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Chattanooga Celebrating "50 Seasons of Greatness"

Nov 06, 2023

Chattanooga is celebrating "50 Seasons of Greatness" in 2023-24, recognizing the University of Tennessee Chattanooga adopting Title IX legislation in 1972. It allowed women’s basketball, volleyball and tennis programs to compete and this year they are celebrating their 50th season. While the city reflects on its past, it’s also looking forward to a brand new stadium for its minor league baseball team, the Lookouts, that is planned for a 2025 opening. 


Athletic competitions are a big part of Chattanooga’s cultural fabric, and it welcomes events both locally and nationally. 


That’s why Chattanooga could easily be called “Champanooga,” since it boasts plenty of championships and tournaments planned making it a stellar destination for sporting events. This diverse and engaging Tennessee city of nearly 200,000 proves why it’s a top spot for sporting events, with several high-profile tournaments making headlines this year and early next year, including:


IRONMAN Chattanooga just took place, part of the VINFast IRONMAN US series. Next year marks the event’s 10-year anniversary in the Scenic City.

Chattanooga RiverFest, the city’s largest soccer tournament, happens November 17-19.

The Head of the Hooch regatta takes place November 4-5 along the Tennessee River and is one of the nation’s largest regattas.

The 2024 Great Smoky Volleyball Series is starting in January welcoming more than 1500 people.

Registration is now open for the Chattanooga Marathon in March 2024, taking runners through a mix of urban and natural scenery throughout the city.

Chattanooga is also a magnet for high school and college sports, hosting a variety of local, state, and college sports tournaments. It’s all part of the Chattanooga Championships Initiatives – a push for Visit Chattanooga to host as many championships as possible, branding itself as the Championship Town. These events include the following:


The Alliance Fastpitch Open Nationals is bringing softball excellence to Chattanooga in July 2024.

Dance and cheer competition is arriving in Chattanooga with the Athletic Championships - DI and DII Nationals in January 2024.

The NJCAA is bringing Division III tennis championships – both men’s and women’s – to Chattanooga in November 2024.

With half of the U.S. population just a day away by car, Chattanooga is a convenient place to host sporting events.  This means teams nationwide can easily access Chattanooga’s fields for sporting events at any level – both regional and national. 

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