Experience Foley, Alabama: The Lights, the Action, the Sports Venues! | Sports Destination Management

Experience Foley, Alabama: The Lights, the Action, the Sports Venues!

Jan 12, 2021

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Deep in the heart of the south, there’s a city that unites the community with visitors. Where warm smiles and friendly people are abundant. And where the nearby glow of lights from the city's attractions echoes into the night sky, giving both locals and guests a brief moment for pause amidst it all. Welcome to Foley, Alabama.

When it comes to planning an event, providing participants and attendees with a remarkable experience is of the greatest importance. But when you find a destination that you can trust for both the safety and the experience of your event, you’ve found Foley. In today’s world, selecting venues is challenging and you must be smart in making a final decision. When you choose Foley, you’re selecting the best of everything: Location, hospitality, experience, and most important of all safety. 

The Foley Sports Tourism team has invested in new equipment to make facilities are as clean as possible. UV-C lights and ionizers were installed into the HVAC system at the Foley Event Center and other City of Foley buildings. This gave a one-two punch of proactive and reactive air cleansing. Electrostatic sprayers and mobile thermal scan systems were purchased so that no matter what facility is hosting an event, there’s a way to disinfect. The staff worked closely with planners to implement schedules that reduce the number of players on-site at one time and increase cleaning times. The staff has thought through setups that keep everyone socially distanced. We work closely with event organizers to make sure their events run smoothly and that we are keeping everyone in safe hands.

FST often hosts up to 90 events and tournaments each year, from youth to collegiate showcase events. But the FST team is not looking for the “one and done." We look to grow together with our partners, to learn from each other, and to help them become a part of our family. Check out some of the partners we’ve worked with:

  • Alabama High School Athletic Association
  • Alabama Soccer Association
  • Amateur Athletic Union
  • American Cornhole Organization
  • Archery Shooters Association
  • Gulf Coast Region Volleyball Association
  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
  • Lower AL Lacrosse
  • National Softball Association
  • North American Grappling Association
  • NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation
  • Snap Soccer
  • Sun Belt Conference
  • USA Gymnastics
  • USA Ultimate
  • USA Pickleball
  • US Youth Soccer
  • USA Wrestling
  • USA Volleyball
  • University of West Florida
  • Varsity Spirit

Where to Play?

Enjoy 500 acres of the tranquil and diverse natural habitat at Graham Creek Nature Preserve. Featuring three full 18-hole disc golf courses, canoe/kayak launch, Archery Park, bike trails, and more, it’s a perfect setting for outdoor events. Need something different? 16 sports fields, 10 baseball/softball fields and a world-class golf course are a few more options here in Foley. Safely playing indoors? The multipurpose Foley Event Center has 90,000 sq. ft. of flexible space ready to accommodate any kind of play.

Where to Stay?

Whether you’re looking for an extended or short-term stay, Foley’s accommodations can match any travel style. We have more than 900 rooms within just a few miles of our sports venues. Or if you’re looking for some social distance, Foley offers over ten RV parks for the ultimate seclusion. You can easily find a place to lay your head and relax after a long day.

What to Eat?

Foley is a city with BIG flavor! With over 95 restaurants offering from fresh gulf seafood to local Southern favorites, you can explore the tastier side of Foley. And because this city knows fun, there are a ton of options where you can dine and enjoy a few games. Many establishments offer take-out and even private rooms for a special atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Where to Shop?

Discover 100+ name-brand finds at fabulous prices by shopping the premier Tanger Outlets. Or try out the newest shopping district the Foley Square. Stroll through downtown Foley’s antique shops for old-world charm or uncover trendy and modern boutiques at the shops at OWA.

What to Experience?

Located just steps from the Foley Event Center, OWA features both thrill and family-friendly rides for all ages and offers events year-round as well as breathtaking firework shows that light up nightfall. Want something more low key? How about a stroll through the local farmers' market? With locally made crafts and fresh produce, Foley offers an array of different attractions from arcade games, live shows, mini-golf, bowling, and even an esports center. Everyone can find something they love in Foley.

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