Convenient, compact and civilized, this community just north of Boston is ideal for sports tournaments.

Before, after, and between games, sports travel groups will find lots to do in the Greater Merrimack Valley. Top among the attractions are cultural and historical treasures. The city of Lowell hosts a number of festivals that celebrate its past and an increasingly diverse present; it’s also a great place to catch a symphony or take in live music at the UMass amphitheater.

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Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell


Home to UMass Lowell’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and to the men’s college hockey team, the Tsongas Center is one of the area’s premier sports venues. With a seating capacity of 6,500, this multi-purpose arena has also hosted high school wrestling tournaments, cheerleading tournaments and other sporting events. The spacious lobby, LED signage, a video board and new sound system provide a professional feel. Guests will enjoy viewing the game from comfy chairback seats; five luxury suites are also available.

Sports: Hockey, basketball, wrestling, tennis, cheerleading, figure skating

Edward A. LeLacheur Park

LeLacheur Park Bird's Eye Wiew Daytime, Lowell

LeLacheur Park is home to the minor league Lowell Spinners baseball team, and the park itself was named one of that league’s best in 2017. The park comes fully equipped with seating for 5,00 people, lots of concession stands, restrooms, a press box and dugouts. Parking is available in the East Campus parking garage, which is adjacent to the ball park.


Cawley Memorial Stadium Complex


This popular sports complex can seat up to 6,000 fans and offers lit fields for nighttime play. It is the home field for Lowell High School’s football team as well as the Lowell Nor’easter, a minor-league football team. The facility includes separate areas for field hockey, softball, soccer and track as well as practice areas.

Sports: Football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, baseball

Cushing Field Complex

Another of UMass Lowell’s excellent sporting venues, the Cushing Field Complex is ideal for hosting outdoor soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey games.  It consists of two artificial turf playing fields:  The green field hosts men’s lacrosse and all soccer games, while the blue field — nicknamed Wicked Blue — hosts field hockey and women’s lacrosse. Both fields were recently renovated, and both feature a press box and bleacher seating.  Ample onsite parking is available.

Sports: Field hockey, lacrosse, soccer

Bellegarde Boathouse

Belleguard Boathouse

As is fitting for a region that takes its name after a body of water, the Bellegarde Boathouse at UMass Lowell is an ideal place to explore the Merrimack River a bit more competitively. The Boathouse hosts the UMass Lowell rowing team and the University’s kayak center; while the facility cannot be rented in its entirety, a 2,000-square-foot deck is available for private groups.  The Boathouse provides rental canoes, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards as well as instructional courses for adults and children.

Sports: Rowing, recreational canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking

What is There to Do in Greater Merrimack Valley?

UML Campus Rec Center, Basketball Court

If music doesn’t hold your group’s attention, try exploring the art museums and galleries, hiking through the parks, or visiting the historic sites. While the region has no shortage of things historical, you’ll find a quite a few iconic places in and around Concord, Lowell, and Lexington. And don’t forget the food. You’ll find a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, including Thai, Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, and Italian.

Lowell High School

Planner Perspective

“As director of the Great Race, I have traveled all over the United States and Canada scouting locations for our event, but I had never been to Lowell, Mass., in my life until 2013. I have been three times since and they have each been some of the best days I have ever spent. From the minute I got to town I wanted to have our event come to the community because of how friendly everyone was to me. You could see on their faces how proud they are of Lowell and how hard they work to show it off. And when I saw downtown – from the cobblestone to the wonderful architecture on Middle Street – I knew we had to come to Lowell.

One of the unfortunate things about our event is that we go to different places every year, so we don’t get back to communities for a second time very often. But the Great Race will be back to Lowell one day in the future because of how wonderful we were treated.”

Jeff Stumb, Race Director of the Great Rac

“When you drive through Lowell, Massachusetts the last thing you would expect is that this little city could host a major sporting event like the Fed Cup. But once you stay here and look around, once you soak in the atmosphere and emotions that were put into this week, you realize that you can’t measure heart and enthusiasm by the mile”

Greg Laub, – Expert from article discussing the 2003 Fed Cup, USA vs. Czech Republic held at Lowell’s Tsongas Arena.

How to get to Greater Merrimack Valley?

Groups traveling into the Greater Merrimack Valley area will have no shortage of transportation options.

By air:  This area is served by two airports, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport. Both lie between 30 and 50 miles from most of the cities in the Valley; Manchester Regional to the north, and Logan to the south.  Delta, United, Southwest and American Airlines serve Manchester, while Logan Airport, one of the nation’s busiest, accepts additional carriers.

By car:  Two Interstates – I-93 and I-495 – traverse the Valley region.  Roughly speaking, the Greater Merrimack Valley is 4 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Burlington, Vermont, 1.5 hours from Portland, Maine,  and 1 hour from Concord, New Hampshire.

Contact Information

Company Name: Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sports Sales Manager: Tom Fitzmaurice
Title: Executive Director
Telephone: 978-459-6150