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Discover Lancaster: An Ideal Location & Destination for Your Next Sporting Event

Feb 22, 2023 | By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Discover Lancaster PADiscover Lancaster County, Pennsylvania! Located in southeast PA, near the heart of the mid-Atlantic, Lancaster is driving distance from Baltimore (80 miles), Philadelphia (80 miles), Washington, D.C. (120 miles), New York City (165 miles) and more. If arriving by air, Lancaster is easily accessible by the Philadelphia International Airport as well as the Baltimore/Washington International Airport. More local are the Harrisburg International Airport and the Lancaster Airport.

To match the convenience of its central location and accessibility, Lancaster has a variety of facilities and accommodations to meet the needs of various sporting events. Additionally, Lancaster has numerous activities and attractions to offer its guests, making Lancaster not only an ideal location but an ideal destination for your next sporting event. 

Whether an event requires courts, fields, mats, a pool, stage or track, Lancaster has over 1,000,000 square feet of flexible event space to accommodate many needs.

Lancaster is home to Spooky Nook Sports, one of the largest sports complexes in America. The Nook has indoor and outdoor amenities, including regulation courts and fields, recreational facilities and their onsite Warehouse Hotel and Forklift and Palate restaurant. 

Lancaster is also home to the Classics Soccer Park. This outdoor park boasts 32-acres and 10 fields to accommodate tournaments, league play, training sessions, summer camps and outside rentals. CSP is also the host of the Pennsylvania Classics, an annual showcase that attracts teams from various states and at all levels of play.

Discover Lancaster PAFor those looking for indoor space, choose from the Lancaster County Convention Center or the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center. The Lancaster County Convention Center is located in the heart of Lancaster’s walkable downtown and the Wyndham conveniently along Route 30. Both convention centers offer overnight accommodations and are surrounded by multiple dining options and additional hotel options. 

On the northwest side of Lancaster City is Franklin and Marshall College. F&M boasts exceptional academics paired with Division III Athletics. Their facilities include fields, tennis courts and the Kunkel Aquatic Center, a premier aquatic facility in the mid-Atlantic. The KAC is home to the 660,000 gallon, 25-yard by 50-meter McGinness Pool and hosts high school and college swim meets. 

Less than a mile down the road is Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers, the champions of the 2006, 2014 and 2022 Atlantic League. The stadium opened its gates in 2005 and since has secured the fan vote in Ballpark Digest for the 2022 MLB Partner Leagues Best of the Ballparks. The stadium features a Kids Park, the Broken Bat Craft Beer Deck, the Subaru Outdoor Experience and more. Over the years, Clipper Magazine Stadium has become more than a baseball venue, opening its state-of-the-art grounds to host shows and concerts, private and corporate events, sports camps, outdoor movie nights and a Christmas village. 

To match its vast amount of event space, Lancaster has over 8,000 overnight rooms. Visitors can enjoy a variety of lodging options with economical room rates. Whether staying at a top hotel, inn or bed and breakfast, guests will enjoy Lancaster’s culture of hospitality. 

Lancaster’s accessibility, facilities and accommodations make it an ideal location. However, paired with the many activities and attractions also available, Lancaster is transformed from an ideal location to an ideal destination. 

Explore all Lancaster County has to offer by checking in early, escaping between events or extending your stay. Regardless of if you have an extra day or a couple of hours, make the most of your time and experience the expected and the unexpected. Enjoy the countryside, rich with Amish influence, explore Lancaster’s walkable downtown and discover unique experiences for groups of all ages and sizes.

Discover Lancaster PAIf you’re on the go with little down time, experience the diversity of Lancaster County through food. Enjoy a hearty and traditional PA Dutch meal, share a modernized farm to table experience or choose a more casual atmosphere. 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is centrally located and easily accessible. It has a variety of facilities and venues as well as a multitude of economically priced lodging options. Paired with the activities and attractions offered throughout the county, Lancaster is an ideal destination for your next sporting event. To learn more about hosting your next event in Lancaster County, visit the Discover Lancaster website and contact us to start planning today.

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