From the city council and the police force to hotel chains and restaurant owners, everyone in the community is on board when sports events land in Round Rock, Texas. The combination of top-class facilities, great local entertainment, easy transportation, mild weather and sports-minded residents has earned Round Rock the title of “Sports Capital of Texas.”
Round Rock hosts virtually every sporting event you can imagine, from football and baseball to inline skating marathons and ultimate Frisbee championships. Its facilities are capable of handling events of all sizes, and the beautiful Texas weather means that teams can play outside all year long.
Round Rock Indoor Sports Center
This brand new $14.5-million facility, encompassing 81,500 square feet, has six basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts. Nine additional multipurpose rooms will have seating for 1,700 and will be able to accommodate badminton, gymnastics, cheer, dodge ball, darts, horseshoe pitching, fencing, rock climbing, martial arts, wrestling, table tennis, weightlifting, powerlifting, archery and bocce ball.
Old Settlers Park
This 570-acre park is the main attraction for rights holders that commit to Round Rock. With 20 lit baseball fields, five lit softball fields, two lit football fields, 19 soccer fields, 12 lit tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, a cricket field and a disc golf course, there are always sports going on at Old Settlers Park. Unlike many large complexes, Old Settlers feels like a park and is complete with pavilions, picnic tables and grills to go along with the standard concession stands and restrooms.
Right next door to Old Settlers Park is Dell Diamond, home to Texas Rangers’ AAA affiliate, Round Rock Express. The park’s proximity to Old Settlers makes it an ideal championship or main field for any larger baseball tournament. Dell Diamond has 8,722 fixed seats and can seat another 3,000 in the outfield lawn area. Fans enjoy the pool and hot tub over the right field fence, and kids love the adjacent basketball court and climbing wall for in-game entertainment.
In a state known for its high school football, Round Rock has one of the best high school stadiums around. On the campus of Round Rock High School, Dragon Stadium features a full-size track and AstroPlay turf field with a drainage system to allow play in any weather. For events that require a lot of administration and may draw media, Dragon Stadium’s two press boxes are sure to impress. The home side press box is two stories and features a refreshment area to go along with its radio, TV and coaches booths.
Round Rock ISD Athletic Complex
The Round Rock Independent School District went a step further when putting together its athletic complex, building a stadium that rivals many Division I college football arenas. With parking for 2,750, total seating for 11,000, 950 stadium seats and a beautiful oval-shaped campus, this complex makes a great championship locale for football, soccer or lacrosse events. Televisions are fixed at concession areas so that fans won’t miss any of the action while away from their seat.
Attractions and Accommodations
Rights holders that commit to Round Rock are pleasantly surprised with the wide range of attractions, restaurants and accommodations the area has to offer. Seven top-quality golf courses can provide a morning of fun on a tournament off day, and the Rock’n River Family Aquatic Center is a good way to cool off. Shoppers love the Round Rock Premium Outlets and Ikea while dog owners are treated to Dog Depot, which is much more than just a dog park. Also, make sure your tournament knows to check out Historic Downtown Round Rock, where they can see the actual rock after which the city is named. Round Rock’s restaurants love seeing dirty jerseys come in their door and are flexible with meeting each team’s needs. The city contains all the standard fast food and sit-down chains, but be sure to check out some of the local cuisine as well. Cotton Patch Cafe serves up great old-fashioned comfort food while Johnny T’s BBQ is a local favorite for Texas-style barbeque. With 25 hotels within city limits, Round Rock is well prepared to handle multiple tournaments at a time, as it often does. From Red Roof Inn to an RV park to the Marriott, there are many lodging options.
Getting to Round Rock and Getting Around
Over 90 percent of Texas’ population is within 300 miles of Round Rock, so tournament planners can expect that the Lone Star State’s top talent is within reach of their chosen venue. Dallas and Houston are a three-hour drive. I-35 passes right by downtown Round Rock, making it easy to come in from Georgetown to the north and Austin to the south. From downtown, each of Round Rock’s main facilities is within a 20-minute drive. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is just a half hour from Round Rock.
The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau knows that every event is different, so it strives to customize its package and services to best fit each event that comes its way. To learn more about what the bureau can do to help make your event a success, contact Nancy Yawn (contact information below).
ContactRound Rock CVB Nancy Yawn
231 E. Main St., Suite 150, Round Rock, TX 78664 512-218-7023