State Spotlight:

Virginia is known for its hospitality, which is often put on display thanks to its frequent hosting of all sorts of sports tourism. With world-class venues offered throughout the state, an easily accessible location, and so much for visitors to see and do, the Old Dominion State is a definite home run. “Virginia offers a plethora of things for event attendees to engage in outside of the sporting event and makes for a great family sports vacation destination,” says Danish Saadat, national sales and marketing manager for Sports Virginia. “From museums and amusement parks, to beautiful hiking trails, and beaches, Virginia has something for everyone.”

State Spotlight:

Virginia is known for its hospitality, which is often put on display thanks to its frequent hosting of all sorts of sports tourism. With world-class venues offered throughout the state, an easily accessible location, and so much for visitors to see and do, the Old Dominion State is a definite home run. “Virginia offers a plethora of things for event attendees to engage in outside of the sporting event and makes for a great family sports vacation destination,” says Danish Saadat, national sales and marketing manager for Sports Virginia. “From museums and amusement parks, to beautiful hiking trails, and beaches, Virginia has something for everyone.”

Alleghany Highlands

The Alleghany Highlands offers beautiful mountain views, endless outdoor recreation, and two walkable downtowns with locally-owned shops and restaurants.

Hotel Rooms: 356
Major Facilities:
  • The Jackson River Sports Complex is home to five multipurpose lighted baseball/softball fields, 10-plus lighted soccer fields, and lighted tennis courts
  • The Jackson River Scenic Trail is a 14.4-mile trail
  • Lake Moomaw covers 2,530 surface acres and 43 miles of undeveloped shoreline and Douthat State Park

Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism,


Arlington is a vibrant, fitness-focused urban community with 38 hotels and excellent public transportation in the heart of the D.C. metro area.

Hotel Rooms: 9,556
Hotel tax rate: 14.25 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center houses a 50-m competition pool
  • Long Bridge Park features three multisport fields
  • MedStar Capitals Iceplex features two indoor NHL-size rinks

Arlington Convention & Visitors Service,

Blacksburg-Christianburg-Montgomery County

From collegiate facilities to state-of-the-art multipurpose fields, the variety of sporting facilities makes Montgomery County a key sporting event destination.

Hotel Rooms: 2,474
Major Facilities:
  • Christianburg Huckleberry Park has four multipurpose fields for lacrosse, football, and soccer
  • Christianburg Aquatic Center houses three pools
  • Christianburg Rec Center includes a gym with four courts
  • Harkrader Sports Complex features three multipurpose fields
  • Kiwanis Park has two multipurpose baseball/softball fields

Blacksburg-Christianburg-Montgomery County Regional Tourism,


Charlottesville & Albemarle County are rich in history with beautiful surrounding landscapes. The area also boasts a central location in Virginia.

Hotel Rooms: 4,179
Hotel tax rate: 13.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Boyd Tinsley Courts at Boar’s Head Sports Club has six courts and seating for 450

Charlottesville Albemarle County CVB,


Chesapeake is situated in the heart of Coastal Virginia on the Intracoastal Waterway and offers plenty of outdoor adventure with 22 miles of fresh and salt waterways.

Hotel Rooms: 4000
Major Facilities:
  • Western Branch Park offers five multipurpose lighted fields for softball, football, rugby, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer, as well as six lighted tennis courts and pickleball courts
  • Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex is a 90,000-square-foot dual rink complex
  • Deep Creek Park has four lighted multipurpose fields for soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, and field hockey, as well as four lighted baseball/softball fields
  • Centerville Park features 11 multipurpose fields

Visit Chesapeake,

Fairfax County

Fairfax County offers world-class tourism infrastructure within close proximity to the nation’s capital. This spring, the county will welcome the new Patriot Park North, a six-diamond complex.

Hotel Rooms: 19,000
Hotel tax rate: 13 percent
Major Facilities:
  • The St. James boasts 450,000 square feet of indoor space with a full-size turf field; four NBA-size basketball courts; two NHL-size ice sheets; a 10-lane, 50-meter Olympic pool; eight international singles squash courts; and gymnastics training center
  • George Mason University EagleBank Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose venue
  • Woodson High School Stadium seats 9,300

Visit Fairfax,


The Fredericksburg region includes Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania Counties. The area is just one hour south of Washington, D.C., and one hour north of Richmond.

Hotel Rooms: 1,134
Hotel tax rate: 11.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Fredericksburg Nationals Stadium is a 5,000-seat facility
  • Fredericksburg Expo and Conference is a 110,000-square-foot facility with 80,000 square feet of contiguous space

City of Fredericksburg,

Halifax County

From the arts to outdoor sporting opportunities to history to motorsports, there’s something for everyone in Halifax County.

