If you’re organizing a sports tournament, then you have a lot on your plate. From youth athletics, to amateur and professional sporting events, Butler County, PA has what you are searching for. Book your sporting event in Butler County, PA today and take advantage of our great facilities, including multi-use fields, professional ballparks, ice complexes, championship disc golf courses, raceways, bowling centers, equestrian facilities, scenic trails, a State Park with a 3,225-acre lake perfect for open swim or fishing and much more!

Our county offers more than 2,500 hotel rooms, a multitude of group-friendly dining options and family-centered entertainment for all. We are confident your athletes and spectators will not want to leave.

To make matters even more attractive, the Butler County Sports Commission offers a wide range of services to take the stress out of planning.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • PA State Athletic Conference Baseball Championships (Historic Pullman Park)
  • United States Hockey League (UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex)
  • Pittsburgh Power Softball Battle in the Burgh, Cranberry (Community Park)
  • Mighty Moraine Man Triathlon (Moraine State Park)
  • Tough Mudder (Cooper’s Lake)
  • PA State USBC Women’s Bowling Association (Family Bowlaway)
  • World Disc Golf Championship (Slippery Rock University)
  • USCAA Small College World Series (Historic Pullman Park)
  • North American Unicycling Convention & Championship (Seneca Valley School District)
  • Miracle League of Southwestern PA Baseball All-Star Game (Graham Park)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Professional bid development
  • Multi-year contract negotiations
  • Assistance with Planned Group Outings
  • Recommendations of Entertainment Option to Suit Your Group
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Housing Negotiations through Professional Housing System
  • Connection to Event Support Staff such as Referees, Officials, Umpires, Trainers, Etc.
  • Bid Development
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Venue/Facility Procurement
  • Sponsorship Development
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Government Relations & City Support Services
  • Media Relations
  • Entertainment & Hospitality
  • Economic Impact Reports

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UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is the primary practice and training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as a comprehensive outpatient facility for UPMC Sports Medicine. This first-of-its-kind facility in the Pittsburgh region is a true partnership between two world-class organizations. The facility is dedicated to treating, training, and inspiring athletes at every level.

This multi-use facility is a destination for athletes of all ages and skill levels seeking sports medicine, performance, and rehabilitation expertise as well as hockey-specific skills and performance training.

The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex prepares athletes of all levels and hosts various tournaments, such as the United States Hockey League.

Sports: Hockey, Ice Skating

Cooper’s Lake

Tough Mudder (Cooper’s Lake

Immerse yourself with the ultimate versatility of Cooper’s Lake Campground.  More than 450 acres with a variety of terrains will suit your needs, include a 10-acre lake, wooded areas and mowed fields.

The rolling hills, countryside and backcountry trails contributes to a challenging obstacle course, making Cooper’s Lake a recurring destination for Pittsburgh’s Tough Mudder. This hardcore, 10-12 mile obstacle course includes mud run challenges designed to test strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit.

Sports: Various

Slippery Rock University

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Known as one of Western Pennsylvania’s largest college campuses, Slippery Rock University covers 611 acres and houses 17 varsity sports in several modern facilities. These include, a baseball stadium with 1,800+ seats, a Stadium that can host multiple sports, including football, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and track and field. It has a synthetic turf field and is capable of hosting a crowd of 10,000 people, full-sized fenced in Soccer fields, one varsity field that can accommodate 300+ people, and a Fieldhouse is capable of hosting 2,500+ people.

Sports: Baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, dek hockey, tennis, pickleball, basketball

Graham Park

Graham Park

This gorgeous park features 13 lighted fields for baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, and football. Other unique features include a Dek Hockey rink, tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball and three exercise stations.

