SPG's State Guide to Sports in Arkansas

On behalf of Arkansas Tourism and the Arkansas Sports Team we’d like to welcome you to The Natural State for your next sporting event.

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2021 Issue

Arkansas Tourism

Centrally located in the mid-South, with a moderate climate year-round, Arkansas is a beautiful, affordable destination for sporting events. An easy drive from anywhere in the south or mid-west with great interstate connectivity, we are also home to two major airports – Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) in Bentonville. Once you arrive, you will find many reasons why The Natural State works well for groups of all sizes. We hope that your team has time to take a break from playing to seek out adventure in Arkansas. We offer an exciting contrast of fast-paced and laid-back, urban and scenic, business and pleasure, all with genuine hospitality you just can’t find anywhere else.

Need help planning? Arkansas Sport Team members put the “pro” in professional (or proficient) when it comes to hosting events. The Arkansas Sports Team is comprised of 13 destinations scattered throughout Arkansas with members who represent cities with a wide array of facilities so you can be sure to find the perfect location for any event. From Texarkana to Jonesboro, monster truck rallies to baseball tournaments, and everywhere and everything in-between, Arkansas is the natural choice for sports!

Sincerely,

Jessica Ledbetter
Director of Global Sales, Division of Arkansas Tourism

Bentonville

KNOWN AS THE MOUNTAIN BIKE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, BENTONVILLE IS A TOWN WHERE PROGRESS MEETS HISTORY AND SPORTS AND ARTS MEET INNOVATION.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Bentonville Community Center – Pool, fitness center, basketball

This 80,000-square-foot community center is home to a natatorium with a leisure pool and multiple water slides, a competition quality pool, pool party room, gymnasium, fitness center with more than 80 pieces of fitness equipment, indoor running track, locker rooms and community banquet rooms.

Memorial Park – Baseball, softball, tennis, biking

Memorial Park is home to several sporting facilities, including a tennis complex with 12 lighted courts, five lighted baseball fields, six lighted softball fields and four T-ball fields. The soccer complex has seven lighted soccer fields and two multi-purpose fields. It has two basketball courts, four lighted sand volleyball courts, one multiuse skate and bike part, and an aquatic center featuring an Olympic size pool and a separate diving pool with a water slide. The park is also connected to the Slaughter Pen Hollow mountain bike trail system via the Ravine Trail.

Bentonville Tiger Athletic Complex – Baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, skateboarding

This complex has numerous facilities, including Bentonville Tiger Stadium, a college-like stadium, and indoor practice facility. It seats 6,000 people and it covers 232,000 square feet. Tiger Arena features three courts, one arena and two auxiliary gyms with a hardwood surface. There is also a track/soccer stadium; championship softball field; Philips Park, a 40-acre facility home to Bentonville High School and American Legion baseball teams.


Aimee Ross
Sports Sales Manager
479-326-8345
aimee@visitbentonville.com

Conway

WITH MORE THAN 1,200 HOTEL ROOMS, CONWAY HAS PLENTY OF SPACES FOR YOU TO REST YOUR HEAD AFTER ENJOYING A LONG DAY AT A TOURNAMENT.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Conway Station Park – Baseball

A top park in the state, Conway Station Park is home to eight fields with a 225-foot fence, while the final field features a 350-foot fence, giving sluggers an impressive challenge to aim for. This massive park is also equipped with its own concession stand, heated/cooled bathrooms, maintenance shed, and a beautiful pond.

City of Colleges Park – Softball

The gorgeous layout of this lovely award-winning park in Conway allows enough room for five entire softball fields. After being completed in 2009, City of Colleges Park has become known as one of the top softball parks in the area. It also features a playground for children to enjoy. This park is also home to Central Baptist College, St. Joseph High School, and Homeschool softball.

Conway Tennis Center – Tennis

This beautiful tennis center has eight courts where lessons, leagues, events and reservations are available for players to hone their tennis skills. If a reservation is made, the Conway Tennis Center even rents out ball machines for a small fee. The center is made up of eight courts surrounding two smaller buildings with bathrooms and lounging areas.


Rachel Shaw
Executive Director
501-932-5409
rachel@conwayarkansas.org

Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE IS MORE THAN A CITY. IT’S AN EXPERIENCE. WITH A SLEW OF BIG-TIME SPORTS, FAYETTEVILLE IS A GREAT PLACE TO HOLD A TOURNAMENT.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Kessler Regional Park – Soccer, baseball, mountain-biking, hiking

This regional park is home to six lighted soccer, four lighted baseball fields, and two restroom/concession buildings. On its 620 acres, the park is also home to historic Kessler Mountain. The park operates as a regional sports park with popular areas for mountain-bikers and hikers, with more than 10 miles of natural-surface trails.

Baum Walker Stadium – Baseball

Large enough for more than 10,000 visitors, Baum Walker Stadium is home to the University of Arkansas baseball team. This stadium won Baseball America’s poll of best college facilities in 1998 and took second in the same poll five years later. Baum Walker Stadium has hosted five NCAA Regionals and a NCAA Super Regional and has undergone three renovations including the enclosure of hitting and pitching cages and adding 2,600 chair back seats.

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium -Football

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium houses the University of Arkansas football team. Following a major $110 million renovation project prior to the 2001 season, the stadium’s capacity was increased to 80,000. The east concourse is “Championship Alley” with displays of conference championships, the 1964 national title and every football letterman. The south end zone concourse is “All-American Alley” and is dedicated to Razorbacks All-Americans.


Hazel Hernandez
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
479-521-5776 ext. 304
hhernandez@experiencefayetteville.com

Fort Smith

WHEN YOU AREN’T ENJOYING A SPORTING EVENT, YOU CAN RELIVE HISTORY THROUGH STORIES AND RE-ENACTMENTS OF OUTLAWS, LAWMEN AND SOLDIERS IN FORT SMITH.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Ben Geren Regional Park – Soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, disc golf, biking

This picturesque park is home to the largest disc golf course in the area, 12 soccer fields, 10 softball fields, six lighted tennis courts, three sand volleyball courts, and plenty more. This regional park has its own 7.4 miles of paved biking trails and 14.10 miles of rough trails for mountain bikers. Torraine Lake is also on the property and covers almost 42 acres of the park.

Fort Smith Convention Center – Volleyball, dance

Located at the center of historic downtown Fort Smith, the convention center resides within minutes of more than 3,400 hotel rooms and just steps from the best shopping, dining, attractions and live entertainment in the city. The convention center offers 116,800 square feet of practical and flexible event coordinating space, and is also home to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center. The center contains a 40,000-squarefoot exhibit hall, eight standard meeting rooms, planning/event services and more.

Riverfront Skate & Bike Park – Skateboard, bikes

Still freshly finished from the Fall of 2018, this 12,000-squarefoot park is perfect for people of all talent levels. The park features a great view of the Arkansas River, pump tracks, a 12-foot vertical wall, a Plexiglas wall, art as skating apparatuses, and more. The Riverfront Skate & Bike Park even has a bridge that connects it to the Greg Smith River Trail. This park is great for beginners and even more advanced level skaters and bikers.


Amy Jones
Convention & Event Sales Director
479-788-6533
amy.jones@fortsmithar.gov

Hot Springs

ENJOY A RELAXING SPA VACATION GETAWAY IN THE BEAUTIFUL OUACHITA MOUNTAINS, WHERE YOU CAN HIKE, SHOP AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Bank OZK Arena – Basketball, concerts

This arena seats 6,300 but has multiple purposes. Bank OZK Arena hosts various sporting events such as the Arkansas Activities Association’s High School Basketball Championship, and also hosts concerts. The arena was opened with a concert by Tony Bennett in 2003 and has hosted the Great American Conference’s Women’s Volleyball Championship since 2013.

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort – Racing

This massive resort, which is one of the largest hospitality investments in the history of the state, features some of the finest thoroughbred racing in the area, a 4-star hotel and spa, multi-purpose event center, a massive gaming area and more. The expanded casino is on schedule to open in early 2021 with an additional 28,000 square feet of slots, table games and a new high limits area.

