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There are few places in the world that offer as much entertainment, attraction and luxury compared to Kissimmee, Florida. From world-renowned resorts such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, to athletic facilities like ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee’s top-notch commodities make it the ideal place to host a tournament.

Allow Kissimmee to highlight your travel experience with its list of dining options, attractions and quality hospitality. Kissimmee prides itself in hosting numerous events ranging from the NXL World Paintball Championships in November to the Flag Football World Championships scheduled for January 2020. The American Youth Football & Cheerleading Championships will return with significant praise from American Youth Football President, Joe Galat.

“American Youth Football, the world’s largest football event, looks forward each year to being hosted by the Kissimmee Sports Commission,” Galat said. “American Youth Football and Kissimmee Sports Commission have teamed up to create the perfect experience, allowing us to win ‘Best Amateur Sporting Event of the Year’ for the 2019 Sports Tourism Excellence Awards.”

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • NXL World Paintball Championships (November 7–10, 2019)
  • American Youth Football & Cheerleading Championships (December 8–15, 2019)
  • Flag Football World Championships (January 17–20, 2020)
  • RussMatt College Baseball (February 14 – March 31, 2020)
  • Tropical 7’s Rugby (April 10–11, 2020)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Volunteer Staff
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lodging Services
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports

Opened in 1997, the 220-acre complex is a state-of-the-art venue that can host nearly any sport. The complex is the preeminent multisports facility of its kind and features eight venues (including three indoor venues) and features an 80,000-square-foot arena that contains 8,000 seats, a field house with top-of-the-line equipment and broadcast capabilities and a multisport athletic center that supports a variety of events.

The complex also includes a 9,500-seat baseball stadium and a variety of outdoor venues that can host baseball, softball, football, track and field and soccer events. This complex can host a multitude of sports and is designed to give every athlete the best possible competition experience.

Sports: Basketball, football, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, cross country, cheerleading, dance, track and field

Osceola Heritage Park

Osceola Heritage Park

Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park

This climate-controlled facility can accommodate a wide range of events due to its expansive layout. Located on 200 acres, the facility features the 34,000-square-foot Silver Spurs Arena, the 48,000-square-foot Event Center and the 3,500-square-foot Heritage Club. Each space is unique and flexible to host an assortment of sporting events.

Sports: Multipurpose

Austin-Tindall Sports Complex

Austin-Tindall Sports Complex

Near the shores of scenic East Lake Tohopekaliga and just eight miles from the Orlando International Airport, the 115-acre complex consists of 10 fields that host events in soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey and archery contests. The complex also features a 1,500-seat stadium that is expandable to 4,000 seats. Up to 1,700 parking spots and eight bus parking spots are available.

Sports: Football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, archery, paintball, rugby

ChampionsGate Sports Field Complex

Lacrosse Winter Camp at ChampionsGate, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Lacrosse Winter Camp at ChampionsGate, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Exclusive to Omni Orlando Resort guests, ChampionsGate presents a distinctive sports field complex that houses eight professionally maintained regulation size fields. Opened in 2014, this complex located in the heart of Central Florida renders warm weather training year-round for teams and clubs looking for professional fields with all the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort onsite. The facility maintains a parking lot for up to 400 cars. The complex is adjacent to the 800-plus room, Four-Star resort.

Sports: Soccer, lacrosse, rugby

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

A family-friendly destination built for relaxation, Kissimmee Lakefront Park features boating, playgrounds, a splash area, open fields and open parking. Located on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, it is also a world-renowned location for bass fishing. Find a spot to relax and enjoy the scenery at the grassy waterfront park that is filled with walking paths and picnic pavilions.

Sports: Fishing, running, festivals

Fortune Road

Near Orlando’s International Airport, Universal Studios and Sea World, Fortune Road is over 40 acres of full-service athletic facilities, including four lighted softball fields and warm-up areas to support college softball. The complex offers restrooms on site, concessions, a playground as well as covered seating for a comfortable viewing experience. It is also home to over 100 city leagues of Kissimmee on top of a variety of USA, USSSA and AAU tournaments.

Sports: Softball

Things to do in Kissimmee

Plan a day at the magical Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy live shows, water parks, fine dining, golf and more.

Universal Orlando Resort offers a plethora of exclusive theme park options that allow you to immerse yourself in your favorite movies.

A way to cool things down on a hot day is to visit SeaWorld Orlando, which is home to great rides and attractions.

Kayak through the headwaters of the Florida Everglades at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek.

Gatorland offers family-friendly entertainment with live animal shows and interactive tours.

Planner Perspective

“American Youth Football, the world’s largest football event looks forward each year to being hosted by the Kissimmee Sports Commission. American Youth Football and Kissimmee Sports Commission have teamed up to create the perfect experience, allowing us to win “Best Amateur Sporting Event of the Year” for the 2019 Sports Tourism Excellence Awards.”

President American Youth Football: Joe Galat

“Kissimmee Sports has been an essential partner for us in the journey for our event. From the initial launch to the continuing growth, they have helped us become one of the biggest of its kind in North America in a very short amount of time. This successful relationship is reflected in our event winning this year’s award for the “Fastest Growing Event of the Year” at the 2019 Sports Tourism Excellence Awards.”

Tropical 7’s Rugby: John Siner, Executive Director

How to Get to Kissimmee

Orlando International Airport is conveniently located just 25 minutes from Kissimmee. Orlando Sanford International Airport is less than an hour away. This Central Florida destination is also convenient for driving, as Kissimmee is located just off West U.S. Highway 192, which is Kissimmee’s primary tourist corridor; brightly colored guide markers make it easy to navigate.

Contact Information

Company Name: Kissimmee Sports Commission

Sports Sales Manager: John Poole

Title: Executive Director

Telephone: 407-569-4838