course

Did you know this course is one of the few purpose-built cross-country courses in the world? This top-tier, 250-acre course provides ample space for runners to show off their endurance and speed, and offers a fenced-in, secure area for fans to cheer. This natural grass, spectator-friendly course was meticulously designed for viewers to watch the entire race from the spectator section atop of a hill. The complex provides accommodations for high school meets and national championship events, and has hosted 15 national championships and six Nike Championships. The facility also has a press-box, parking, seating, restrooms and concessions.

Sports: Cross country

Gibson Track and Field on the campus of ISUGibson Track and Field on the campus of ISU

Situated on the banks of the Wabash River, this top-notch track and field facility is equipped with a 400-meter track, a three-story press box facility, a Daktronics video board and accommodations for all NCAA field events that require multi-directional options. Named after longtime ISU supporters Max and Jackie Gibson, the track complex includes nine four-feet lanes, two 110-meter straight-aways, two high-jump zones, four vaulting runway spots and many throwing areas. Home to ISU’s men’s and women’s track teams, the complex ensures comfort and relaxation for your next track event.

Sports: Track and field

Terre Haute Action TrackTerre Haute Action Track

Located on U.S. Route 41 along the south side of Terre Haute, this action track is perfect for hosting your next car racing event. This half-mile, slightly banked dirt oval track takes the stress off drivers and spectators with its convenient dirt, grass pits situated outside of the track for both racers and fans. Additionally, pit concessions are available, and tires and fuel are accessible at the track. Credit cards are accepted at the front gate, and easy access to grass parking makes getting situated easier and worry-free. Spectators can watch and enjoy the festivities in grandstand seating, guaranteeing an excellent view of the races. For those who want a close-up look at the thrilling races, tents and campers with hookups can be arranged, and coolers are allowed to enjoy a nice, cold beverage in the warm Indiana sun.

Sports: Midget car racing, sprint car racing, motocross

Springhill Soccer Complex

Springhill Soccer Complex

This first-rate, extensive soccer facility provides teams and spectators plentiful room to get a kick out of an action-packed game of soccer. With 45 soccer fields for players four to 13 years old, the soccer complex is an excellent choice to hold your next soccer game. Home to the Vigo County Soccer Association, the premises promises a number of soccer fields that are perfect for long soccer tournaments and simultaneous games.

Sports: Soccer

Vigo County Aquatics Center

Vigo County Aquatics Center

Swim teams will welcome the chance to take a splash at this newly-renovated 31,150-square-foot indoor aquatics center. Replacing older pools at Terre Haute North Vigo, South Vigo and West Vigo High Schools, this newly-developed aquatics center spotlights a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic-sized pool, therapy pool, diving well and seating for up to 500 spectators. It also highlights a locker room, classroom and concession area for fans. The pool is furnished with one three-meter diving board and three one-meter diving boards, and a bulkhead separating the pool into different sections for optimal use. The elite complex welcomes County Championships, ISU competitions, swim club meets and IHSAA sectionals.

Sports: Swimming and diving

Terre Haute Quarter Midget Track

Terre Haute Quarter Midget Track

This premier racing complex supplies spectators with a family-friendly atmosphere to relish in the unique sport of quarter midget car racing. The brand-new track moved from its original location to a 30-acre lot, and features a new dirt track, a tower with concessions and meeting rooms, guest parking that could also be used as an asphalt course, video monitors and parking for trailers and campers. Quarter midget tracks are typically a twentieth of a mile, and the racing is divided into several varying groups based on age, skill level and motor type.

Sports: Quarter midget car racing

Griffin Bike Park

Griffin Bike Park

This expansive 300-acre full-range bike park offers athletes the chance to show off their stamina and endurance on the advanced bike specific trail networks. With a 16-mile purpose-built trail system, the park features two multi-use core trails and beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert trails so that all bikers can revel in the beautiful paths. Seven-specialized riding areas and ten national-level racing and competition venues make this facility a hot-spot for exciting bike-riding opportunities for all skill-levels. The complex also offers world-class destination tourism amenities and professionally integrated event designs that guarantee full-range biking experiences. The park is free and open to the public.

Sports: Biking, triathlon

Things to do in Terre Haute

Terre Haute will ensure a plethora of activities to participate in on and off the courts and fields. In your downtime, you will have the chance to visit several restaurants, family centers, museums, retailers and other entertainment alternatives. When organizing sports trips, it is important to include pleasurable activities for both teams and parents to enhance their own traveling experiences. Luckily, Terre Haute provides visitors with a list of leisure and relaxation options to enjoy after a tiring, grueling tournament.

Start your trip the right way, giving your young ones the chance to venture into the delightful Children’s Museum filled with fun activities such as the Toddler Zone, Fiddling with Physics and Health Zone. Alternatively, take a trip to Bogey’s Family Fun Center and Bouncin Barn for indoor and outdoor fun, including go-karts, bumper cars, arcade games, miniature golf and indoor inflatable bouncy centers. If you prefer peaceful nature walks, Dobb’s Park Nature Center equipped with a prairie, three-acre pond, a butterfly trail and three miles of gorgeous trails. For all the aspiring bakers on your team, visit the Clabber Girl Museum to gain more knowledge about the beginnings of American baking in the home. Also, established in 1995 by Eva Mozes Kor, the C.A.N.D.L.E.S Holocaust Museum allows visitors to learn about the Holocaust and engage in conversation with a Holocaust survivor.

Planner Perspective

Terre Haute put on a great show at the aquatic center hosting the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships and the Indiana Swimming Southwest Divisional Championship.  We bid on these meets to bring swimmers and fans to Terre Haute to compete in a championship format for the first time ever.

Randy Jensen

The 2018 Midwest Soccer Classic, held in April, was another huge success this year.  Over 80 teams from around the region, along with thousands of spectators, enjoyed great competition while providing a boom to the Terre Haute economy.

Matthew McNichols

How to Get to Terre Haute

By Car: Known as the “Crossroads of America” in the Heartland of the U.S., Terre Haute is roughly 120 miles from Indiana’s three navigable waterways, and close to several mainland highways. The main east-west access to the city is Interstate-70, and the most popular north-south access points are U.S. Highways 41 and 40. State Highway 46 also serves as an entrance to the destination. Also, the following cities are ideally less than six hours away: Indianapolis, LaFayette, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, St. Louis, Louisville and Cleveland.

By Air: Indianapolis International Airport (IND), situated one hour from Terre Haute, is an appropriate choice for sports teams and families traveling from far away. The airport services 11 airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, Southwest and United.

Contact Information

David PattersonCompany Name: Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sports Sales Manager: David A. Patterson

Title: Executive Director

Telephone: 812-234-5555 ext.11

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