Looking for that perfect East Coast tournament spot? Look no further than Sumter, South Carolina, where you are in the middle of everything. The city of Sumter is in the heart of the community with a total city and county population of 108,123. Come enjoy an outdoor lover’s paradise with an abundance of leisure activities, including a vibrant arts culture and superb sport facilities. More than enough exciting attractions orbit this wonderful community as well. In Sumter, you’re just a 90-minute drive from the state’s beautiful beaches, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are only three hours to the north-west.
Sumter, South Carolina proudly houses Shaw Air Force Base, which inspired the town motto “Uncommon Patriotism.” Truly, Sumter loves nothing more than showing visitors the town’s “uncommon” personality, offering visitors a hometown feel with the conveniences of a large city.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Women’s 25k Pro Circuit Event (June 10-17, 2018)
- USTA National Zonal Team Championships (July 26-30, 2018)
- TriSumter Triathlon (October 20, 2018)
- Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Regional Championships (September 27-30, 2018)
- American Double Dutch League World Championships (June 14-16)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Lodging Services
- Grant Programs
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
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Palmetto Tennis Center
The Palmetto Tennis Center at Palmetto Park boasts 24 state-of-the-art, hard-surface tennis courts with lighting for night play. Other amenities include shaded stadium and courtside bleacher seating, cool water misters, a bistro-style seating area, a shelter area with picnic tables, two ball machines, stringing service, pro shop and a locker-showers facility. The tennis facility is conveniently located adjacent to a playground and spray park.
Tennis tournament knowledge is paramount to a facility’s continued success. The PTC’s years of successful new and returning events and tournaments come from experience. In April of 2004, the PTC opened the doors to the Conference Carolinas and added a fall individual event soon after. Collegiate play also includes the Southeast Regionals and National Small College Championships. They’ve learned from the best by hosting annually a Women’s 25K Pro Circuit Event since 2008 and the National Zonal TEAM Championship since 2013, as well as four junior state tournaments.
The public Aquatics Center’s six-lane, 25-meter pool meets requirements for competition swim meets with its unique design and is fully equipped with swim lanes, diving blocks, and electronic timer and touch pads. Each year, the center hosts more than 11 swim meets for the city league, community invitational and high school. In October, the center is host to the TriSumter Triathlon. The sprint triathlon includes a 300-yard swim in the heated six-lane pool, continues on with a 16-mile bike ride and wraps up with a 5k run at the Aquatics Center. For the recreational swimmer, the center is open six days a week and is swimmer-friendly for all ages. The Aquatics Center also has a twisting tube waterslide, an adjustable spray fountain and a wading pool with beach entrance for easy access. This official American Red Cross facility boasts an experienced training staff for the Sumter community. Training is available for lifeguards and water safety instructors. Stroke and turn training for volunteers and staff to assist at swim meets is also available.
Things to do in Sumter
There’s plenty to do in Sumter when you need to unwind from your latest game. Enjoy the local artistic community by visiting spots like Sumter Little Theater, Sumter Opera House, or the Sumter County Gallery of Art. In between games, teams can be inspired by the local artists and performers and support the local community at the same time.
Sumter offers much natural beauty for its visitors to enjoy, with nature trails through Crosswell, Memorial and Palmetto parks, among others. The crowning jewel would have to be Swan Lake Iris Gardens, a vast collection of expertly maintained gardens with sections like the Butterfly, Chocolate and Camellia gardens. Local eateries offer a diverse range of cuisines, from Sambino’s Bistro, Asian Barbecue, Willie Sue’s and Hamptons to J. O’Grady’s, in historic downtown Sumter to Baker’s Sweet.s Bakery & Cafe’. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste.
Sports enthusiasts may have one of the unique opportunities to visit Riley Park while attending a tennis tournament or a swim meet. Riley Park opened in 1934 and has hosted everything from their most loyal baseball programs since 1929, the American Legion Baseball Program, college and high school games to professional minor league baseball in its history. Due to the loyal fan base in Sumter many Sectional and Regional tournaments have been held in the newly renovated 2,000-seat professional stadium with a full service concessions area and press box. On some rare occasions the Sumter folks have an opportunity to see one of Sumter’s local celebrity’s, Bobby Richardson out at the field’s; Riley Park and the Bobby Richardson Ball Field in Palmetto Park. In 1952 during those formative years Bobby played shortstop on the Sumter American Legion team that, under Coach Hutchinson, won the state championship. He went on to play second base with the New York Yankees and after five golden glove awards, seven world series and more he and his family retired back in his hometown, Sumter, South Carolina.
How to Get to Sumter
By Car: Several major roads intersect in Sumter. Routes 76 and 521 come in from the west and north-west, respectively, while Route 15 bisects the town from north to south, with Route 521 accompanying the southern portion of 15. Coming in from the east and northeast are Routes 378, 401 and the other tail of Route 76.
By Air: Sumter’s two nearest commercial airports are Florence Regional Airport and Columbia Metropolitan Airport, with Florence roughly 50 miles to the east of Sumter and Columbia roughly 50 miles to the west. Teams can expect to arrive in town from the airports in just over an hour.
Company Name: City of Sumter
Sports Sales Manager: Susan H. Wild
Title: Recreation Programs & Facilities Director