Springfield, Illinois: The Place Where Legendary Events are Made | Sports Destination Management

Springfield, Illinois: The Place Where Legendary Events are Made

Jun 07, 2021

Springfield, Illinois, is nestled in the heart of the Midwest and situated along the iconic Route 66. A place where families experience one of America’s most beloved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Downtime is filled with discoveries such as vibrant arts and architecture, including the Illinois State Capitol and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House.

Snap a photo along historic Route 66 as you stop to check out attractions including the Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Cozy Dog Drive In and Motorheads Bar, Grille & Museum. Located conveniently at the intersection of Interstates 55 & 72, travel to the city is easy for teams and families. Airlift and Amtrak are also available directly into Springfield.

Sports are a year-round event in Springfield. Boasting both indoor and outdoor facilities makes it the perfect place for everything from ice hockey to horseshoe pitching!

Versatile and historic, there arethree distinct convention and event areas with nearly 4,000 hotel rooms and 325,000 square feet of flexible space.

In downtown, the Bank of Springfield Center is perfect for indoor competition with 70,000+ square feet of multipurpose space. The BOS Center has been host to USTA Tumbling & Trampoline National Championships, World Horseshoe Pitching Worlds, IL Cheerleading Coaches Association competition and many other high-profile events.

Another popular indoor space, the Nelson Center at Lincoln Park. Affectionately known to locals as “the Nellie”, this facility features two NHL size ice rinks and serves as home to NAHL Junior Blues, Springfield Youth Hockey Association and Springfield Figure Skating Club. The venue has hosted tournaments for SYHA, NJPHL and My Hockey leagues.

Imagine hosting your event at the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds, a 366-acre site with a wide variety of options. The Expo building alone offers more than 60,000 square feet of space. For motorsports, the fastest dirt mile track is located on the fairgrounds and hosts the annual Springfield Mile as well as ARCA and other stock car racing. The 2018 National Bikers Round-up made their home inside the fairgrounds and are still talking about the great event hosted in Springfield.

Outdoor facilities in the capital city will not disappoint, starting with LOLJOS, your softball headquarters. The Land of Lincoln Junior Olympic Softball complex, better known as LOLJOS, is a youth sports complex consisting of seven lighted softball diamonds and one non-lit field. Centrally located concession stand with press box, restrooms, and umpires’ lounge round out the facility. Their next door neighbors, the Springfield Area Soccer Association offer both recreation and competitive play, serving 1,700+ kids. The complex includes flexible space that can be used for 10 full size fields & 6 smaller fields. The main field is lighted, full concessions and restroom facilities adorn the main gate. Ample parking and a central location make these facilities a favorite with tournament directors.

Just a bit down the road you will find Spartan Park. They have you covered with the facility sporting six diamonds, four lighted, turf Infields, full concessions, air-conditioned game room for players and an umpires’ lounge. Fields allow for tournament play for baseball (14U and younger), fast pitch softball and adult slow pitch. Spartan continues to foster relationships with national organizations such as Game Day, NSA and USSSA.

Our SCVB team is a powerhouse team with more than 70 years industry experience and a combined 200 years of living in our city! When the “brain trust” unites, there is literally nothing that we cannot solve for our customers and guests. The plethora of contacts, references and experiences sets us apart to be able to tackle any challenge sent our way.

From connecting you with facility managers to hotel proposal solicitation, and setting up site tours of facilities, let us help make your planning experience enjoyable. Boost your attendance by utilizing our marketing materials that will help your participants see themselves having a great time in Springfield. We can provide you with concierge services such as an information booth to make your guests feel right at home.

When it comes to friendly and hospitable Midwest service, no one beats Springfield. The amount of sites, attractions and family friendly options to fill tournament downtime are second to none. Known for being affordable, drivable and flexible Springfield is a definite home run.

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