Take advantage of Northern Virginia’s countless parks and venues to make your next event one for the record books.

Looking to step beyond the hustle and bustle of the big city, but not sacrifice the amenities? When planning a sporting event, this can be a fine line to walk, but in Prince William County, Virginia and the City of Manassas, sporting events are part of the landscape. The region offers a huge list of venues to choose from and a staff at Discover Prince William & Manassas ready to help make your event a success.

What can we do in Prince William and Manassas?

As a centerpiece of Northern Virginia, Prince William and Manassas is the perfect place to explore one of the most historic parts of the country and have some fun off the field. The charming and quaint downtowns of Manassas, Haymarket and Occoquan are lined with shops, eateries and historic architecture that makes for a relaxing place to stroll at your own pace. Have a favorite pre-game dining ritual? The region offers all sorts of delicious American and international cuisines to satisfy your cravings.


While you’re taking time to explore, be sure to take advantage of the numerous historical sites in the area, like Manassas National Battlefield, where the Battles of Bull Run took place. Throughout the year there are living history demonstrations, and visitors can explore the grounds on their own. At the FREE National Museum of the Marine Corps, world-class interactive exhibits surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

As soon as you step foot in Prince William and Manassas, you’ll be struck by the scenic surroundings. Get out on the water with a Rivershore sightseeing boat tour, or rent kayaks and canoes to explore the Potomac. To cool off in the humid summer months, head to Splash Down Waterpark with scenic mountains as your backdrop.

X Factors

  • Family-oriented destination
  • Affordable accommodations
  • Easily accessible by Interstate 66 & 95
  • Near Dulles International/Reagan National Airports
  • Geographical location
  • Within a one-day drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population
  • Close to Washington, D.C. attractions
  • Historical prominence
  • Diversity of sports venues
  • Home to the largest outlet mall in Virginia

Planner Perspective

Discover Prince William was extremely instrumental in the development and planning of the inaugural Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Half Marathon. They helped us navigate many of the logistical hurdles associated with a major participant sporting event.

– Rob Dulin, Co-Race Director, Prince William Half Marathon

Bringing one of our championship bass fishing tournaments to Prince William County turned out to be a very smart move. Leesylvania State Park, on the Potomac River, is a great facility. In addition, the staff at the Prince William County/Manassas Convention & Visitors Bureau were awesome to work with. Our contact, Mark Kowalewski, quickly answered every question and solved every issue that arose. We were very pleased with our event host and look forward to bringing another event to Prince William County in the future.

 Bobby Eads, Sr. Vice President, Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail

We have run our 3v3 Live Soccer Regional Final the past 2 years in Prince William and Manassas and couldn’t be happier. From start to finish the staff at Discover Prince William and Manassas has been helpful with connecting us with key local organizations. The location and condition of facilities are top-notch as well. We look forward to coming back next year.

– Michael Tew, President, 3v3 Live Soccer Tour

Sports Venues in Prince William and Manassas

Grizzly Sports Complex

grizzly-sports-complexSports: Archery, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer

Located on 17 acres in Nokesville, about eight miles from downtown Manassas, this private outdoor facility has two synthetic turf football fields that are popular for games and league play. There is parking for 100 cars and seating for 85, with additional standing room around the fields.

Freedom Aquatic Center

freedom-aquatic-fitness-center-2Sports: Swimming and diving

Freedom Aquatic Center in Manassas is the ideal venue for hosting swimming and diving events, with its 50-meter competition pool and two one-meter diving boards. The massive venue has up to 22 lap lanes, seating and standing room for 300 spectators and over 1,000 parking spots. With two moveable bulkheads and overhead audio capabilities, the center was clearly built with the athlete in mind.

Prince William County Fairgrounds

Sports: Archery, running, festivals and endurance events

Home annually to the Prince William County Fair, this Manassas venue is spacious enough for all of your event-planning needs. Over 4,000 spectators can fill the stands, and there are 15,000 parking spots. A clay track and large grassy midway can accommodate a variety of events year-round.

Prince William Ice Center

prince-william-ice-arenaSports: Hockey, ice skating, curling

Athletes will feel at home as they step onto the ice at the Prince William Ice Center, located 20 miles from Historic Downtown Manassas in the town of Woodbridge. Both NHL and Olympic regulation rinks, along with locker rooms, audio and video streaming capabilities, concessions, and parking for nearly 200, make this a top choice for ice sports in the region.

Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center

vertical-rock-3Sports: Indoor rock climbing, team building

Indoor rock climbing gyms are popping up all across the country, and competitive climbing is growing rapidly under the national body, USA Climbing. A host to various competitions, this gym in Manassas is well equipped for groups of all sizes, and can host team-building events as well as offer courses on outdoor climbing in the region.

George Hellwig Memorial Park

Sports: Baseball, basketball (outdoor), lacrosse, running, soccer, softball, T-ball, tennis

Visitors will be amazed at the parks spread across Prince William County. Sprawling and full of fields, courts and trails, George Hellwig Memorial Park in Manassas is just one of many options for hosting your next event. Eight soccer fields, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, two Little League fields, a softball, T-ball, and baseball field, and a running trail are all at your fingertips – just take your pick.

James S. Long Regional Park

Sports: Baseball, basketball (outdoor), hiking, soccer, T-ball, tennis

Another of the region’s favorite parks, James S. Long Regional Park in Haymarket is full of fields and open space to host your athletes, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Manassas. Seven soccer fields, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, two Little League fields, one baseball and T-ball field, and natural trails are all options whether you’re looking for practice space or to host a large-scale tournament.

Veterans Memorial Park

Woodbridge, VA

Sports: Baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, hiking, lacrosse, little league, soccer, softball, volleyball (outdoor)

Just off Occoquan Bay in the Potomac River, this Woodbridge park has four soccer fields, three tennis courts, two football fields, two baseball fields, two Little League fields, one softball field, a basketball and volleyball court, and a natural trail. Situated right next to I-95, it’s easy to reach from Washington and a scenic 20-mile drive from Manassas.

This list is just the beginning of what awaits you in in Prince William County, Virginia. Ask about Ben Lomond Regional Park, Camp Snyder, Elite Shooting Sports, Jiffy Lube Live, Valley View Park, Leesylvania State Park, and Prince William Stadium Complex.

How do we get to Manassas?

By Car: Interstates 66 and 95 both parallel Prince William County and are the most convenient routes in and out of Washington, D.C., with I-95 running south to Richmond and connecting to various coastal Virginia cities.

By Air: Manassas is just 30 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, a major national and international hub. Washington Reagan International Airport in Arlington is another option.

By Train: Several major Amtrak lines run through Manassas. Hop off the train and you’ll find yourself right in the heart of downtown.