Ohio boasts ease of travel—its cities are located within a 600-mile radius of nearly 60 percent of the country—along with state-of-the-art venues, making it easy for high-profile events in practically every sport to choose the Buckeye State. “With our world-class stadiums and arenas, plus an abundance of hotels and resorts, Ohio is equipped to host events that require intimate gyms or pack 100,000-plus fans to cheer on their team,” says Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio. “Ohio is passionate about not only the teams that call our state home, but also making those from outside the state feel at home.”

Ohio boasts ease of travel—its cities are located within a 600-mile radius of nearly 60 percent of the country—along with state-of-the-art venues, making it easy for high-profile events in practically every sport to choose the Buckeye State. “With our world-class stadiums and arenas, plus an abundance of hotels and resorts, Ohio is equipped to host events that require intimate gyms or pack 100,000-plus fans to cheer on their team,” says Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio. “Ohio is passionate about not only the teams that call our state home, but also making those from outside the state feel at home.”


Akron is full of family-friendly attractions and a variety of sports venues for all sorts of events, such as BMX, gymnastics, motocross, cheer, soccer, and more.

Hotel Rooms: 5,000
Hotel tax rate: 15.25 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Firestone Stadium has two fields and seats 2,500
  • InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron is a 30,000-seat facility
  • NC Soccer Club has four indoor and five outdoor fields
  • Canal Park Stadium seats 7,500
  • Boettler Park houses four adult and six youth soccer fields
Convention Center:

John S. Knight Center hosts a variety of sports, including cheerleading, roller derby, martial arts, karate, and more.


Akron/Summit CVB, visitakron-summit.org.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green is in northern Ohio. The city is home to multiple easy-to-access sports venues.

Hotel Rooms: 425
Major Facilities:
  • Carter Park features nine baseball diamonds
  • Perry Field House has four basketball/volleyball/tennis courts and a 200-m, eight-lane track
  • Student Recreation Center houses two indoor pools and four basketball courts
  • Slater Family Ice Arena includes two rinks
  • Stroh Center is a 4,000-seat multipurpose venue
  • Doyt Perry Stadium is a 24,000-seat venue for football or soccer

Bowling Green CVB, visitbgohio.org.

Butler County

Butler County has a strong selection of local and regional attractions in southwest Ohio, and it’s also home to one of the largest indoor sports complexes in North America.

Hotel Rooms: 4,000
Hotel tax rate: 12.5 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Voice of America Athletic Complex boasts 23 grass multipurpose fields
  • Spooky Nook Champion Mill includes 14 hardwood courts, 14 sport court floors, one indoor full-sized turf multipurpose field, one outdoor full-sized turf multipurpose field, a 65,000-square-foot fitness center, and a 200-m track.
Convention Center:

Opened in 2022, Champion Mill Conference Center is a hotel and convention center adjoining Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill with more than 1.2 million square feet of space under one roof.


Travel Butler County, TravelButlerCounty.com.


Located 60 miles south of Cleveland, Canton boasts a variety of top-notch sports facilities, including Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Hotel Rooms: 2,166
Hotel tax rate: 14.75 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium includes a turf field for football and soccer
  • Hall of Fame Village Center for Performance opened in 2022 and provides 100,000 square feet of multi-use space
  • T. Branin Natatorium was renovated in 2021

Visit Canton, VisitCanton.com.


With three professional venues on its scenic downtown riverfront, one stadium in the historic downtown neighborhood, and more than 150 diverse sports locations throughout the area, the Cincinnati region offers plenty of unique spaces to host a tournament or event.

Hotel Rooms: 28,568
Hotel tax rate: 18.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Blue Ash Sports Center is a 37-acre facility with 11 baseball fields and two soccer fields
  • Clear Creek Park boasts 23 soccer and lacrosse fields
  • Courts4Sports is a 53,000-square-foot facility with six basketball/volleyball courts
  • Game On! Sports Complex features a turf soccer field, four NCAA volleyball courts, a basketball court, and more
  • Joyce Park boasts 36 soccer fields
  • Miami Whitewater Forest Soccer Complex includes 16 fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and more
Convention Center:

Duke Energy Convention Center boasts 750,000 gross square feet of space and can accommodate 24 volleyball/basketball courts in its Exhibit Hall and six courts in its Grand Ballroom. Sharonville Convention Center houses 65,000 square feet of space and hosts dance, wrestling, karate, cheerleading, and boxing.


Visit Cincy, VisitCincy.com.

Clermont County

Clermont County offers a wide variety of sports facilities for youth and amateur sports in a unique destination.

Hotel Rooms: 1,250
Major Facilities:
  • Elite Athletics Sports Complex houses six basketball/volleyball courts
  • Nothin’ But Net Sports Complex includes five basketball/volleyball courts
  • Tealtown Ballpark has 17 baseball/softball fields
  • Olympic Fields boasts 13 multipurpose grass fields
  • East Fork State Park houses a 2,000-meter rowing course
  • Flash Baseball Complex offers 10 baseball fields

Clermont County CVB, discoverclermont.com.