Hotel Rooms: 452
Hotel tax rate: 11.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Edmunds Park Disc Golf Course is a permanent 7,000-ft course
  • Staunton River State Park Disc Golf Course is a permanent 3,475-ft course

Halifax County Tourism,


Hampton is located in the heart of Coastal Virginia between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach and within a short driving distance of hundreds of world-class attractions.

Hotel Rooms: 2,300
Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $2 per room, per night
Major Facilities:
  • Boo Williams Sportsplex has eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, eight indoor hockey fields, and a 200-m, six-lane indoor track
  • Hampton Coliseum accommodates wrestling, basketball, hockey, ice skating, indoor racing, tumbling, gymnastics, and more
  • Buckroe Beach offers ¾-mile of clean beachfront
  • Hampton University Convocation Center houses a 13,824-square-foot athletic event court
Convention Center:

Hampton Roads Convention Center offers a variety of spaces, including a 102,600-square-foot exhibit hall, and hosts sports such as volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading/dance, martial arts, and more.


Hampton Roads Sports Commission,

Henrico County

Henrico County will soon welcome a new baseball stadium, 185,000-square-foot indoor facility, and pickleball courts.

Hotel Rooms: 9,334
Hotel tax rate: 13.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Henrico Sports & Events Center is a 185,000-square-foot facility with 12 basketball courts or 24 volleyball courts
  • Dorey Park has eight baseball/softball fields and seven multipurpose fields
  • Glover Park includes four synthetic turf multipurpose fields
  • RF&P Park consists of seven baseball/softball fields
  • Pouncey Tract Pickleball features 12 pickleball courts

Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority,


Loudoun’s close proximity to Washington, D.C., major airports, and interstate make it an easy choice as a top sports destination in Northern Virginia. As of November 2022, Loudoun is also officially connected to the nation’s capital on the Washington Metro Rail Silver Line, which stops at Dulles Airport and two additional Loudoun locations.

Hotel Rooms: 6,000
Hotel tax rate: 15 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Hal & Bernie Hanson Regional Park is a 257-acre complex with 12 multipurpose fields, four baseball/softball fields, four pickleball/tennis courts, and more
  • ION International Training Center is a 90,000-square-foot venue with two NHL-size sheets of ice
  • Virginia Revolution Sportsplex is a 37-acre complex with four FIFA One Star certification turf fields
  • Philip Bolen Park offers nine baseball/softball diamonds and eight multisport fields for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and football

Visit Loudoun,


Lynchburg makes a beautiful backdrop for sporting events as it sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and alongside the James River. The city is home to five colleges and universities including Liberty University, which has a wide range of top-rated athletic facilities.

Hotel Rooms: 2,300
Major Facilities:
  • City of Lynchburg Stadium has a capacity of 9,000
  • Bank of the James Baseball Field is a 4,000-seat facility
  • Vines Center at Liberty University is a multipurpose venue
  • Liberty University Baseball Stadium is a 2,500-seat ballpark

City of Lynchburg,


Martinsville is less than an hour from two major airports and AMTRAK service. The area offers well-kept facilities and affordable lodging costs as well.

Hotel Rooms: 414
Hotel tax rate: ranges from 9.3 percent to 10.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Smith River Sports Complex has six fields
  • Hooker Field is a 3,200-seat ballpark

Visit Martinsville,

Newport News

Newport News is full of parks, museums, and other unique attractions for visitors to experience while participating in sports-related activities. From championship golf courses, tennis courts, and baseball/softball complexes to state-of-the-art indoor swimming facilities, Newport News is a great sports destination.

Hotel Rooms: 3,691
Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $1 per room, per night
Major Facilities:
  • An Achievable Dream Tennis Center consists of four indoor tennis courts and three indoor basketball courts
  • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center has a 50-meter indoor pool with a 3-m diving board and two 1-m diving boards
  • Stoney Run Athletic Complex offers five softball fields that can also be used for baseball, youth soccer, and field hockey
  • Huntington Park Tennis Center has 20 lighted courts

City of Newport News,


Norfolk’s 144 miles of shoreline and abundant water-focused amenities make it the perfect place to enjoy beautiful views and kick back and relax between games.

Hotel Rooms: 4,924
Major Facilities:
  • Scope Arena is a multipurpose complex that seats 11,000
  • Harbor Park Stadium seats nearly 12,000 between two levels
  • Norfolk State University hosts basketball, football, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field.
  • Old Dominion State University accommodates baseball, football, tennis, golf, wrestling, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, and swimming.
Convention Center:

Norfolk Waterside Marriott offers 68,000 square feet of event space and has hosted sports such as cheer and dance and cornhole.


