Game On In The Sports Capital of Tennessee®
13 Sep, 2019
Rutherford County is a vibrant Southern community is conveniently located just 30 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee and includes the cities of Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne and Eagleville. Centrally located, the county is within a day’s drive of 75 percent of the United States population. First-rate facilities and award-winning services combine to make Rutherford County the host site for your next tournament or event!
The Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to make each event a success! Murfreesboro has been named one of the Best Sports Cities in the U.S. by Sporting News; and one of Livability’s Top 10 Soccer Cities, along with a host of other accolades.
Home to MTSU Athletics
Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University, a proud member of NCAA Conference USA. The heart of the athletics facilities is Murphy Center Complex, which includes: Murphy Athletic Center (basketball/volleyball and indoor track), Floyd Stadium (football), Dean Hayes Track and Field Stadium, Reese Smith Baseball Stadium, MT Softball Field and Alumni Memorial Gym.
The Murphy Center arena seats 10,000 spectators and is the site of NCAA basketball, volleyball and more. MTSU’s Floyd Stadium, can accommodate 32,000 fans and annually hosts Division I football games, Drum Corps International and Contest of Champions. Patrons can enjoy the use of open-air boxes, club level seating and suites for events. From the stadium press box, you can take-in views of the entire city of Murfreesboro.
Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, a $13 million facility nestled on 137 acres in Murfreesboro, includes 15 fields and a championship soccer stadium. This is one of the premier soccer facilities in the Southeast and hosts local, state, regional and professional soccer competitions. Announced this year, Richard Siegel Soccer Complex will receive a 14.5 million dollar expansion including: nine new synthetic turf fields located at the 16-field complex, indoor soccer training facility, increased seating at the Championship Field, office and classroom space and relocation of TSSA headquarters to the facility with lease agreement for office space. In total Rutherford County offers sports planners 39 fields for tournaments.
Adams Tennis Complex
A partnership between Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation and Middle Tennessee State University resulted in the impressive Adams Tennis Complex. The facility has eight color-coated asphalt indoor courts in addition to the existing 24 outdoor courts, 16 of which are lighted. The indoor tennis complex is climate controlled and has electronic scoreboards, a pro-shop, locker rooms and downstairs lounge area. The upstairs mezzanine provides seating for spectators with views of all courts and additional lounge areas.
Tennessee Miller Coliseum
Unique to Rutherford County, Tennessee Miller Coliseum is a 220,000 square-foot indoor facility that hosts regional and national equestrian events, sports tournaments and tradeshows. The facility is capable of stalling 498 horses and seating 4,600 spectators. The nationally-renowned facility has recently hosted the USDA Cynosport Dog Agility World games, the Tennessee State Archery championships and countless equestrian competitions.
Aside from the facilities mentioned, Rutherford County offers 26 baseball and softball fields at complexes like Barfield Crescent Park, Star*Plex and McKnight Park. There are also several state-of-the-art bowling centers in Smyrna and Murfreesboro, offering participants 112 lanes for tournaments or fun. To compliment all these amazing facilities, sports planners will find six public golf courses across Rutherford County.
What to do
In between games, participants are encouraged to explore history at the Stones River National Battlefield, Oaklands Mansion, Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation and Cannonsburgh Village. Discounts can be found on www.VisitRutherfordTN.com.
Indoor community favorites include the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and the Earth Experience Natural History Museum, both located near downtown Murfreesboro. Burn off some energy at The Ascent climbing facility, Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center or explore along the 14 miles of paved Greenway trails. Cool off in the summer months at the Boro Beach Water Park located at the Sports*Com facility in Murfreesboro or at SplashTown in Smyrna.
Rutherford County has 55 lodging options featuring 5000+ rooms with accommodations ranging from moderate to luxury. With over 400 restaurants, there is always something to please the palate. After dinner, great shopping can be found in Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, the Fountains at Gateway, Stones River Town Centre and The Avenue Murfreesboro.
The exceptional staff at the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau will work hard to make each event a win! In Rutherford County, the Sports Capital of Tennessee® it’s always Game ON!