Take the next step and bring your future sporting event to Stafford, Virginia for spectacular attractions and state-of-the-art athletic facilities. Centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic region, Stafford is within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population. For those coming from further out, three major D.C. Metro Area airports and the Stafford Regional Airport allow for easy access to the area.

Embrey Mill Park

Soccer, football, field hockey, flag-football, and lacrosse are all situated in the heart of Stafford. The stately Embrey Mill Park is conveniently near the county’s major thoroughfares, shopping centers, restaurants and hotels, making it the ideal stop for teams and their families. The impressive multi-sports complex contains eight fields — six synthetic, lighted rectangular fields and two lighted grass fields — suitable for youth soccer, lacrosse and field hockey games. Adjacent to the sports complex is the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center, which houses swimming pools and an athletic center with facilities for basketball, volleyball and other indoor sports. For those frisky, young spectators who can’t keep still, the complex is also composed of a playground, snack bar and concessions. Restrooms and parking lots are also on the premises.

Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center

Swimming, diving, water polo, other water sports can all be found in this 76,000 square-foot world-class sports complex. This facility is equipped with a 50-meter by 25-yard competition pool with seating for more than 800 spectators and movable bulkhead, an additional 25-yard recreation pool, and a warm-water wellness pool. Too add, the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center features a full-size basketball court, a group exercise studio, a fitness floor, restrooms, a full-serviced café, and ample parking. The athletic facility presents 5,000 square feet of exercise space and workout equipment, strength and conditioning machines and free weights. It also provides resources for group exercise classes, cycling, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and league play for adults in volleyball and basketball.

Stay Awhile

Once your tournament is over, explore all of the historical attractions, beautiful parks, art exhibits, excellent golf courses, and outdoor recreation in one of Virginia’s fastest growing counties.

Take a trip to Government Island, which once provided Aquia sandstone to the White House and U.S. Capitol, and learn the rich history of the area on the trails throughout the park. Located just 25 miles north of Stafford County, take the day to see the sights in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Or visit Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home from ages six to 22, and the place from which the “chopping of the cherry tree” tale originated.

At Stafford Civil War Park and Chatham Manor, you can learn about the importance of the region in the 19th century. Head over to the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, a Broadway-quality dinner theater and performing arts center, for a dazzling show, or visit Gari Melchers Home and Studio, one of just 30 of America’s most significant artists’ spaces included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios consortium.

Kick back and relax at one of the four breweries and two wineries in Stafford. Locals and visitors will enjoy their daily and weekly events no matter the season. Take your pick of places to stay for a good night’s rest before another day of adventure. Discover the hidden gems that are Stafford’s rivers and lakes when you book your next fishing trip to Virginia’s coast.