Georgia Sports Venues that Score Big with Athletes and Fans
From large-scale, multi-sport facilities to single-sport venues in scenic destinations, Georgia puts the focus on fun, no matter what the game is.
Suit up and explore some of the best fields, stadiums and courts the Peach State has to offer for tournaments and events large or small.
When it comes to sports, Georgia doesn’t play favorites, and neither do these destinations, which offer facilities for several sports along with local amenities to keep non-sporting family members entertained, too.
LakePoint Sports in Emerson
Emerson, just off I-75 about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta, is home to LakePoint Sports, a 1,300-acre campus that hosts youth athletes in more than 30 sports year-round. Indoor facilities include the 170,000-square-foot Champions Center, which is home to the world’s largest continuous wood floor. There, 12 full-court basketball games or 24 full-court volleyball games can be played at once. Facilities for cheer and gymnastics competitions are also available.
If your event takes you outside, LakePoint Sports has got you covered with eight major-league-sized baseball fields equipped with state-of-the-art sports technology. It also has three multi-use fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football, a 10-court beach volleyball setup and a wakeboarding park.
For off-field events, LakePoint can accommodate banquets for up to 2,000 people, with on-site catering available. Additional amenities include meeting space, audio/visual equipment, and five meeting rooms.
Atlanta is home to one of the five largest convention facilities in the U.S. The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) comes in at No. 4, with 1.5 million square feet of exhibit space, 12 exhibit halls, two grand ballrooms, three fixed-seat auditoriums, 98 meeting rooms, and plenty of parking.
The three connected buildings that make up the GWCC offer flexible space to host hundreds of events each year, including indoor sporting activities such as the CHEERSPORT National All-Star Cheerleading Championship, which attracts more than 20,000 athletes annually. It also hosts basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, and more.
The venue can be configured in dozens of ways to host events large and small. One of the largest is volleyball’s Big South National Qualifier, which each year occupies all three buildings of the GWCC, and brings around 40,000 people.
In addition to sports facilities, GWCC is a full-service venue with concession stands, 15 restaurants, guest services people to help with directions and questions, and wheelchairs for people with disabilities.
Located in the heart of Georgia at the crossroads of I-16 and I-75, the Macon Coliseum is easily accessible to the entire state and much of the Southeast.
The 9,000-seat arena hosts hockey, wrestling, basketball and cheer. New to the arena in 2021, is a four-sided video board. Meetings and banquets are steps away in the adjoining 7,000-square-foot venue.
If baseball’s your game, Wills Park, a municipal park in Alpharetta, can take care of your every need. This facility is home to eight baseball fields and two tee ball fields. A covered, 6,300-square-foot baseball pavilion is outfitted with eight batting cages, two pitching lanes and a warm-up area. Playgrounds and a dog park make it fun for the whole family.
If you like your sporting action on the water, Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP) in Gainesville, just north of Atlanta, offers up a venue built for Olympians. The site of canoeing and kayaking competitions for the 1996 Olympic Games, the park now plays host to some of the best athletes from around the world who come to train and compete.
LLOP has eight rowing lanes, a timing/finish tower, a 10-lane canoe/kayak course, wakeless launches, launch and recovery docks and a 1,500-seat grandstand. College teams and clubs, including the NCAA rowing championships, regularly compete at the park.
Building on the already world-class facilities, in 2024, LLOP will open a one-of-a-kind boathouse with a conference venue and indoor canoe/kayak/rowing training facility.
South Commons Softball Complex & Stadium in Columbus
The 1996 Olympic Games left a legacy of world-class sporting venues across the state. South Commons Softball Complex & Stadium in Columbus is the recently renovated home of Olympic women’s fast-pitch softball. The complex has been recognized as a USA Softball Complex of the year and hosted the 2019 USA Softball International Cup.
The venue along the Chattahoochee River includes an eight-field complex with video streaming, LED scoreboards and WiFi. The five-field hub with roundhouse features indoor score booths, restrooms and concessions. The nearby three-field fan with stadium provides seating for 2,500, restrooms, concessions, press box, hospitality suites and umpire rooms to accommodate tournaments large and small.
With more than 60 hotels and 4,600-plus rooms, spending the night in Columbus is easy. Choose from properties like the historic Columbus Marriott or the Hyatt Place Columbus-North, conveniently located near major highways.
The 57-court, 30-acre venue was built in 2016. Facilities include USTA standard, asphalt courts, six NCAA regulation courts, three center courts for tournament and collegiate play, and one exhibition court. All courts have lighting and access to shade. Built with wheelchair tennis in mind, the entire facility is ADA-accessible, including wider entryways and no steps.
A 51,063-square-foot indoor facility was added in 2020, with six hard courts, air conditioning and seating for just over 400, making year-round play comfortable no matter the weather. It even has eight permanent 36-foot courts for ages 10 and under, perfect for youth who are new to the game.