Book your next team trip to one of the nation’s oldest cities and experience a combination of high-quality athletic facilities and a lively city brimming with culture.
The best sporting events aren’t all about sports – in fact, your team’s tournament will only be one highlight of your trip to Richmond. Historic sites from Revolutionary America and the Civil War are nestled in the scenic Virginian landscape and provide the perfect backdrop for team bonding and relaxation after games. Both players and their parents will appreciate a sporting event that offers both a wonderful tournament experience and an unforgettable adventure for the whole family.
When planning a sporting event, convenience is key. Richmond is home to several world-class sports facilities with comfortable lodging nearby. Virginia’s rolling hills, bustling cities, renowned monuments, home-style food and unique vibe will leave a lasting impact on your travel group – don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to stay long after the final whistle is blown.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- USA Swimming Futures Championships at SwimRVA (August 2-5, 2018)
- National Junior College Athletic Association Annual Meeting at Doubletree Midlothian (April 2-6, 2019)
- NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championships at Randolph-Macon College (May 25-26, 2019)
- Sportable Wheelchair Basketball Preseason Invitational at Collegiate School (October 26-28, 2018)
- Sports Diversity Jubilee at Dorey Park (May 17-19, 2019)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Lodging Services
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
- Digital Marketing
- Community Connection
- Attendance Building
- Pre and Post Production Meetings
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River City Sportsplex
River City Sportsplex encompasses 115 acres of top-notch athletic fields, including 12 all-weather turf fields, nine of which are fully lighted. In addition to warmup areas, River City Sportsplex includes a plaza and common area with access to electricity, bleachers on both ends, indoor restrooms and a concession stand. The Sportsplex takes spectators into consideration and creates a pleasant atmosphere for parents and familie s by supplying on-site wi-fi and over 1,200 parking spaces. Your team will play their best under the lights on the high-quality turf before heading back to one of the 20+ hotels located only 10 miles from the complex.
Sports: Soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Teams will feel like champions no matter what the score at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, located only minutes from Richmond International Airport. The 700,000-square-foot facility boasts the title as largest convention center in Virginia with 180,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. Spectators will enjoy the 250-seat food court and lounge overlooking the courts, 1,100 parking spots for easy transportation, Cyber Café and business center with free wi-fi access. When it comes to athletic facilities, bigger is better – so why not give your sports team the best?
Sports: Volleyball, cheerleading, dance, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, taekwondo and gymnastics, meetings & conventions
Swim RVA is the perfect destination for your team’s next swim meet. The 54,000-square-foot facility features a 50-meter competition pool that was used for the 2008 Olympic Team Trials, where records were broken by the world’s best swimmers. In addition, the facility provides athletes with a warmup pool and a warm-water therapy pool. Spectators will be comfortable in the 700-seat grandstand and will appreciate the five 50-inch HD TVs, free wi-fi access and ample parking space. The state-of-the-art air and water filtration systems, Omega starting blocks and competition venue lighting will inspire your athletes to perform at their best.
Sports: Swimming, water polo
Opened in March 2018, the new 88-acre, tournament-quality athletic complex in Henrico County, features an eight-court premium sand volleyball facility and four lighted multi-purpose organic infill synthetic athletic fields.
This park, which integrates four restored RF&P train cars into its grandstand design, includes three youth softball fields, one 13-and-up baseball stadium, three 12-and-under baseball fields and one football/soccer field. The park’s largest facility is Glen Allen Stadium, which seats 850 and has hosted many national tournaments. The stadium includes a full electronic scoreboard, a lighted playing field with a tarp and bullpens.
Sports: Baseball, softball, football, soccer
This 400-acre park is conveniently located 10 minutes from Richmond International Airport and features abundant competition fields and amazing amenities for the traveling fan. The park features six (4 slow pitch and 6 fast pitch compatible) softball fields, seven 12-and-under baseball fields, one 13-and-up baseball field and seven football/soccer fields with one field featuring a 500 seat grandstand. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course, five miles of horseback riding trails, a fishing pier and nearly two miles of hiking trails.
Sports: Baseball, softball, football, soccer, disc golf
Things to do in Richmond
Virginia’s capital welcomes visitors to explore its group-friendly attractions. Capture historic sightings at the Virginia State Capitol, where the country’s oldest legislative body presides. Go on tours of the capitol’s exhibitions, all of which tell the story of the nation’s legislative system, the state building’s founding and its pivotal role in the Civil War. Stay on the history trail with a walk on the Virginia Capital Trail. The capital trail stretches for about 52 miles between Richmond and Jamestown. Whether you’re walking or biking along this path, you will encounter various courthouses, forests and rivers. You will even pass through the homelands of presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison and Revolutionary War battlegrounds.
Also a part of Richmond’s outdoor attractions, James River awaits those who enjoy white water rafting and boating. This 348-mile wonder starts in the Appalachians and continues into the Chesapeake Bay, making for an unforgettable tour of the city’s natural beauty. The King Dominion Amusement Park, just 20 miles away from Richmond, provides another day of outdoor fun. This large attraction features 12 roller coaster, five thrilling rides and different passes every season. The whole family can also enjoy shows at the PEANUT Playhouse. All your shopping can be done at the Carytown Shopping/Entertainment District. This shopping center caters to all your needs, from new clothes to health and beauty treatments to special treats for your team.
We have worked with Tourism Departments all over the country on large scale athletic events and can honestly say that working with the Richmond Region Tourism team has been incredible. They have been accommodating at every turn and have helped make our events in Richmond very successful. Great event venues and great attractions keep all of our participants and fans excited about visiting Richmond every year.
Corrigan Sports Enterprises: Lee Corrigan (President)
USA Fencing holds 8 National tournaments each year and frequently places competitions in Richmond, VA. Richmond Region Tourism not only understands the sports market but the specific needs of our organization and the athletes that attend our competitions. In some cities, once the contracts are signed, the CVB or Sports Commission is done with our event. In Richmond, signing the contracts is just the beginning of the process as they are by our side prior to, during and following the tournament. They assist with logistics, marketing, press and bring their expertise to the table to ensure our tournaments are successful. USA Fencing is pleased to say that we have been a long time partner with Richmond Region Tourism and look forward to continuing this partnership going forward.
USA Fencing: Christine Strong Simmons (Director of Operations)
How to Get to Richmond
By Air: The Richmond International Airport, located only 8 miles from downtown Richmond, is home to all major air carriers, including low-cost carriers such as Allegiant Air, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines and Southwest.
By Car: Due to Richmond’s advantageous location, it’s only within a day’s drive to half of the U.S. population by Interstates 64, 295 and 95.
Company Name: Richmond Region Tourism
Sports Sales Manager: J.C. Poma
Title: Sports Development Manager