Sports: Baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, dek hockey, tennis, pickleball, basketball

Moraine State Park

Glacier Ridge Ultramarathon by Dave Adams at Moraine State Park

Glacier Ridge Ultramarathon at Moraine State Park. Credit: Dave Adams

Moraine State Park stretches across Butler County for nearly 16,800 acres, including 1,750 square-feet of beautiful beaches. While the park is open for leisurely activity, planners will find prime spaces for a variety of competitive biking and outdoor sports. During the summer, athletes can take their mountain bikes out on six miles or hike along 38 miles of trails. Winter brings on the opportunity to ski or snowmobiling for 26 miles. Test your skills of endurance at the park’s Mighty Moraine Man Triathlon. The 3,225-acre Lake Arthur runs on Butler County’s west side with 10 boat launch areas for canoeing, fishing, windsurfing and much more. Finish the day with a picnic until the sun sets.

Sports: Biking, cross-country skiing, disc golfing, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, fishing

Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park

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Kelly Automotive/Pullman Park is a first class ball park, with first rate amenities, including a modern playing surface, broadcast and press box- and a large concession area and gift shop. Customer catering and conference/banquet rooms are available for your organization’s meetings, events and outdoor activities. Notable players who played at Pullman Park were Whitey Ford from the NY Yankees and Joe DiMaggio. Josh Gibson from the old Negro leagues is said to have hit one of the longest baseballs ever at Pullman Park.

Sports: Baseball

Things to do in Butler County

Butler County is known to many as one of the top nature-filled destinations of the Northeast. Explore the nearly 16,800-acre, Moraine State Park where there are thousands of trails for every outdoor activity, including biking, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing and swimming. Visitors may even go sailing or paddleboarding on the park’s calm lake.

Take the excitement indoors to Family Bowlaway Fun Center  continues to evolve providing more services, attractions, and FUN for the entire family! Within Family Bowlaway, enjoy regular or cyber bowling, our game arcade, or tag your friends in Laser Storm. In the BackAlley enjoy duckpins, bocce, and pig skins and pins. If you’re looking for more amusement, the Fun Fore All Entertainment Center provides award-winning mini golf courses, arcades, go-carts and batting cages. Kids will especially enjoy climbing a four-story playpen and whizzing through the venue on amusement rides with their friends.

Families will enjoy a day out at Lernerville Speedway, Butler County’s prime destination for professional auto racing and monster truck rallies. The track has numerous exciting competitions that are sure to have you on the edge of your seats. During the day, treat yourself to fashionable and affordable finds at Grove City Premium Outlets, one of the country’s largest malls. This mall houses over 130 stores and a food court—not to mention a store featuring official merchandise for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Planner Perspective

For over 15 years I have been organizing events in Butler County. I now organize the only Triathlon Series in the county. I could not do this without the support of the county, Moraine State Park and most of all, Butler County Tourism and the Butler County Sports Commission. Their support helps us to secure our location, sponsors, vendors and participants. They also support us with grants opportunities and marketing. Butler County has so much to offer. If you have not been to an event in our county, please join us. If you are looking to hold an event, look no further than Butler County.

Get Fit Families/Mighty Moraine Man Race Series: Joella Baker

Our partnership with Butler County Sports Commission/Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau (BCTCB) was instrumental to our successful hosting of the 2015 PDGA Pro Disc Golf Championships. BCTCB helped us win the bid, line up the host hotel and other player accommodations, as well as connecting us with local sponsors and venues for what the Professional Disc Golf Association called “one of, if not, the best Pro Disc Golf World Championships ever!

2015 PDGA Pro Disc Golf: J. Gary Dropcho and Chas Ford

How to Get to Butler County

By Car: Planners that are driving to Butler County are within reasonable distances from big cities such as Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, New York City and Baltimore. Take interstates 70, 76 and 80 from any of these cities into Butler County. If you’re traveling from north or south, I-79 is the most convenient route to connect to from there, while I-80 travels from east or west.

By Air: The Pittsburgh International Airport, just 30 minutes away from Butler’s county line, is the most convenient airport to get to where you need to be. The airport is serviced by 16 airlines, including Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.

Contact Information

Sports Sales Manager: Brianna Kaiser
Title: Sports Sales & Events Manager
Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau
310 E. Grandview Ave.
Zelienople, PA 16063
Tel: (724) 234-4619
Fax: (724) 234-4643