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Columbus Sports Venues
Couple our abundant facilities with the Sports Council’s experienced staff and cadre of loyal volunteers and you have the recipe for a successful event.
Popular Sporting Event Venues
Columbus Aquatic Center
This state-of-the-art natatorium offers 57,000 square feet of space, including a 10-lane, 50-meter Olympic pool; a 22-lane, 25-meter pool; a diving well with multiple springboards, including one meter and three meters; and a 25-yard, four-lane warming pool. Additionally, both the short and long courses are USA Swimming–certified. The facility also has a 900-seat mezzanine, a concession area with seating for more than 30 people, and an air-conditioned concourse with six televisions to watch the competition.
South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium
Recently renovated, this venue has hosted international, collegiate, and high school tournaments. The complex was originally built for the 1996 Olympic Women’s Fastpitch Softball Competition and houses eight fields, including a 2,500-seat stadium. The venue covers 90 acres and features the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, Columbus Civic Center, Columbus Ice Rink, Jonathan Hatcher Skatepark, and Historic Golden Park. Adjacent to downtown on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, South Commons provides convenient access to a variety of restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, including Woodruff Riverfront Park, which boasts the longest urban whitewater course in the world.
The Columbus Civic Center and Ice Rink
Hockey, figure skating, cheerleading
These facilities are adjacent to each other and connected via a short covered walkway. The Civic Center is a multipurpose sports and entertainment facility that welcomes competitions and artists from across the country. The center offers 23,000 square feet of floor space, 5,000 square feet of hospitality space, and up to 10,000 seats. The two buildings have two ice rinks that can be reconfigured with flooring to cover the ice below.
Cooper Creek Tennis Center
This facility has been recognized as a U.S. Tennis Association Facility of the Year. It features 57 courts (41 clay courts, 12 hard courts, and four 60-foot QuickStart courts) in one location, making it the largest public clay court facility in the United States.
Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex
Soccer, ultimate frisbee
This 11-field complex features lighting, ample parking, and concessions. The fields are suitable for multiple age groups. Park once and play all day at this beautiful park.
The Columbus Convention and Trade Center
Mat sports, gymnastics, boxing; transition area for the Chattahoochee Triathlon Series
This multipurpose sports and entertainment facility is located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in the Columbus Historic District. The building has more than 182,000 square feet of floor space with 17 meeting rooms to satisfy a variety of needs. The Trade Center houses an on-site kitchen with the capacity and staff to prepare up to 4,000 meals at a time. There is also a concession area located between the exhibit halls that is available for trade shows and events; it has loading dock facilities and a parking garage. Nearby you’ll find first-class sleeping accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. The Columbus Convention and Trade Center has hosted the Chattahoochee Challenge Gymnastics Invitational, the American Grappling Federation BJJ Championships, the Chattahoochee Triathlon Series, and a multitude of sports banquets.
Other Area Attractions
In your downtime, tour the awe-inspiring National Infantry Museum, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, or the National Civil War Naval Museum; raft the longest urban whitewater course in the world; zip line over the river to Alabama; or take advantage of our 22-mile RiverWalk on the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. Columbus is home to some of the best barbecue in the country, but when hunger strikes there’s no shortage of palate-pleasing choices. If shopping is on your to-do list, the Chattahoochee Valley offers a cornucopia of nationally recognized stores complemented by unique local boutiques.
How To Get There
A city rich in history and amenities, Columbus is 90 minutes south of Atlanta with easy access via Interstate 85. Scenic highways lead to Columbus from Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, making car and bus trips an easy drive. The Columbus Airport welcomes Delta flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. T.E.A.M. Columbus, which includes the Columbus Sports Council, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Columbus Parks and Recreation, will assure you a top-notch experience.