Planning a Redding Sporting Event is a Slam Dunk

A medley of renowned fishing, kayaking and hiking trails paired with state-of-the-art sports facilities make Redding a premier destination for sports events in the golden state.


Redding, California

When people ponder about the essence of Northern California, a few things will probably come to mind: extensive vineyards, redwood forests, a dramatic Pacific coastline and one-of-a-kind of outdoor scenery, like Lake Shasta, to indulge in year-round. Redding in particular is a destination known for its boundless outdoor adventures, from fishing and hiking to kayaking and biking.

As the second sunniest city in the U.S., seeing over 320 total days of sunshine throughout the year, Redding has also been named a “Top 10 Fishing Town in North America” by Forbes Magazine and the “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” by Time Magazine. Known as the trail capital of America, Redding has also been hailed as the “gem of the U.S. trail system” by the San Francisco Chronicle. With so many remarkable awards and recognitions, it’s no wonder people are flocking to Redding to experience all that it has to offer.

More than 600 square miles of state and national parks and forests open to the public extend within a 30-mile radius of Redding, showcasing picturesque scenery and exciting hiking opportunities. Redding makes planning the details of a sports events a breeze with hundreds of family-friendly eateries and 2,000 rooms with varying price points and amenities to choose from. Planning a sports event in Redding, California will not disappoint.

Popular Activities

  • Explore world renowned exhibits and get up close and personal with the wildlife at Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • Awaken your inner geologist and explore ancient formations when you undergo a tour at the Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark.
  • The Sacramento National Recreation River Trail offers stunning views as you wind around the Sacramento River.
  • McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park features vast forests and five miles of lake shoreline in the shadow of the Cascade Range.
  • Uncover beautiful crystal-clear waters and the history of the California Gold Rush at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

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For athletes of all ages, and their families, we have so much to offer here, and it’s such a unique and beautiful setting. We are here to help in every way we can, so teams, families, and spectators have an amazing experience here in Redding, both on and off the field!

Sabrina Jurisich, Sports Commissioner, Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Facility Summaries

Big League Dreams Sports Parks

Sports Covered: Baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, roller derby

At Big League Dreams Sports Parks, the name says it all. This facility in Redding is dedicated to giving the average youth or adult player the chance to have the feeling of playing in the big leagues by creating smaller replicas of famous ballparks, such as Boston’s Fenway Park, New York’s Yankee Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The facility’s 20,000-square-foot climate-controlled field house is equipped for hockey, soccer and volleyball leagues. The baseball and softball playing fields feature stadium-style seating with the capacity to seat 200 spectators. Other amenities at the sports park include batting cages, a playground and Stadium Club Restaurant. The facility played host to top tournaments from USA Fastpitch Softball, All Star Tournaments Fastpitch, TMS Softball, All World Sports Baseball and more during the 2019 season. 

California Soccer Park

Sports Covered: Soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football

A nonprofit sporting facility connecting communities, enriching lives and inspiring families, teams and athletes through high quality experiences, California Soccer Park fosters respect, competition and accountability. The soccer park is devoted to delivering excellence through innovation in a safe environment for athletes, featuring a 22-acre facility with four NCAA sized lighted synthetic turf fields for year-round play, paved walkways, elevated seating, 2,000-square-feet of covered seating with ceiling fans and a full-service restaurant. There is a small entrance fee on game days and during tournaments. Pets, food and drinks are not allowed inside the park, but water is provided for athletes. The facility was the host site for some top tournaments in 2019, including the Whiskeytown Quickdraw 3v3 and The Smash Cup ‘19, the latter of which partnered with Nor-Cal Think Pink. All four fields were recently replaced and upgraded.

Redding Aquatic Center

Sports Covered: Swimming, rowing, boating, paddleboarding, diving

A leading destination for aquatic sports, Redding Aquatic Center offers a variety of classes and practice facilities, including the Kid’s Sailing Camp, a course designed to give a general knowledge of the marine world through study and hands-on sailing experience. The Shasta Rowing Association is dedicated to the education of the art of Olympic-style rowing, featuring rowing courses for children and adults. For first-time divers or anyone looking to improve their headfirst entry, the aquatic center offers diving lessons focusing on forward diving techniques from the deck and one-meter diving board. Private swim lessons and various special events are also held throughout the year.

Redding Civic Auditorium

Sports Covered: Wrestling, boxing, martial arts

With approximately 120,000 visitors to the facility annually, Redding Civic Auditorium is run by Advance Redding, a public benefit nonprofit established in 2011 to manage and revitalize the auditorium. The venue can accommodate between 1,100 and 2,200 spectators, with the ability to remove seats to be used for display space, exhibits, entertainment or sports events. Concessions at the venue include Premiere Catering and River Rock Café, featuring a variety of snacks and drinks. Amenities at the facility include restrooms and wheelchair accessibility.

Shasta Lake

Sports Covered:Fishing, mountain biking, cross country, rowing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, equestrian

A hub for water sports, Shasta Lake is a cherished Redding destination and arguably the area’s most popular attraction. Featuring the ninth tallest and second largest concrete dam in the U.S., Shasta Lake has endless mountain biking trails, such as Clikapudi Trail, the most extensively developed trail at the lake that takes about two hours to walk and is popular amongst mountain bikers, equestrians and trail runners. As the state’s largest reservoir, the lake extends 30,000 acres and is a dream for bass, crappie, catfish and sturgeon fishers. For family members of athletes, the lake offers a free tour of Shasta Dam and guided tours of Lake Shasta Caverns.

Redding Rodeo

Sports Covered: Rodeo

A one-of-a-kind experience, Redding Rodeo offers educational experiences like Western Heritage Day, a program for local elementary schools where students are brought to the grounds of the rodeo to learn about Western education, featuring rodeo slack events, group chats with cowboys and cowgirls, specialty acts and talks about the care given to the rodeo horses. Anticipated events throughout the year include Bulls and Barrels, an evening of PRCA Xtreme Bull riders and WPRA champion barrel racers.

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Sabrina Jurisich

Sabrina Jurisich

Sports Commissioner

Telephone: 530-225-4103