The South Shore of Lake Michigan is the perfect destination for your next sporting event. Situated just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, our centralized location along major thoroughfares like I-65, I-80/90 and US 30 makes us easily accessible from almost anywhere in the United States.
Northwest Indiana’s state-of-the-art sports facilities and unique attractions draw youth, amateur, collegiate and professional sporting events from around the nation. With a wide selection of top quality hotels, family-friendly entertainment and delicious food in a variety of restaurants, the South Shore excels in hosting tournaments of all sizes. Whether you’re planning a bowling tournament, volleyball tournament or a 300-team softball World Series, the South Shore Sports & Leisure team is dedicated to making sure you have a successful event and your attendees enjoy their time in the South Shore!
While You’re Here, Explore The South Shore!
There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana, the possibilities are endless! Satisfy your sweet tooth at Albanese Candy in Merrillville where you’ll find the World’s Best Gummies. Catch a minor league baseball game at the Gary RailCats U.S. Steel Yard. Have what it takes to be a mascot? Visit the Mascot Hall of Fame for some science-based, furry fun in Whiting. Discover a variety of outdoor adventures including hiking the majestic dunes or relaxing on the beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan. Home to the Indiana Dunes National Park, you'll find everything you need to plan a fun, affordable trip with family and friends.
South Shore’s Premier Venues:
The Crown Point Sportsplex
The Crown Point Sportsplex is ready to host your next baseball or softball tournament. The 95-acre multi-use outdoor sports and event destination is conveniently located off I-65. The facility currently features two synthetic turf multi-purpose fields, 10 natural grass, illuminated fields, and a championship field with stadium seating. Accompanying these sports amenities, are two fully equipped support buildings that include restrooms, concessions and storage. The Sportsplex plays host to the NSA Girls Fastpitch B & C World Series, Game Day and USSSA baseball and softball tournaments, as well as a variety of other sports including football, lacrosse and soccer.
The Hammond Sportsplex
The Hammond Sportsplex is a 135,000-square-foot sports complex that opened in 2018. The facility features six hardwood basketball courts or 12 volleyball courts, two indoor artificial turf soccer fields and an elevated walking track. In addition, the facility features a large community room and the Union Bar & Lounge. This venue is perfect for volleyball, basketball, soccer, cornhole, pickleball, wrestling and more! The Hammond Sportsplex is host to the largest NCAA volleyball tournament in the country, the Midwest Region Crossover Volleyball Tournament.
Purdue Northwest University Dowling Park / John Friend Court
Purdue Northwest Athletics is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and NCAA Division II. The John Friend Court (Hammond Campus) features three hardwood basketball courts. Additional amenities include a training room, concession stand, restrooms, water fountains, bleachers and PA system.
Dowling Park (Hammond Campus) is a comprehensive outdoor sports complex for both Pride Athletics and Hammond Parks and Recreation Department. The new athletic facility houses the playing fields for the Black and Gold’s baseball, men’s & women’s soccer, softball and men’s & women’s tennis programs. Dowling Park can host a variety of softball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse or tennis events.
PNW - Westville Campus features one gymnasium (which can be separated into two courts through the use of ceiling divider) and a beautiful Cross Country Course capable of hosting 5K, 6K, 8K and 10K racing events.
Visit www.southshorecva.com/sports or contact Megan Goodan at email@example.com or 219-301-7762 for more information or to start planning your next tournament!