Cleveland boasts three major professional sporting venues within walking distance from each other, as well as Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, which has the downtown’s largest grass park on its roof.

Hotel Rooms: 4,629 downtown; 25,000 in Greater Cleveland
Hotel tax rate: 17.5 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Progressive Field is a 35,225-seat major league ballpark
  • Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is a multipurpose indoor facility with one field or ice rink
  • FirstEnergy Stadium is an NFL stadium with seating for 67,431
  • Wolstein Center includes one NCAA-regulation basketball court and seating for 13,000-plus
  • Canal Park houses one field and seats 7,630
  • SPIRE Institute includes an outdoor stadium and an outdoor track and field arena, as well as an aquatic center and indoor basketball/volleyball court and soccer/lacrosse fields
Convention Center:

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland houses 410,000 square feet of event space and is connected to the 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown.


Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, clevelandsports.org.

Clinton County

Situated along the Little Miami River, the county is close to Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Hotel Rooms: 597
Major Facilities:
  • Wilmington College offers facilities for football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, softball, baseball, and wrestling

Clinton County CVB, clintoncountyohio.com.


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Columbus has established itself as a national leader in sports tourism. The city is serving as home to eight NCAA championship events between 2022 and 2026, including the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

Hotel Rooms: 33,011
Hotel tax rate: 17.5 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Nationwide Arena is a multipurpose venue with 684,000 square feet of space
  • com Field is a soccer-specific venue with a capacity of 20,000
  • Schottenstein Center is a multipurpose venue that seats up to 19,000 for basketball
  • Huntington Park is a 10,100-seat ballpark
  • Lou Berliner Sports Park has 31 permanently fenced, turf infield baseball and softball diamonds
Convention Center:

Greater Columbus Convention Center sits in downtown and boasts 1.8 million square feet of space, including 373,000 square feet of contiguous space.


Experience Columbus, experiencecolumbus.com.


Dayton is frequently hosting major sports events, from the NCAA First Four Tournament to the U.S. Air Force Marathon.

Hotel Rooms: 7,000
Major Facilities:
  • University of Dayton Arena is a 13,407-seat multipurpose arena
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has fields for soccer and lacrosse
  • James S. Trent Arena is a 4,400-seat multipurpose venue
  • Action Sports Center features eight baseball diamonds, five soccer fields, one football field, and one indoor soccer field
  • DayAir Ballpark is a 7,230-seat ballpark
Convention Center:

Dayton Convention Center sits in downtown Dayton and offers 150,000 square feet of space.


Dayton CVB, DaytonCVB.com.


Dublin is located 15 minutes from downtown Columbus with easy access to John Glenn International Airport and major highways. The city provides a safe suburban setting with free parking, more than 125 miles of bike paths, and 60 parks.

Hotel Rooms: 2,500
Major Facilities:
  • Darree Park features 13 soccer fields and seven baseball fields
  • Avery Park has 15 soccer fields, five baseball fields, and four softball fields
  • Dublin Chiller houses two sheets of ice
  • SportsOhio consists of three indoor soccer fields, four indoor lacrosse/field hockey fields, and 15 outdoor soccer fields

Dublin CVB, irishisanattitude.com.


Gahanna is 10 minutes from downtown Columbus and within close proximity of the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The area offers more than 775 acres of parkland, outdoor fields, and biking paths.

Hotel Rooms: 387
Hotel tax rate: 17.5 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Headley Park houses 12 soccer fields
  • Academy Park features seven baseball diamonds and two basketball courts
  • Woodside Green hosts softball and baseball
  • Sunpoint Park offers two basketball courts
  • McCorkle Park includes two football fields and one soccer field

Gahanna CVB, visitgahanna.com.

Greene County

Greene County is located in southwest Ohio, just east of Dayton. The area’s facilities are second to none, from a 100-acre soccer complex to a 12,000-seat arena.

Hotel Rooms: 2000
Major Facilities:
  • Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center is a 12,000-seat multipurpose arena
  • John Ankeney Soccer Complex is a 100-acre soccer facility
  • Hobson Freedom Park is a 45-acre soccer complex
  • Athletes in Action Sport Complex has all synthetic turf fields

Greene County CVB, greenecountyohio.org.

Licking County

Licking County is part of the Columbus metro area in the central part of the state. The county offers baseball diamonds, soccer fields, lacrosse fields, golf courses, and an ice arena.

Hotel Rooms: 1100
Major Facilities:
  • Don Edwards Park has four ball fields
  • Newark Area Soccer Association boasts 20 fields that can also accommodate lacrosse
  • Lou & Gib Ice Arena offers an ice rink

Explore Licking County, explorelc.org.


Centrally located along I-75 and many major state routes and highways is Lima. The city has a variety of state-of-the-art facilities and lodging options.

