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Jun 17, 2016

Why Lubbock is a Top Destination for Sports Events

Fact: On average, Lubbock receives approximately 263 days of sunshine each year, and the typical commute around the city is 15 minutes. Another fact: Lubbock is home to a blend of world-class sports venues, not the least of which are situated on the Texas Tech University campus. And the best part about Lubbock as a sports destination is the variety of competitions it can host: baseball tournaments, soccer events, tennis, gymnastics, running events, rodeos and more.

School Spirit
Here, locals take their sports seriously, and many of them have attended sports events on the Texas Tech and Lubbock Christian University campuses. During off seasons, though, those campuses are busy hosting sporting events and summer camps. The Terry & Linda Fuller Track & Field Complex at Texas Tech is a popular spot for running events, while Hays Field at Lubbock Christian hosts baseball. Texas Tech also has the John Walker Soccer Complex, Jones AT&T Stadium (where the football team plays), Don & Ethel McLeod Tennis Center, Dan Law Field (baseball) and Rocky Johnson Field (softball), and Lubbock Christian also has the Rip Griffin Center (basketball). Learn more about each venue here.

Rip Griffin Center (Lubbock Christian University)

Rip Griffin Center (Lubbock Christian University)

Dan Law Field (Texas Tech University)

Dan Law Field (Texas Tech University)

Texas Tech is also home to The Rawls Course, an award-winning golf course named the No. 2 course you can play in Texas and the No. 3 best campus course in the nation according to GolfWeek. The Rawls Course regularly hosts tournaments, leisure group outings and corporate events. Planning events at The Rawls Course includes assistance in pre-tournament planning, personalized cart signs and more. Read more about planning events at The Rawls Course here.

The Rawls Course

The Rawls Course

In addition to Lubbock’s college campuses, the local high schools also have space to host events. The Lubbock Independent School District boasts Lowrey Field, a state-of-the-art football stadium. Also, Lubbock High School has Chapman Field (baseball), Westerner Field (baseball), tennis courts and a gymnasium. Many of the same options are available at Coronado High School, Frenship High School, Lubbock-Cooper High School and Monterey High School. The city also houses the Lubbock Youth Sports Complex, a 16-field baseball venue perfect for youth baseball and softball tournaments.

Outdoor Pursuits
For running events and other outdoor races or competitions, Buffalo Springs Lake is a popular option. It’s the spot that often hosts triathlon events, because the lake is great for the swimming portion, and an around-the-lake trail leads to more paths for running and biking throughout the area. Endurance events like Ironman 70.3 take place at Buffalo Springs Lake, as do fun themed-races including the Original Beer Run (for epilepsy) and Buffalo Wallow Races Half Marathon (where runners must complete 10 miles in under two hours).

Buffalo Springs Lake - Ironman 70.3

Buffalo Springs Lake – Ironman 70.3

Less Common Sports
Lubbock is a great spot for common sports events, but it can also host events that aren’t necessarily unique to Texas. The City Bank Coliseum (adjacent to Texas Tech), for example, is a large stadium built to seat up to 7,050 spectators . It’s a great spot to host rodeos, where cowboys compete in bronco riding, bull riding, lassoing and roping. The coliseum also hosts motocross events, as does the Lubbock Speedway and TNT Raceway.

Beyond the Games
Hosting a sporting event in Lubbock is not just about the game. Lubbock guarantees your team and their fans a good time, with access to world-class museums, such as the National Ranching Heritage Center, authentic Tex-Mex and barbecue eats, affordable local hotel options and a supportive local community. Get your team on-board and excited for their next sporting destination when you make it to Lubbock.

National Ranching Heritage Center

National Ranching Heritage Center