There are nearly 10,000 sports complexes around the U.S., and they raked in an estimated $1 billion dollars in 2019 alone. The industry reported annual growth of 4.1% in the five years from 2014-2019, and it employs over 33,000 people.
But which sports complex is right for you?
We scoured the country to bring you the best of the best. Here are the top 10 multipurpose sports complexes to consider for your next tournament, all-star game, or other sporting event. Whether you’re playing with pros, Joes, or part of the $15 billion kids sports industry, these are the top-of-the-line sports complexes to see.
10. Veteran’s Park Athletic Complex – College Station, TX
The Veteran’s Park Athletic Complex was built as a 150-acre memorial to all of Brazos Valley’s veterans. It houses four synthetic and nine natural grass multi-purpose fields, along with five natural grass softball fields, a pavilion, veterans memorial, and built-in concessions. It hosts an annual Adidas Texas 7-on-7 Championship’s football tournament for high schoolers, and in 2019, it underwent a $5 million renovation.
Veteran’s Park is an all-purpose facility that hosts athletic and fitness, along with other community events.
9. Harold Patterson Sports Complex – Arlington, TX
Harold Patterson Sports Complex is in Arlington, Texas with a variety of multi-purpose fields to accommodate a wide range of outdoor sports. During the Spring and Summer, there are 12 baseball fields that convert into six football fields in the fall and winter. Three are 11 large and 12 small soccer fields, four lit adult softball diamond, and two unlit youth diamonds, along with playground, concessions, and restrooms.
The proximity to the Convention Center and DFW Airport makes it a convenient sports complex to reach. It’s only minutes away from each, making it great for out-of-towners.
8. Kino Sports Complex – Tucson, AZ
Tucson, Arizona’s Kino Sports Complex is a 300-acre multi-use complex that houses 22 soccer fields (including two regulation), 10 baseball fields (eight regulation), and 20 pickleball courts including Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. It also includes five full-service clubhouses and 5,000 free parking spots and has been host to Spring Training for a variety of professional sports teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox and the New York Red Bulls.
The city of Tucson is known for its dry climate with mild winters and sweltering summers. Both the city and facility also host one of the most prestigious gem and mineral shows in the world every winter.
7. Sports Force Parks/Cedar Point Sports Center – Sandusky, OH
Cedar Points Sports Center is one of the newest facilities on this list, and it still has plenty left to come for Sandusky, Ohio. It’s a 145,000 sq ft indoor facility built as a $32 million addition to Sports Force Parks that includes 10 full-sized basketball courts that are convertible to volleyball courts, along with a championship court arena with 700-seat capacity and a family entertainment center with climbing walls, obstacle course, and arcade.
This is in addition to the outdoor fields of Sports Force Parks. It includes 12 baseball diamonds, 11 softball diamonds, eight full-sized soccer fields (up to 16 youth sized), eight full-size lacrosse fields, and a full-sized stadium. It also has mini-golf and plenty of unique fitness games. Whether you’re training for American Ninja Warrior or a more traditional sport, it’s available here.
6. Rocky Top Sports World – Gatlinburg, TN
Rocky Top Sports World is an 80-acre, state-of-the-art sports complex located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. It includes six synthetic turf fields, one natural surface, along with a Championship Stadium field. There’s also an 86,000-square-foot indoor facility that includes six basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts, along with team rooms and referee locker rooms. There’s a Champs Grill on site to serve all your food needs.
This facility can handle everything from team training sessions to tournaments for kids and adults. It’s the most advanced athletic facility in the American Southeast..
5. Panama City Beach Sports Complex – Panama City Beach, FL
The Panama City Beach Sports Complex in Florida celebrated its grand opening in October 2019. The $37 million complex includes nine synthetic and four natural multi-purpose, fully lit fields that can accommodate soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, flag football, and more. It’s even the home to Florida State University Panama City’s Quidditch team. There are also two championship fields with 1,500-person capacity, vendor areas, concession stands, Wi-Fi, and plenty of parking.
Because it’s newer, this facility has AstroTurf with Z-Cap cooling on 9 fields to keep players comfortable on hot days. An easy 5-10 minute drive from everything the city has to offer in restaurants, beaches and shopping, this facility has already become a hot spot for some of the world’s largest sporting events!
4. Great Park Sports Complex – Irvine, CA
The Orange County Great Park Sports Complex is a 175-acre campus that houses California’s premiere facilities. It includes 80 fields to host baseball, softball, basketball, rugby, lacrosse, and cricket training and matches. There are also 25 tennis courts, six soccer fields, five volleyball courts, and three championship stadiums that can seat up to 2,500 people each. There’s even a playground for the younger children included in this $25 million project.
Because it’s a newer facility, Great Park is equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology. It was built throughout the 2010s
3. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Orlando, FL
Orlando is the home of the theme park, so it’s no surprise to find ESPN’s Wild World of Sports Complex in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort. This, of course, means you’ll have access to all the amenities that come with being in the Happiest Place on Earth, but that’s not all. It hosts the versatile indoor Arena, Baseball Quadraplex, Marathon Sports Fields, Softball Diamondplex, Track & Field Complex, and Visa Athletic Center, along with a retro-style baseball park called The Stadium.
Overall, ESPN can support over 60 sports, complete with boxed lunches, ESPN GameDay photographer, ESPN merch, and more.
2. Grand Park Sports Complex – Westfield, IN
Located just outside Indianapolis, Grand Park is a 400-acre sports facility with 26 baseball/softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields, and a variety of indoor courts, including three full-sized indoor soccer fields, indoor basketball/volleyball courts, and over 10 miles of hiking, running, jogging, and biking trails, along with a restaurant and administrative offices. It’s the home of the Pacers Athletic Center, Grand Park Events Center, and more.
This sporting complex has hosted Big Ten soccer tournaments for both men and women. It also hosts the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp and has plenty of room to fit any sized sports tournament or competition.
1. National Sports Center – Blaine, MN
Minnesota’s National Sports Center is the biggest amateur sports facility on the planet, located in the suburbs of Minneapolis. It’s a sprawling 600-acre campus with more than 52 grass soccer fields, an 18-hole golf course, eight-sheet ice arena and Super Rink, cycling velodrome, convention facility, and a stadium with several grandstands. The U.S. women’s national soccer team, Minnesota Thunder, Minnesota Wind Chill, and Minnesota Stars/United have all played home games in this $20.3 million facility built in 1990.
The family of famed hockey legend Herb Brooks also partnered with the NSC on the Herb Brooks Training Center as part of the Schwan Super Rink. This sporting complex is the most visited in Minnesota, with over 3.8 million visitors each year. It’s state-of-the-art.
Each of these facilities attracts people from around the country. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to tour, play or host an even at each of them before you kick the bucket.
What facilities did we miss that you feel should make this list and why? Post in the comments below!