“Lubbock, Texas has fantastic sporting facilities for year-round events, including tennis, bowling and equestrian events, plus great nightlife and dining.”
Planning an off-season sporting event in Lubbock, Texas.
There are more than 50 hotels of every description in Lubbock, Texas. And that’s a good thing, given the swell of sports fans drawn to Texas Tech and Lubbock Christian Universities’ athletic events. But not every weekend is a Red Raider football or basketball weekend.
Located on the South Plains of West Texas, Lubbock is home to an impressive array of sports facilities just waiting for year-round events. The average 82-degree weather and low humidity, along with affordable, high-quality lodging and dining, make the area an ideal location for sporting events of all kinds.
Serving up some tennis
The Don & Ethel McLeod Tennis Center at Texas Tech has 12 lighted courts with plenty of seating for spectators, and the court resurfacing in 2010 gave the center the same surface in use at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, located in New York City. Spacious locker rooms with heavy dark wood accents have welcomed the 2005 NCAA men’s first and second-round finals, as well as the 2013 women’s first and second-round finals. The facility also hosts its share of non-collegiate action, such as the $50,000 Challengers and $15,000 Futures pro events.
The city’s Burgess Rushing Tennis Center has 16 lighted courts, a pro shop and year-round programs for juniors, as well as monthly tournaments. Director Jim Blacketer is a Professional Tennis Registry professional, a United States Tennis Association (USTA) High Performance Coach and a USTA Clinician. The facility offers adult USTA leagues and leagues for 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 National Tennis Rating Program level teams.
Lubbock is also home to two first-class bowling facilities, Whitewood Lanes and South Plains Lanes. Both have played host to the Texas State United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championship. Whitewood also hosted the team competitions for the Texas State United States Bowling Congress (TSUSBC).
South Plains Lanes is the league hot spot in Lubbock and recently played host to the widely successful Professional Bowlers Association’s (PBA) Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open in June 2015. This event was the fourth PBA event to receive live coverage on PBA’s online streaming service and brought in around 1,635 attendees, including 179 players and 23 PBA tour titlists.
Whitewood Lanes and South Plains Lanes both offer top-notch pro shops for any bowling gear needs for athletes or equipment repairs, plus enough lanes to handle plenty of competition. And with on-site food and drinks and friendly, helpful staff members, attendees will be well taken care of.
A short gallop away (most venues are within 15 minutes of one another) are two top-notch equestrian facilities, ideal for any equine event. The Texas Tech Equestrian Center boasts 50 acres with an indoor and outdoor arena. The Lonesome Pine Equestrian Center, with more than 41,000 square feet of covered space, leases its arenas for events.
Once activities have wrapped for the day, make sure that no horse enthusiast (or anyone else for that matter) misses a visit to the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech (featuring 48 structures dating back to the 1700s, which have been authentically restored and furnished) for a taste of the early Wild West tamers. This museum and historical park, depicting the life of North American ranchers, offers free admission. Breeze through ranch homes of the past, a school house, a depot and much more on the 16-acre site.
The complete package
In addition to touting premier sports facilities, the Lubbock Sports Team works with professional athletic planners to give event attendees maximum fun during their downtime, taking full advantage of Lubbock’s average of 263 days of sunshine per year.
Proximity to a major university also means there’s no shortage of diversions, from live music to theatrical productions, and from fine dining to fine dive bars.
Attendees can explore Lubbock with a jaunt over to the Museum of Texas Tech University with its rotating arts and humanities exhibits or compelling permanent exhibits, including a collection of World War II Lubbock photographs or Southwestern clay pottery. And they will probably want that requisite selfie taken next to the big Buddy Holly glasses on the lawn of the Buddy Holly Center, honoring the city’s favorite son. It’s an iconic must-do in Lubbock!
For dining, take your attendees to Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. and go for the ancho-rubbed filet, or the fondue at The Funky Door Bistro and Wine Room, which provides a fun alternative to the city’s plethora of southwestern fare. Variety on the prairie is the order of the evening where one can find Thai and sushi on streets once patrolled by cowboys.
Lubbock’s nightlife offers plenty for attendees, too, including its burgeoning music scene for both up-and-comers and established acts. The Depot Entertainment District conveniently provides several options within walking distance of one another, perfect for visitors. The Blue Light Live features live music performed almost nightly plus enthusiastic patrons. Wild West Lubbock offers free dance lessons on Thursday nights, plus drink specials, and the Cactus Theater, which originally opened in 1938, is famous for live music, as well as plays and musicals.
No matter what attendees choose for entertainment, another day of sunshine awaits them. You and your attendees won’t want to miss a moment!
Plan your next sporting event in Lubbock!
From family fun to live music and cultural festivals, Lubbock’s event calendar is full of exciting activities perfect for date night or a day out on the town with family and friends.
Are you in the mood for some West Texas barbecue, tasty Mexican food, a savory steak or simply a great home-cooked meal? Lubbock’s restaurants offer visitors all of these options and much more.
Find great gifts or treat yourself at one of our many local shops.
Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away or sit back, relax and sip on your favorite martini, Lubbock boasts an abundance of nightlife hot spots sure to fit your personality.
Rest assured there is no shortage of history and excitement in Lubbock. Discover a rock ‘n’ roll legend, the largest windmill collection in the world, historic ranch homes and much more. Lubbock attractions offer collectibles, art and memorabilia perfect for adults and kids alike.
Did you know that 80 percent of the wine grape production in Texas comes from this region? In fact, Lubbock is home to five award-winning wineries.
Art is a way of life in Lubbock. In fact, this art hub was one of the first Cultural Districts recognized by the State of Texas. We invite you to feed your creative spirit and appreciate the finer things life has to oer.
With an average of 265 days of sunshine per year, there’s no reason to stay inside during your visit to Lubbock. Relax at the golf course or at a nearby waterfront for the catch of the day. Lubbock is the ideal place for recreational activities.
What’s your perfect family outing? Lubbock’s museums and attractions are a great way to spend the day with loved ones.