As the Sports Capital of Texas, Round Rock holds a reputation for being a sports tourism hot spot. Here are five reasons to bring your tournament to Round Rock:
1. Five National Tournaments
In 2018, Round Rock was selected by five national teams to host their biggest tournaments, each drawing teams and spectators from all over the map.Between its two newest facilities, the Round Rock Sports Center and the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, the Sports Capital of Texas hosted the following tournaments:
- 2018 USA Deaf Basketball National Tournament (Round Rock Sports Center)
- US Quidditch Cup 11 (Round Rock Multipurpose Complex)
- 2018 iSET College Table Tennis National Championships (Round Rock Sports Center)
- 2018 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division I and Division II National Championships (Round Rock Multipurpose Complex)
- 2018 USA Judo Senior National Championships (Round Rock Sports Center) In addition to these national tournaments, professional major league Austin Elite Rugby team selected Round Rock as their home for the 2018 season, adding a second professional league sports team to Round Rock.
2. Location, Location, Location
Centrally located within a three-hour drive from three of the nation’s 10 biggest cities, getting your team to Round Rock is easy and affordable.Visitors love having the peace and quiet of a small town with all of the amenities and attractions of a big city. Geographically, Round Rock is known for its green space with nearly 30 parks, and with an average of 232 sunny days per year, Round Rock is the perfect climate for outdoor sports.
3. Diversity of Sports
Round Rock has welcomed a variety of sports ranging from quidditch to table tennis and everything in between. The NIRSA National Flag Football Championships just committed to hosting their tournaments in Round Rock for thenext three years, and USA Ultimate Division I College Championships will hold their championships in Round Rock in 2019. No matter the sport, Round Rock has the capabilities to host any tournament.
Any sports planner knows that youth and amateur sports are a family affair. The city of Round Rock has plenty to do to keep the rest of the family busy during the downtime between tournaments. There’s plenty of shopping at the Round Rock Outlets for moms, and dads will love Bass Pro Shops, where they can explore the outdoors from the comfort of the air conditioning. Kids will love the Rock’N River Aquatic Center during the warmer months, and don’t forget to check out the Play For All Park, Round Rock’s award winning play area for children of all abilities. Visitors can catch a movie at Flix Brewhouse, the world’s only theater incorporating a fully functioning microbrewery. Perhaps the most well known attraction in Round Rock is the Dell Diamond, where AAA team The Round Rock Express calls home. The baseball stadium features many visitor luxuries for the whole family, including a pool, jacuzzi, basketball court and a climbing wall. No tour of Round Rock is complete without stopping at Round Rock Donuts to try some of their famous orange colored (or yellow, depending on who you ask) doughnuts. For a challenge, trytheir Texas Sized Donut, which weighs two pounds and is equivalent to about 12 regular sized doughnuts.
5. Southern Hospitality
Last, but certainly not least, is the phenomenal customer service Round Rock has become known for. A knowledgeable staff with master’s degrees in sports management, the teams working at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex and the Round Rock Sports Center know exactly how to ensure that every tournament hosted runs smoothly. Here is what a few fans of the Sports Marketing and Tourism team have had to say:
“We are so excited to be able to come to Round Rock again, especially after such a successful tournament in 2016. It is called the Sports Capital of Texas and we see very much why that is the case. Round Rock provides what I like to say is the best recipe for sports tournament success: great hospitality, great venues and great people!” - Willy Leparulo, Board of Directors President, National Collegiate Table Tennis Association
“We chose the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex for this event because it exceeds both our quality and quantity expectations. Collegiate level play requires first-rate field conditions and larger field dimensions than most venues can accommodate. In addition to the quality of the sports complex, having enough fields for all games, practice areas and a championship setting all in one location is a win for us overall. After meeting with our accommodating hosts at the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and the operations staff at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, we knew that this was a place we wanted to bring the WCLA National Tournament, and we feel confident our participants will feel the same.” -Kim Rogers, Director ofSpecial Events, US Lacrosse
The Sports Capital of Texas
We take the Sports Capital of Texas title seriously in Round Rock, which is why we are dedicated to providing the highest quality service. Our staff has an extensive background in sports, and they know that teamwork is the key to success. We always think three steps ahead to ensure a smooth event and an easy experience for tournament planners, players, and attendees. Come visit us and see for yourself what a difference our first-class service can mean for your event.
Nancy Yawn, Director, Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau
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