Majestic Park – Baseball, softball

A baseball complex specifically designed for youth baseball and softball tournaments, Majestic Park features five fields. Three of the fields are 225 feet to center field, lighted, and fenced with turf infields and stationary mounds. The other two fields are 200 feet and 400 feet to center field and are also lighted and fenced. Majestic Park is clean, and its dugouts are covered. This park is one of the best in its area with covered grandstand seating and a covered playground.


Craig Durmon
Sales Manager
501-321-2027
cdurmon@hotsprings.org

JONESBORO

FILLED WITH GIFT SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, ART GALLERIES AND A DAY SPA, JONESBORO HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AFTER A LONG DAY AT A TOURNAMENT.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Craighead Forest Park – Basketball, hiking, disc golf, softball, volleyball, fishing

This 770-acre park opened in 1937 and in the last 20 years, the park has gone through numerous renovations improving the playgrounds (4) and RV campgrounds (41 spaces). Craighead features many popular outdoor activities such as basketball, hiking, disc golf, softball, volleyball, mountain biking, camping and fishing.

Joe Mack Campbell Sports Complex – Baseball

The Joe Mack Campbell Sports Complex is home to 14-stunning baseball fields. Right off Interstate 555, this complex has fields that accommodate athletes from 7U to 14U leagues. Ten of the 14 fields have turf infields and manicured grass outfields for 7U-12U teams. The complex also has its own batting cages for ball players to practice their swings before games. Spectators can enjoy watching the ball games in designated picnic areas around the complex.

Southside Softball Complex – Softball

The Southside Softball Complex hosts the Mountain Dew Grand Slam Classic, the oldest youth tournament in the state of Arkansas. The complex has six batting cages and 10 softball fields, split between four pavilions. The softball complex also has two large and fully equipped concession stands for athletes and spectators to enjoy food at the ballpark. The fields are available day or night with updated lighting system installed in 2018.


Danny Kapales
Director
870-933-4604
dkapales@jonesboro.org

LITTLE ROCK

THE NATURAL STATE’S CAPITAL CITY, LITTLE ROCK IS HOME TO FABULOUS SHOPPING, IMPRESSIVE ART GALLERIES AND SOME OF THE FINEST DINING IN ARKANSAS.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Rebsamen Tennis Center -Tennis

The Rebsamen Tennis Center is a tennis player’s utopia. Open year round, the tennis center offers 17 lighted courts, three lighted backboards and is a past recipient of the USTA‘s National Public Facility of the Year Award. Rebsamen hosts Adult and Junior Arkansas tournaments, and the tennis center has hosted USTA Southern Region tournaments and an annual USTA Men’s Pro Circuit Tournament.

Jack Stephens Center – Basketball, wrestling

The $25-million Jack Stephens Center is a state-of-the-art 5,600-seat, multi-purpose arena at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Stephens Center hosts the school’s men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, the Boy’s and Girl’s State High School Wrestling Tournament, regional dance and cheer competitions, and the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships.

Burns Park – Soccer, lacrosse, tennis

At 1,700 acres, Burns Park is Arkansas’s largest municipal park. The Burns Park Soccer Complex boasts 17 irrigated fields with tournament lighting on seven fields and 1,500 parking spaces. The complex has hosted several US Youth Soccer Region 3 Tournaments and the 2008 USYS National Tournament. The Burns Park Tennis Center has 24 lighted outdoor courts, six lighted indoor courts and has hosted state and regional tournaments and a Davis Cup Tournament!


David Russell, Senior Director of Sports Sales
501-370- 3227
davidr@littlerock.com

NORTH LITTLE ROCK

NATURAL BEAUTY MIXED WITH A BUSTLING SOCIAL AND DINING SCENE MAKES NORTH LITTLE ROCK A FABULOUS DESTINATION FOR TOURNAMENT PLANNERS AND ATHLETES.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

North Little Rock High School – Football, baseball, basketball, softball, wrestling

North Little Rock High School opened multiple new facilities in the 2015-16 school year, including a brand new 5,000-seat stadium and track which is utilized for football. Along with the stadium is a fitness center, locker rooms, a weight room and a wrestling room.

