Latin for “heart of the valley,” Corvallis was initially called Marysville, but a dispute with a California town along a main stagecoach route led to the town changing its name to Corvallis in late 1853. The county seat of Benton County can be found at the eastern edge of the Oregon Coast Range and is best known as the home of Oregon State University, a school renowned for forestry, oceanography, tech, and – under Pat Casey’s watch – baseball.
With OSU’s success at both a regional level among its peers in the Pac-12 Conference and on the national stage, it’s only natural that sporting success would trickle down to youth programs. The result has yielded some top-notch tournament facilities, ready to host your next stay. If you’re in town for an event, consider a stay at any of Corvallis’ fine lodging accommodations, including the Holiday Inn Express Corvallis-On the River, Comfort Suites, Best Western Corvallis, Hilton Garden Inn, or Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Ultimate Frisbee Tournament; Aug. 4-5, 2018 and Aug. 3-4, 2019; Crystal Lake Sports Complex
- USA Ultimate Frisbee Tournament; Sept. 7-8, 2019; Crystal Lake Sports Complex
- 32nd Mudslinger Classic MTB XC; April 6, 2019; Starker Forest
- Benton County Rodeo; July 31 – Aug. 2, 2019; Benton County Fairgrounds (Annual Event)
- Collegiate Water Polo Association NW Division Match; Oct. 5-6, 2019; Osborn Aquatic Center
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- Oregon State University
- Crystal Lake Sports Complex
- Osborn Aquatic Center
- Corvallis Parks and Rec. Sports Fields
- Benton County Fairgrounds
- Alsea Falls Recreation Site
- Timberhill Tennis Club
Oregon State University
As the largest university in the state, Oregon State University features some premier athletic facilities. Reser Stadium, home of the school’s football team, seats 43,363, while the Valley Football Center building was renovated in 2017 to increase its size to nearly 100,000 square feet. The P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center was remodeled late in the summer of 2019 to include new equipment, a Gatorade Fuel Bar and more. Gill Coliseum seats 9,604 for basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball competitions and can additionally host other indoor sports. OSU has many other tournament-ready facilities and hosts the annual Willamette Volleyball Classic each May.
Crystal Lake Sports Complex
The Crystal Lake Sports Complex features an impressive display of outdoor fields. With eight to 10 soccer fields, nine baseball fields and one large bocce court, the southeast part of Corvallis is well serviced here. A gorgeous natural array of trees and shrubs from the neighboring Kendall Farms Natural Area surrounds the fields, while a multi-modal path separates the fields and joins Willamette Park with Willamette Boat Landing. The Complex hosted the USA Ultimate Frisbee Tournament from September 7-8 in 2019.
Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Bocce, Ultimate Frisbee
Osborn Aquatic Center
Four indoor pools highlight the tremendous Osborn Aquatic Center. The Center primarily features an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool that is 165 feet long by 56 feet wide and holds 490,000 gallons of water. A moveable bulkhead divides the pool between its eight lap lanes. Osborn hosted the Collegiate Water Polo Association NW Division Match in early October of 2019.
Sports: Swimming and Diving, Water Polo
Corvallis Parks and Rec. Sports Fields
The Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department has many sports fields spread throughout the city, affording for a slew of tournament-ready venues. Avery Park and Crystal Lakes Sports Complex combine for 12 baseball fields, while Willamette Park and Crystal Lake Sports Complex combine for 12 soccer fields. Cloverfield Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park have additional baseball fields, while Garfield Park has another soccer field. Chintimini Park features softball fields, sand volleyball courts and – coming in 2020 – brand new pickleball courts while disc golf can be found at Willamette Disc Golf Course and horseshoe is available at Avery Park Horseshoe Pits.
Sports: Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Disc Golf, Cross Country
Benton County Fairgrounds
Cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo queens put on a show at the Benton County Fair, where rodeo is all the rage on weeknights in the summertime. Watch these cowpokes compete in activities like barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping. The Fairgrounds are also home to a number of equestrian shows each year.
Sports: Rodeo, Equestrian
Alsea Falls Recreation Site
Located in Oregon’s Coast Range, the site of the Alsea Falls XC Race provides a gorgeous natural backdrop in the titular Falls for hikers, runners and bikers. The Fall Creek trailhead provides more than 12 miles of trails specially made for mountain bikers, though hikers are welcome to explore as well.
Sports: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, BMX, Fishing
Timberhill Tennis Club
Timberhill Tennis Club offers six indoor and two outdoor tennis courts, the former of which are built into a newer metal building as well as an original wood-framed structure. With the outdoor courts nestled into the surrounding hillside, you’ll have a great view regardless of if you’re on the court or in the stands. A small pro shop, spacious clubhouse, locker room facilities and views of Courts No. 1, 2 and 3 round out this facility, which hosted both the Corvallis Junior Championships and the Willamette Valley Open & NTRP in August of 2019.
What is There to Do in Corvallis?
The Osborn Aquatic Center features four indoor pools, including an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool. And if that wasn’t enough, take it outside and make a splash at the Center’s Otter Beach waterpark.
Opening in early 2020, the Corvallis Museum will feature hands-on art projects, storytelling and artifacts as guests are transported back in time to learn about the Oregon Trail, the original settlers of Kalapuya, 19th century games, clothing and more.
First constructed as a vaudeville house in 1913, the Majestic Theatre reopened in 1990 as a community theater and is a great place to see a play, host a meeting or take a class. While just a few block away, the historic Whiteside Theatre features Renaissance architecture and plays classic movies on Wednesday nights.
With more than 15 hiking and biking trails spanning more than 60 miles, navigating Corvallis’ trail system to find an outdoor option that works best for you is easy.
Beautiful stores offering unique shopping options are matched by friendly owners waiting to welcome you when you visit downtown Corvallis. Walk along the scenic Willamette Riverwalk to take in the night air while choosing which of more than 40 restaurants you’d like to dine at and then indulge your inner virtuoso at an art gallery.
How to get to Corvallis?
By Car: Corvallis is located about 10-15 miles west of Interstate 5, while state Route 99 drives right through it.
By Air: If you’re flying in, Portland International Airport (PDX) is the closest major airport, located northeast of Corvallis. The Eugene Airport is also available as a closer, but smaller, airport option.
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