Foley Sports Tourism is excited for all that 2018 has to offer. This will be the first full year both the 16 sports fields and 90,000-square-foot event center will be in use. A number of different sports have been booked for the complex from the tried and true soccer events like the Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Championships and the Alabama Soccer Association State Cup to the first time sports to the facility like volleyball and basketball.
One of those returning events is the Hoyt Archery Pro/Am that will be back in Foley for the third year in a row from February 21-25. A stop on the Archer Shooters Association tour, the event continues to garner close to 2,000 archers ranging in ages and skill levels. The public should mark their calendars for Saturday, February 24 at 5 p.m. The event will have the final rounds at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex Championship Stadium to decide who takes home some hefty prize money.
The Bounders Beach Bash gymnastics event will return for a second year September 7-9. Youth gymnasts at a range of levels will compete. The inaugural event drew about 500 participants and is expected to grow it as it becomes a staple of the FST calendar.
Another staple of the calendar the public can expect to see is a November full of soccer. With contract extensions on both the Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Championships and the Alabama Soccer Association State Cup, November is expected to be a month will full soccer fields. Joining those events in 2018 is the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Championships packing soccer into the schedule almost every weekend.
But the tried and true events will be complemented by new events like a range of volleyball tournaments throughout the spring and basketball events beginning in May. While the calendar features numerous events, Director of Recreation and Sports David Thompson said the complex does not plan on resting on its laurels.
"We are always looking at creating new relationships with different tournament organizers,” Thompson said. “While we see this calendar as a strong jumping off point, we want to continue to expand and book more events to bring new and exciting sports experiences to our city.”
Keep up to date on the FST calendar and all its events by visiting our website at www.FoleySportsTourism.com/events