NorthShore Park – Baseball, softball, tennis

Northshore Park is a 3.3-acre park in a residential area in North Little Rock. The park has a playground as well as open grass spaces for picnics or outdoor events. There is also a baseball backstop ready for athletes of all ages to play baseball, softball or kickball. Along with the ball field, the area also holds one tennis court on the grounds. The park has miles of trails perfect for runners.

Burns Park – Soccer, golf, baseball, tennis, frisbee, BMX

The premier soccer complex of the South, Burns Park Soccer Complex contains 17 irrigated fields located between White Bayou and the Arkansas River. The complex features tournament lighting on one quadrant, Stadium Field, pavilions and 1,500 parking spaces. Sitting on 135 acres of preserved wetland, Burns Park is home to three-mile hiking and biking trails, trees and plenty of scenic beauty. The 1,700 acres of Arkansas’ largest ubran municipal park offers two 18-hole golf courses, a baseball complex, softball complex, Bonzai BMX track, the Burns Park Soccer Complex, a tennis center, playgrounds, camping and a seasonal amusement park.


Erica Warden, Director of Events
501-404-0192
erica@northlittlerock.org

PINE BLUFF

THIS ARKANSAS DELTA CITY IS EXPERIENCED IN HOSTING A VARIETY OF SPORTING EVENTS. BE SURE TO ENJOY THE MANY MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS PINE BLUFF HAS TO OFFER.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Pine Bluff Aquatics Center – Swimming

Located in the heart of Pine Bluff, the $11 million 36,000-square-foot center offers first class facilities including an eight-lane, 25-yard short course competition pool with water maintained at 82 degrees, state-of-the-art timing scoreboard, a therapy pool, water sports area, and can accommodate up to 1,600 people.

Taylor Field Baseball Stadium – Baseball

Taylor Field Baseball Stadium is a regulation-size baseball field featuring a U-shaped grandstand that holds 1,800 seats behind home plate. The stadium was constructed in 1939 and is listed on the National Register of Historic places. It seats 2,400 and reaches 315 feet to the right and left field foul poles, 360 feet in left centerfield, and 390 feet to the deep corner in centerfield.

Pine Bluff Convention Center – Basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, boxing

Home of the world-renowned King Cotton Holiday Classic basketball tournament, this impressive center features a 23,000-square-foot arena with tiered seating for up to 7,600. Recent upgrades include the latest in audio visual technology such as overhead communications module with live video feed, replay, and broadcast, 12-foot videoboards, 18-foot digital scorer’s table, NCAA-approved lighting, renovated restrooms and dressing rooms, and adjoining concourses with flat-screen monitors and concession stands.


Sheri Storie, Director
870-534-2121
sstorie@explorepinebluff.com

RUSSELLVILLE

SITUATED NEAR THE ARKANSAS RIVER, THIS CITY OFFERS 14 PARKS, SOCCER, SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL COMPLEXES AND PLENTY OF OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Russellville Soccer Complex – Soccer, hiking

Russellville Soccer Complex has multiple soccer pitches for tournament play and plenty of open space for outdoor activities. The park has a 1.1-mile trail that can be used for running and walking. The path is also paved so it’s ADA accessible. The soccer complex added lights in 2017.

Lake Dardanelle State Park – Fishing, hiking, camping

This park is located in two areas on Lake Dardanelle, a 34,300 acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. It features a fishing pier, boardwalk trail and visitor center with five aquariums and the Lakeview Room meeting facility. There are 57 campsites in the Russellville area of the park. The park is also a National Park Service-certified site on the Trail of Tears water route.

M.J. Hickey Park – Baseball, softball, swimming

The park is home to a seven-field baseball complex that features three lighted pavilions, one with restrooms, 10 picnic tables and a 50-meter municipal swimming pool. The baseball and softball fields all feature benches, group barbecue grills and picnic tables so fans can eat heartily while enjoying the action.