Hotel Rooms: 1,201
Major Facilities:
  • Lima Senior High Complex has facilities for baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track and field
  • UNOH Complex accommodates baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball
  • Empowered Sports Complex hosts soccer and baseball
  • Allen County Fairgrounds houses a BMX course
Convention Center:

With 14,000 square feet of exhibition space, Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center hosts mat sports, cheer and dance, wrestling, boxing, and badminton.


Visit Greater Lima, visitgreaterlima.com.

Lorain County

Lorain County is in north-central Ohio on Lake Erie. It’s a popular spot for everything from fishing tournaments to mountain bike races.

Hotel Rooms: 1,755
Major Facilities:
  • Lost Nation Sports Park West is a multisport facility that can host a variety of sports including football, soccer, baseball, and softball
  • All Pro Freight Stadium is a lighted, multi-use baseball facility
  • Victory Park Ohio is a 67-acre park that features eight professional lighted baseball/softball fields, one lighted high school baseball field, one lighted Little League field, four outdoor sand volleyball courts, and nine outdoor international-size soccer fields
  • The 77-acre Oberlin Sports Complex features an aquatic center, baseball fields, and football/soccer fields

Visit Lorain County, visitloraincounty.com.


Mansfield offers a variety of multipurpose spaces such as the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With a central location in Ohio, the city is also easily accessible.

Hotel Rooms: 1,700
Hotel tax rate: 13 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course hosts motorsports, outdoor extreme events, cycling, running, and more
  • Arlin Field at Mansfield Senior High School has a 12,000-seat football stadium

Destination Mansfield, DestinationMansfield.com.


Marion is located less than one hour north of Columbus. The city offers a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities for a variety of sports.

Hotel Rooms: 419
Hotel tax rate: 10.25 percent
Major Facilities:
  • River Valley consists of 14 fields for baseball and softball
  • Evers Arena is a multipurpose venue
  • Veterans Coliseum is a multipurpose venue

Marion Area CVB, visitmarionohio.com.

Miami County

Located 20 minutes north of Dayton, Miami County is very accessible via I-75, I-70, and the Dayton International Airport. The county offers friendly, small-town hospitality with larger community amenities and fun, local attractions for youth and adults.

Hotel Rooms: 800
Major Facilities:
  • Hobart Arena is an indoor multisport venue that offers 77,000 square feet of space
  • Duke Park features seven soccer fields, two baseball fields, three softball fields, and eight miles of mountain bike trails
  • Kyle Park houses 10 soccer fields, 10 baseball diamonds, and two softball diamonds

Miami County CVB, homegrowngreat.com.

Shores & Islands

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Shores & Islands provides a backdrop of natural beauty with its numerous entertainment options, such as Cedar Park Amusement Park.

Hotel Rooms: 8,000
Hotel tax rate: Ranges from 11.5 percent to 12.75 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Sports Force Park has eight multisport fields and two small baseball fields
  • Cedar Point Sports Center includes 10 basketball/volleyball courts and a 700-seat championship court
  • Lake Erie provides natural venues for water-based sports
Convention Center:

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions offers 210,000 square feet of function space and typically hosts cheer and dance, gymnastics, wrestling, karate, and esports.


Shores & Islands, Sports.SHORESandISLANDS.com.


Toledo is a family-friendly city located at the crossroads of I-75 and I-80/90, making it an easy drive-in destination. The city has become a destination for women’s sports.

Hotel Rooms: 8,300
Hotel tax rate: 17.75 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Bowman Park offers eight baseball fields
  • Huntington Center is an 8,000-seat multipurpose venue
  • Catholic Youth Organization Complex houses 12 soccer fields
  • Coontz Recreation Complex includes eight baseball fields and five softball fields
  • Homecoming Park has four baseball fields and nine soccer fields

Destination Toledo, VisitToledo.org.

Union County

Union County offers quality sporting venues, well-appointed lodging options, distinctive shopping, local dining, unique experiences, and small-town charm with easy accessibility to the Greater Columbus metropolitan region.

Hotel Rooms: 565
Hotel tax rate: 13.5 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Attaboyz Archery features an indoor archery range with a 20-m max shooting distance
  • Elysium Tennis has eight indoor courts and six outdoor courts, as well as 16 indoor pickleball courts
  • Integrity Athletics houses more than 40,000 square feet of space for gymnastics, tumbling, volleyball, and martial arts.
  • Union County Joint Recreational District Sports Complex has eight baseball/softball fields

Union County CVB, unioncounty.org.

Warren County

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Warren County is easily drivable, located within a one-day drive of 65 percent of the U.S. population. It also sits between two international airports: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Dayton International Airport.

Hotel Rooms: 4,200
Hotel tax rate: 14 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Warren County Sports Park at Union Village is a turf and natural grass multipurpose facility
  • Lindner Family Tennis Center includes 17 courts and four stadiums
  • Lebanon Sports Complex features 32 multipurpose rectangular fields
  • Mason Sports Park consists of five diamonds and two multipurpose fields
  • Courts4Sports has six indoor basketball/volleyball courts
  • Corwin-Nixon Park houses four diamonds and eight rectangular fields

Warren County CVB, OhiosLargestPlayground.com.