No Matter Your Interest, Central/Polk County FL Has Sports for Everyone

For the best weather and an incredible array of sports venues, host your tourney in Polk County


Polk County, Florida

Polk County, Florida is more than just a beautiful locale with pristine weather. It’s also a perfect destination to host your next sporting event. It houses a multitude of excellent facilities including the RP Funding Center (a multipurpose entertainment complex in Lakeland) and Lake Myrtle Sports Park (a multi-purpose sports complex with nine collegiate-sized baseball fields and 11 lighted soccer fields).

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RP Funding Center

RP Funding Center

Sports Covered: Basketball, soccer, events

The RP Funding Center is a multipurpose entertainment complex in Lakeland, comprising a convention center, arena and theater. It is home to the Florida Tropics SC of the Major Arena Soccer League and the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic’s affiliate in the NBA G League. Opened in 1974, the complex is home to Jenkins Arena (capacity: 8,178), YouKey Theatre (2,236), Exhibit Hall (2,834), Sikes Hall (1,865), Lake Hollingsworth Ballroom (468), Lake Parker Room (164) and Lake Morton Room (110).

Lake Myrtle Sports Park

Lake Myrtle Sports Park  

Sports Covered: Baseball, lacrosse, flag football

This multi-purpose sports complex consists of nine collegiate-sized baseball fields featuring electronic scoreboards, oversized dugouts, home and visitor bullpens and batting cages. It also has 11 lighted soccer fields. Events hosted at Lake Myrtle have varied from the National Dog Agility Championships to regional rugby championships as well as lacrosse, flag football and the Russ Matt Central Florida Baseball Invitational, the largest collegiate baseball tournament in the nation.

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AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center

Sports Covered: Basketball, volleyball

A multi-purpose building in Winter Haven features a 58,400-square-foot multi-use gymnasium space (with seating for 800) as well as a second-floor observation area. It also houses numerous meeting rooms, six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, a blackbox theater, classroom space and a workout area.

Northeast Regional Park

Northeast Regional Park 

Sports Covered: Soccer

The 83-acre park includes six soccer/football fields with 4 brand new, turfed collegiate baseball fields, a concession stand, a pavilion for special events, picnic facilities and an exercise trail and a dog park. It also has lights for nighttime play and seating can be brought in if needed.

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Sports Covered: Baseball

This 8,500-seat stadium in Lakeland was opened in 1966 and has had multiple renovations, most recently in 2017. Spring Training home to the Detroit Tigers, it was named after local resident and former Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director Marcus “Joker” Marchant. Among the recent renovations include six new covered sections (211-216), increasing the number of covered seats (rows N and up) from 1,246 to 2,098 seats, while more seats will be shaded with the extended roof. more air-conditioned spaces, more concession stand offerings and more restrooms as number of women’s restroom toilets is increasing 50% from 48 to 72.