Tucson has a long and storied history, once claimed as part of the dominion of Spain, then Mexico and then the Confederate United States. When Arizona became a state in 1912, Tucson was Arizona’s largest city. Today “The Old Pueblo” has some of the highest growth rates in the country and is home to the University of Arizona. The ideal climate found here has made it a hotspot for International Professional Baseball Spring Training, as well as a top destination for people looking to escape the cold.
The sports scene found in Tucson extends far beyond the reach of just top professional baseball, as it features a bevy of tournament-ready fields and facilities to go with jaw-dropping scenery. If you’re in town for a tournament or an event, consider a stay at any of Tucson’s fine lodging accommodations, including the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Pass, the Tucson Marriott University Park, or the Casino del Sol Resort.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Major League Soccer Pre-season training, February 2020 (Kino Sports Complex)
- USA Rugby’s 2019 Collegiate 7s National Championships, May 24-26 2019 (Kino Sports Complex)
- American Pole League Championships, July 27-28, 2019 (Sporting Chance Center)
- Tucson Invitational Games (TIG) Softball and Baseball Spring Training, March 1-31 2020 (Lincoln Softball Park) and (Kino Sports Complex)
- Cactus Classic Volleyball Invitational, January 18-20, 2020 (Tucson Convention Center)
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- Kino Sports Complex
- Tucson Convention Center
- Sporting Chance Center
- Oro Valley Aquatic Center
- Lincoln Softball Park
- Gene C. Reid Park
- El Conquistador Golf & Tennis
Kino Sports Complex
As the former home base for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox during Major League Baseball’s Spring Training, this multiuse, state-of-the-art complex seats 11,500 fans at its Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The facility is also used to host soccer matches, including MLS preseason training, games and season-long competition for the USL League One FC Tucson.
The North Complex features lovely outdoor areas with multiple stream courses, ponds and wetlands and is also home to a basketball court, the grandstand, the north stadium and four multipurpose fields. The South Complex will undergo an expansion in which it will have 12 new additional multipurpose lighted fields and 20 new lighted pickleball courts. The Main Complex, along with Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, features 11 fields (six lighted). USA Rugby brought its 2019 Collegiate 7s National Championship to the facility in May 2019.
The complex will also play host to the 30th Annual Fort Lowell Soccer Shootout and Professional Korean Baseball Teams Spring Training.
Sports: Baseball, football, soccer, rugby, multipurpose
Tucson Convention Center
Located in downtown Tucson, this center includes nearly 9,000 seats in its arena and offers 205,000 square feet of meeting space. The center is the present home of the Tucson Roadrunners AHL franchise, the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League and the University of Arizona’s club hockey team. The facility underwent renovations in 2014 to include a revamped sound system and new video scoreboard, among other upgrades. The site will host the Cactus Classic Volleyball Invitational from January 18-20 in 2020.
Sports: Basketball, football, hockey, multipurpose indoor, volleyball
Sporting Chance Center
Home to many tournaments, leagues, camps and clinics, this 40,000-square-foot fantastic indoor venue is a tournament planner’s dream. The facility has a flexible design that can be configured to hold up to eight volleyball courts or five basketball courts. The center hosted the American Pole League Championships in July 2019.
Sports: Basketball, multipurpose indoor, volleyball
Oro Valley Aquatic Center
As a premier venue for competitive meets throughout the region, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center is open year-round and filled with family-friendly amenities for competitors and guests. The center features a 25-yard recreation pool and an Olympic-sized, 50-meter competition pool, complete with a Colorado Time System, touch pads and a scoreboard. The center also has a splash pad, concession stand, shaded areas and bleacher seating.
Sports: Swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo
Lincoln Softball Park
ADA-accessible and with a walking path that surrounds its fields, the Lincoln Softball Park is a great place to catch a game—and a gorgeous Arizona sunset. The park features eight softball fields and two soccer fields. The facility will host the Tucson Invitational Games softball tournament in March 2020.
Gene C. Reid Park
This pet-friendly, 131-acre park features baseball fields, a rose garden, bike trail and a duck pond, making it a serene experience for tournament play. The park’s surrounding area encompasses the Reid Park Zoo, Randolph and Dell Ulrich municipal golf course, the Randolph Tennis Center and Hi Corbett Field, a 9,500-seat baseball stadium that was the Spring Training home for the Colorado Rockies for years. Today Hi Corbett Field is home to the University of Arizona baseball team.
Sports: Baseball, cycling, golf, tennis
El Conquistador Golf & Tennis
With stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, El Conquistador Golf & Tennis is located in the heart of Oro Valley and offers three championship golf courses between its Conquistador Course, the Cañada Course and the Pusch Ridge Course. Additionally, El Conquistador Tennis offers a total of 31 lighted tennis courts at their 2 locations — Pusch Ridge (16) and OV Community & Recreation Center (15) — and routinely hosts USTA tournaments.
Sports: Golf, tennis
What is There to Do in Tucson?
Pima County is home to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which combines a world-class zoo with a natural history museum, art gallery, botanical garden and an aquarium. Unlike most museums, most of the attractions found here take place outdoors, where two miles of walking paths take visitors through various desert habitats.
From fine dining to funky platters, The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in the country can be found in Tucson, home to an eclectic array of options with something delicious for everyone. Taco trucks, late-night hotspots and fine dining offerings all celebrate Mexico’s influence on the city.
Explore more than 350 aircrafts on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum, home to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame since 1991. Walking tours throughout the grounds are available daily, where guests can meander through six hangars, including three devoted to WWI-era aircraft.
Named for the large saguaro cactus, the Saguaro National Park has two large sections, east and west, on either side of the city. The western Tucson Mountain District sees travelers through wilderness area.
The historic Spanish Catholic Mission San Xavier del Bac was built in the late-18th century and is one of the oldest European structures in Arizona. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage here each year, often on horseback, to honor age-old traditions.
We would like to take the time to express our sincere gratitude for your (Visit Tucson Sports’) support of the University of Arizona (UA) Equestrian team’s annual western competition. Your kindness and the incredible generosity of Visit Tucson Sports played a major part in making our show a success. Supporters like you are invaluable to our team and the local equestrian industry as well!
-Arizona Parker, UA Equestrian Team President
How to Get to Tucson?
Interstate 10 runs through the heart of Tucson on the way from Phoenix to El Paso, while I-19 runs due south from Tucson on the road to Mexico. If you’re flying in to town, Tucson International Airport (TUS) is located about eight miles south of the city.
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Sports Sales Manager: Luchie Javelosa
Title: Sports Sales Manager