Visit Norfolk,

Prince William County

Prince William County is located 30 miles from Washington, D.C.

Hotel Rooms: 4,758
Major Facilities:
  • Ali Krieger Sports Complex features two artificial turf fields and two grass fields for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse
  • James S. Long Regional Park includes seven soccer fields
  • NOVA BMX Track hosts BMX races
  • Prince William Ice Center houses two ice rinks
  • Veterans Memorial Park accommodates pickleball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, field hockey, and skateboarding
  • Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center has a 50-meter Olympic-size pool

Prince William County Office of Tourism,


Richmond has plenty to offer, including the Richmond International Airport, hiking and biking trails, and Class III and IV rapids on the James River.

Hotel Rooms: 18,000
Major Facilities:
  • River City Sportsplex is a 115-acre athletic complex with 12 all-weather turf fields
  • SwimRVA houses a 50-meter, eight-lane competition pool
  • Dorey Park features seven multipurpose soccer/football fields, four tournament fields, two youth fields, one dedicated youth baseball field, and three tennis courts
  • Virginia State University Multi-Purpose Center is a 167,000-square-foot facility that hosts basketball and volleyball
  • RF&P Park contains three youth softball fields, one 13-and-up baseball field, three 12-and-under baseball fields and two football/soccer fields
  • Glover Park has four synthetic turf fields and eight sand volleyball courts
  • Pole Green Park includes 8k and 5k cross country courses
Convention Center:

The Greater Richmond Convention Center features 178,000 square feet of contiguous space and is a host of volleyball, field hockey, fencing, cheer and dance, and more.


Richmond Region Tourism,


Salem is located in western Virginia between Roanoke and Blacksburg. The city hosts all sorts of sports, including football, cheer, basketball, softball, lacrosse, baseball, and wrestling.

Hotel Rooms: 3,000
Hotel tax rate: 12.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Salem Stadium is an 8,000-seat football stadium
  • Salem Memorial Ballpark is a 6,300-seat ballpark
  • Moyer Complex has four fields for baseball and softball and is undergoing a complete multi-million rebuild opening in 2024
  • Cregger Center at Roanoke College has a 1,800-seat arena
  • Kerr Field at Roanoke College is a 1200 seat stadium for lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer
  • Salem Civic Center is a 5000 seats arena that hosts wrestling, basketball and cheer and is hosting Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball in 2023 and 2024, VHSL State Wrestling in 2023 and 2024 and Cheer in 2023

City of Salem,


Located halfway between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Stafford links two metropolitan cities with sophisticated assets. Stafford County is a go-to place for sports tournament rightsholders looking for a location that has ample facilities for events, hotels, and other infrastructure to support players on and off the field.

Hotel Rooms: 5,400
Hotel tax rate: 12.3 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Embrey Mill Park is a multisport complex that boasts eight rectangle fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, and field hockey
  • Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center houses a 50-m by 25-yard competition pool
  • Chichester Park offers five lighted baseball/softball fields
  • The Potomac River hosts a variety of fishing tournament

Tour Stafford,

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is an oceanfront destination that offers families plenty to enjoy before or after an event.

Hotel Rooms: 11,000
Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $2 per room, per night
Major Facilities:
  • Virginia Beach Sports Center offers 285,000 square feet of space, including 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts, a 200-m hydraulically-banked track, and seating for 5,000
  • Princess Anne Athletic Complex includes eight lighted softball fields and eight multipurpose playing fields for football and soccer
  • Hampton Roads Soccer Complex has two turf fields and 22 Bermuda grass fields
Convention Center:

The Virginia Beach Convention Center has 150,000 square feet of column-free space and hosts sports like gymnastics and cheer and dance.


Virginia Beach CVB,

Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Virginia’s Blue Ridge includes the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Franklin, Botetourt, and Roanoke. The area offers award-winning sports facilities and a convenient location in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hotel Rooms: 5,000
Hotel tax rate: 12 percent or 13 percent, depending on county/city
Major Facilities:
  • Roanoke College Cregger Center is a 155,000-square-foot venue with a 2,000-seat arena and a field house with an eight-lane, 200-m track
  • James I. Moyer Sports Complex is a 22-acre complex boasting four fields
  • Botetourt Sports Complex features a cross-country course and soccer fields
  • River’s Edge Sports Complex offers three fields for baseball/softball, nine soccer/field hockey/lacrosse fields, and 16 tennis courts
Convention Center:

Berglund Center includes a 10,500-seat coliseum, a 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a 46,000-square-foot special events center. The venue hosts a variety of sports, including basketball, hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, cornhole, and cheerleading.


Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge,