Columbia, MO: A Sports Destination to Remember | Sports Destination Management

Columbia, MO: A Sports Destination to Remember

Mar 28, 2024 | By: Staff Member


Choose Columbia, Missouri for your next sports event

When it comes to sports events in Columbia, MO, unforgettable is an understatement. As a part of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the CoMo Sports Commission exists to make every sports-related trip to our city an action-packed edge-of-your-seat event from the start of the game to the final minutes of the after-party. Nobody knows Columbia and its people like we do, and our team has the capabilities and connections to help you create the best experience possible for your athletes.


The CoMo Sports Commission can:

  • Arrange site inspections of sports venues and hotels
  • Obtain proposals and room blocks from hotels
  • Act as a liaison between the event rights-holder and the local host organization
  • Provide a welcome banner and official welcome and/or ribbon cutting to open your event
  • Deliver customized maps and directions
  • Supply visitor guides and coupon offers to participants
  • Offer a staffed information booth at the site of your choosing
  • Assist with press release development and distribution, as well as promotion in the local newspaper and on our website


Why Columbia, MO?


Choose Columbia, Missouri for your next sports eventIt’s not what you’d expect. And that’s exactly what visitors love about it. In Columbia, the big- city amenities and small-town charm of our hotels, restaurants and entertainment hot spots will surprise and delight your athletes time and time again.


Getting here is simple…


Home to the University of Missouri, Columbia College and Stephens College, Columbia is centrally located in the heart of Missouri, making it a convenient destination from all directions.


  • Easy access from Kansas City and St. Louis via Interstate 70
  • Less than 500 miles away from cities like Chicago, Nashville, Omaha and Oklahoma City
  • The Columbia Regional Airport offers direct flights to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth


Sports facilities:


As the hometown of Homecoming, Columbia has every type of facility for any kind of sport.


  • #1 disc golf course in the nation, Harmony Bends
  • New, newly renovated and upcoming baseball and softball complexes
  • Nationally renowned Mizzou Aquatic Center
  • A state-of-the-art cross country course
  • The Columbia Sports Fieldhouse, with four courts designed for multiple sports
  • Multi purpose fields with natural turf
  • A three-field rugby complex


The Sports Development Fund


Choose Columbia, Missouri for your next sports eventThe Sports Development Fund was started in 2006 as part of the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Development Program. This program is made available through 1% of Columbia’s lodging tax and has three different funds in place for sports, festivals & attractions. The funds are awarded to those events and attractions that generate overnight stays in local hotels, have potential for growth and provide overall economic development.


Event organizers may apply at any time during the year, but applications must be received at least 120 days prior to the event start date. Events that meet criteria are eligible for up to three years of funding. Funds can be used for site fees, bid fees, trophies, medals, monetary awards,  rights/sanction fees and promotional materials.


Past events

Over the years, we’ve hosted all kinds of sports events for all ages at all levels of competition.

  • NCAA Cross Country Regional and National Championships
  • NAIA Cross Country National Championships
  • NIRSA Region 4 Basketball Regional Championships
  • AJGA Stan Utley Mid-America Youth Golf Foundation Junior Championships
  • USA Rugby Fall College Regional Playoff
  • Missouri State Indoor Pickleball Championships
  • USA Rugby Fall College Regional Playoff
  • Special Olympics State Summer Games
  • SEC Swimming and Diving Championships
  • MSHSAA State Championship Events
  • Show-Me State Games
  • Missouri Middle School State Basketball Championships
  • NIRSA Region 16 Soccer Championships
  • USA Ultimate Midwest Throwdown
  • PDGA Tim Selinske U.S. Masters Championships


To get in touch with one of our team members or view upcoming sports events, go to, or call 573-874-7734.

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