It may have a reputation as a region filled with laid-back residents, but the West Coast still contains an abundance of athletes who relish the chance to compete. Fortunately for them, their competitive fire can be stoked in a multitude of top-notch indoor facilities. Here are 12 great indoor facilities in the West, listed alphabetically, that will appeal to those craving competition.
1. Angel of the Winds Arena (Everett, Washington)
Recipient of the International Association of Venue Managers’ prestigious Venue Excellence Award, this 10,000-seat venue is home to the Everett Silvertips hockey club of the Western Hockey League. The arena features two sheets of NHL-sized ice and hosts a variety of events, including hockey, figure skating, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling, volleyball, rodeo, EnduroCross racing and trade shows. The three-story Edward D. Hansen Conference Center is attached and provides three 900-square-foot executive meeting rooms and an 11,000-square-foot ballroom.
2. Bob Keefer Center for Sports & Recreation (Springfield, Oregon)
This 97,000-square-foot center boasts four regulation-sized basketball courts, four indoor tennis courts, three roller derby rinks, 12 volleyball courts and a 33-foot-high rock climbing wall. The venue also sports a 12-foot high bouldering wall, a fitness center, meeting rooms for every gathering, an 18-foot-wide movie screen, preschools with an attached playground and even offers fitness classes.
3. Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
This venue is one of two official Olympic training complexes in the nation and is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. USA Swimming and USA Shooting base their national headquarters on the 35-acre complex that also offers sport venues and support facilities for fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.
4. Fairplex (Pomona, California)
Formerly known as the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds prior to 1984, Fairplex has been the home of the L.A. County Fair since 1922. This multifaceted venue is used year-round to host a variety of events including trade and consumer shows, conventions and sporting events. The Fairplex grounds cover 543 acres, with nearly 325,000 square feet of indoor space. With seven column-free exhibit halls that range from 30,800 to 105,000 square feet, Fairplex can host a range of indoor sports such as roller derby, boxing, karate, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.
5. Ford Park Entertainment Complex (Beaumont, Texas)
One of the premier sports, entertainment and convention destinations of Southeast Texas, Ford Entertainment Complex features five venues that stretch across 221 acres, including 34,000-square-foot Ford Arena, a venue ideal for concerts, conventions and sports events. Ford Arena contains 8,500 stadium-style seats, a 2,448-square-foot VIP club and a 1,107-square-foot party patio while the neighboring 48,000-square-foot Ford Exhibit Hall includes eight individual meeting rooms and can host consumer shows, conventions, concerts, gymnastics and martial arts competitions.
6. Game On Sports Complex (Fort Worth, Texas)
This new multi-use facility features six hardwood basketball courts that convert into 12 volleyball courts. The complex is also home to an APEC world-class training facility as well as several health and wellness partners. Along with Game On Arena Sports, the complex is part of the largest multi-sport center in North Texas, encompassing 190,000 square feet of training and competition space. These venues combine state-of-the-art facilities and offer a home for volleyball, basketball, baseball, football, softball and indoor soccer.
7. Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California)
This complex is home to the Santa Clara University basketball teams and the school’s women’s volleyball programs. The 101,300-square-foot facility contains 4,700 seats and includes bleachers and a suspended scoreboard. In 2016, the center had a one-of-a-kind floor installed, as the court now features a large stain painting of a photograph of Santa Clara University’s iconic Mission Church. A previous $26 million renovation from April 2000 to June 2002 saw the center gain a new roof surrounded by spectacular 23-foot glass walls, new bleachers and a new scoreboard.
8. Mare Island Sports Complex (Vallejo, California)
This versatile 61,000-square-foot complex is built to host numerous sporting events. Mare Island contains two indoor soccer fields, four batting cages, three basketball courts, up to five volleyball courts, a sports café, game room and workout room. The complex has hosted everything from basketball and soccer leagues to dog shows and roller derbies. Mare Island also hosts classes for basketball and crossfit.
9. Reed Arena (Bryan College Station, Texas)
Reed Arena first opened its doors in 1998 and this 12,989-seat events center located on the west side of the Texas A&M campus is home to the Texas A&M men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. Reed Arena contains 25,000 square feet of column-free arena space, which is large enough to accommodate 150 exhibit booths or a 1,800-seat banquet. It also sports two 8,700 square foot practice gymnasiums.
10. Reno Events Center (Reno, Nevada)
A 7,000-seat multipurpose arena located in downtown Reno, the Reno Events Center was constructed in 2005. Every square foot of Reno’s most versatile venue is built for entertainment, from world tour concert kickoffs to boxing matches. Its flexible 7,000-seat capacity and its location in the liveliest part of downtown make it a perfect locale to host events. The center is also home to the NBA G-League’s Reno Bighorns, and has been the host venue for multiple G-League Showcases, the NBA D-League Showcase and the Big Sky men’s and women’s basketball tournament.
11. Round Rock Sports Center (Round Rock, Texas)
The Round Rock Sports Center opened in 2014 and has hosted numerous events including basketball, volleyball, wrestling and table tennis tournaments. The $14.9-million facility boasts 82,000 square feet of indoor space with 47,775 square feet of flexible, open, playable space. Several configurations are available, including six high school basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, three NCAA basketball courts or four badminton/pickleball courts. In addition to the many indoor features, the center has an outdoor pavilion and plaza. The covered pavilion features a multi-sport turf surface, playground and concession area and there are 1,300 seats available for spectators.
12. Strahan Coliseum (San Marcos, Texas)
The 7,200-seat Strahan Coliseum is an $8.8-million facility that can accommodate volleyball, basketball, weightlifting, cheer and dance competitions. The coliseum is home to Texas State University’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The coliseum is undergoing a $54 million expansion, with plans to add 2,300 seats by building out the eastern side of the arena. An additional 81,000 square feet will turn the facility into the multi-use Texas State University Event Center by 2019.