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Dec 12, 2017

Why Lubbock is a Premier Destination for Sports Events

With 263 days of sunshine on average each year, nearly 1,000 restaurants, an average commute time of 17 minutes and an array of world-class sports venues, Lubbock is a premier sports destination for groups competing in a variety of events such as baseball, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, running, rodeos and more. Here are just a few of the reasons you should host a sporting event in Lubbock.

NJCAA & NCAA Sports
As many may know, the “Hub City” is home to Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University. During off seasons, these campuses are busy hosting sporting events and summer camps. Texas Tech boasts the John Walker Soccer Complex, Terry & Linda Fuller Track & Field Complex, Jones AT&T Stadium, Don & Ethel McLeod Tennis Center, Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park and Rocky Johnson Field (softball). Lubbock Christian University offers Rip Griffin Center (basketball) and Hays Field (baseball). 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.

Buffalo Springs Lake - Ironman 70.3

Buffalo Springs Lake – Ironman 70.3

Outdoor Pursuits
For running events and other outdoor races or competitions, Buffalo Springs Lake is a popular option. This site is a great location for the triathlon events complete with a lake and various trails. Endurance events like Ironman 70.3 take place at Buffalo Springs Lake, as do other races.

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. In 2017, Lubbock hosted the Wushu National Team Trials with 24 athletes selected from the trials to compete on the U.S. National Wushu Taolu Team in Kazan, Russia. The coliseum also hosts rodeos and motor-cross events, as does the Lubbock Speedway and TNT Raceway.

After the Game
Hosting a sporting event in Lubbock is not just about the game. Players, coaches, family members and friends alike will be impressed by the wide selection of dining options from local spots like Caprock Cafe and West Crust Pizzeria to well-recognized restaurants like P.F. Chang’s and Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar. Along with food, Lubbock offers one-of-a-kind attractions that give tribute to the city’s history such as the National Ranching Heritage Center. Don’t forget the expansive list of hotels, providing you and your team affordable, high-quality accommodations.

Planning a sporting event in Lubbock? Let the Visit Lubbock’s Sports Team help with acquiring hotel accommodations and more.