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Game On in The Sports Capital of Tennessee®

May 29, 2018
Rutherford County is Conveniently Located and Ready to Make Any Event a Success

This vibrant Southern community is conveniently located just 30 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee and includes the cities of Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne, and Eagleville. Rutherford County offers central location within a day’s drive of 75% of the United States population.  FREE county-wide parking, first-rate facilities and award-winning services combine to make Rutherford County the host site for your next tournament or event!

A proud 2017 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism award winner, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to make each event a success! Murfreesboro has been named one of the Best Sports Cities in the US 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 the home to Middle Tennessee State University, a proud member of NCAA Conference USA.  At the heart of the athletics facilities is the Murphy Center Complex at 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, plus the 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 plays host to Division I football games, Drum Corps International and Contest of Champions annually. 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 entire city of Murfreesboro. 

Soccer Reigns
The 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.  In total, Rutherford County offers sports planners 39 fields for tournaments.

Adams Tennis Complex
Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation and Middle Tennessee State University have partnered on the impressive Adams Tennis Complex. The facility has 8 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 lounge area downstairs. The upstairs mezzanine provides seating for spectators with views of all courts and additional lounge areas.

Tennessee Miller Coliseum
Unique to Rutherford County, the 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 TN State Archery championships, along with countless equestrian competitions.  

Outstanding Amenities
Aside from the facilities mentioned, Rutherford County offers 26 baseball and softball field at complexes like Barfield Crescent Park, Star*Plex and McKnight Park.  There are several state of the art bowling centers in Smyrna and Murfreesboro offering participants 112 lanes to compete on or just bowl in their down time. 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 take in the deep history at the Stones River National Battlefield, Oaklands Mansion, Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation and Cannonsburgh Village. Discounts can be found on

Indoor community favorites include the Discovery Center 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 4,500+ rooms ranging from moderate to luxury. With over 400 restaurants, there is always something to please each taste bud, from familiar favorites to unique local eateries. After dinner, great shopping can be found in Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, the Fountains at Gateway, Stones River Mall and the Avenue Murfreesboro.

The exceptional staff at the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau will work hard to make each event a success! In Rutherford County, the Sports Capital of Tennessee is always Game ON! 

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