In the heart of Louisiana, a new era in sports tourism is about to dawn with the much-anticipated opening of the West Monroe Sports & Events. Set to open in January of 2024, this state-of-the-art indoor sports complex is poised to redefine the sports and events landscape– not only in northeastern Louisiana, but for the entire region.
Sprawled over a staggering 112,000 square feet, West Monroe Sports & Events is designed with versatility and functionality at its core. With eight full-size basketball courts that can convert to 16 volleyball courts or 24 pickleball courts overlooked by an open-air spectator mezzanine, it is primed to host large-scale indoor sports tournaments from all corners of the globe. The venue's dedicated staff will work tirelessly to ensure that organizers can plan their events seamlessly, whether they're held in the expansive fieldhouse or in the multi-purpose meeting and party rooms.
“I have big first-year aspirations that include stacking our calendar with a wide range of exciting events and sports tournaments,” said General Manager Jamie Johnson. “Our goal is for people nationwide to recognize and get excited about playing at West Monroe Sports & Events and visiting our city. As part of The Sports Facilities Companies, we’re committed to putting on first class events and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you travel to our venue.”
Yet, the allure of West Monroe Sports & Events extends beyond its impressive facilities. West Monroe itself offers a rich tapestry of attractions that beg to be explored. Sports tourists and tournament organizers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this vibrant city.
For dining, West Monroe boasts a plethora of options. From mouthwatering local cuisine to international fare, recognizable family-friendly chain restaurants and familiar sports bars, there's something to satisfy every palate. After a day of intense competition, teams could unwind at a cozy downtown eatery or celebrate their victories at one of the city's many lively restaurants.
The venue is set apart by an adjoining hotel connected by a covered corridor for a "stay and play" experience. The city also boasts a lengthy list of lodging options, ranging from luxury suites to budget and family-friendly rooms, all within close proximity to the sports complex. Visitors can rest and recharge in comfort, ready for another day of thrilling sports action.
West Monroe's location also lends itself perfectly to sports tourism. Nestled in northeastern Louisiana, it is easily accessible from major cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Interstate 20 runs directly through the city, providing easy road access for commuters. For those traveling by air, Monroe Regional Airport is conveniently located just a short drive away, offering flights to and from several major cities.
Beyond sporting events, West Monroe offers an array of cultural experiences. From the beautifully preserved Antique Alley to the immersive Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, there's a wealth of history and culture to discover. The nearby Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts.
The advent of the West Monroe Sports & Events Center marks a significant milestone in the city's evolution as a premier sports tourism destination. With its top-tier facilities, coupled with the city's rich offerings and strategic location, West Monroe is set to attract sports tourists and event organizers from around the world.
As we eagerly anticipate the opening of this groundbreaking sports complex, it's clear that West Monroe is not just playing the game; it's changing it. So pack your bags, load your gear and get ready to discover the exciting world of sports and more in West Monroe, Louisiana.