Christie Graham, Executive Director
479-967-1762
cgraham@discoverrussellville.org

 

SPRINGDALE

ENJOY A WIDE VARIETY OF SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND FLAVORS IN THIS SCENIC TOWN, ALONG WITH A MULTITUDE OF HISTORICAL SITES AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

C.L. “Charlie” and Willie George Park – Baseball, softball, football, soccer, tennis, walking

This park features several amenities including one lighted football field, three lighted tennis courts, four artificial turf baseball fields with concessions, six soccer fields, a dog park, a paved walking trail, two pavilions, play structures and a splash pad open daily.

The Jones Center – Skating, swimming, fitness

This state-of-the-art 220,000-square-foot recreation, community and event center is located in the heart of Northwest Arkansas. This massive facility houses a year-round ice arena, junior-Olympic-sized lap pool, activity pool with a slide, world-class bike park, basketball court, fitness center, indoor track, conference center and chapel/auditorium. Also located in the center is a cafe with a menu designed in collaboration with local partners.

Arvest Ballpark – Baseball

Arvest Ballpark is an award-winning outdoor baseball stadium which opened in 2008. It is home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Class AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The stadium features 6,500 seats for fans in the grandstand seating bowl with room for several thousand more on the outfield berms. The stadium also features wide expanses for non-baseball staging and a parking lot equipped with ample power for festival needs.


Bill Rogers, VP of Communications
479-872-2222
bill@chamber.springdale.com

TEXARKANA

UNIQUE IN THAT IT STRADDLES TWO STATES, TEXAS AND ARKANSAS, THIS CITY HAS A WIDE ARRAY OF RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING AND A BUSTLING NIGHTLIFE.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Ed Worrell Memorial Baseball Park – Baseball

Ed Worrell Park in Texarkana has 115 acres of recreational land area with amenities including seven lighted baseball fields, running/jogging trails, parking, restrooms and two concession stands. It features concessions, off-street parking and is located near the Texarkana Regional Airport.

Ermer Dansby Pondexter Sports Complex – Baseball, softball

The Ermer Dansby Pondexter Sports Complex is home to five fields, a walking trail, playground, a huge pavilion, concession stand, air-conditioned bathrooms, plenty of shade for a picnic, and lots of parking. Guests appreciate the digital scoreboards courtesy of Youth Scoreboards of Arkansas as well as the convenience of using debit/credit cards at the concession stand. Players and coaches enjoy the playing surface, new lights and 200-foot tournament fences.

Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center – Conventions

Nestled in southwest Arkansas, just one mile from the Texas border in Texarkana, the Arkansas Convention Center is the premier location for events in its area. Its 10,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility was newly constructed in 2014, and is conveniently located on Interstate 30, just miles from I-49 south. The ballroom can be divided into four breakout rooms and it features a brightly lit gallery space that connects the four rooms.


Adam Dalby, Sports Manager
870-779-4943
Adam.Dalby@txkusa.org

 

ROGERS

THIS VIBRANT OUTDOOR COMMUNITY FEATURES GLISTENING LAKES, MUSEUMS OVERFLOWING WITH ARTWORK, AND A VARIETY OF RESTAURANTS FOR ALL TASTES.

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Rogers Regional Sports Park – Softball, baseball, kickball

Rogers Regional Sports Park features six baseball/softball fields. Each field has a water fountain in every dugout and a designated warm-up area for each team. The park has a central concession stand and is linked to the Rogers trail system.

Veterans Memorial Park – Soccer, baseball, softball, football, quidditch, lacrosse, rugby, kickball

Veterans Memorial Park features two baseball fields, two softball fields, five grass multi-purpose fields, and one turf multi-purpose field. Amenities include grills, pavilions, picnic tables, sand volleyball courts, a pond, and the park is connected to the Rogers trail system.

Beaver Lake – Fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking

Beaver Lake, a 28,370-acre freshwater lake, is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and is a popular place to boat, fish, scuba dive, canoe, wake board, kayak and swim. It is also nationally renowned for bass fishing and has become a destination for fishing tournaments. The lake features a 487-mile natural coastline as well as caves and lovely groves of trees and limestone bluffs. There are more than 2,000 acres of campground and more than 650 individual campsites. Ten miles from the lake, Rogers has 21 hotels for groups of all sizes.


Ronnie Webb, Destination Sales Manager
479-619-3198
ronnie@rogerslowell.com

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