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    VENUES and ATTRACTIONS

    CENTRAL VIRGINIA

    Boars Head Inn: A newly constructed 33,000 square foot squash court facility opened April 2013. The facility will serve as the home venue for the University of Virginia men’s and women’s squash programs and will also be open to members of the Boar’s Head Sports Club and resort guests. The new facility includes eight international singles courts, an international show court with seating for about 200, two North American doubles courts, locker rooms, offices and storage. www.boarsheadinn.com 

    Collegiate School Aquatics Center, a 54,000 square foot aquatics center featuring the 2008 US Olympic Trials pool, 25 yard teaching pool and a HydroWorx therapy pool, has added sound and visual technology to their 2,500 square foot community room. In addition, handicap lifts and mobility support system for aquatics have been added. Visit http://www.swimrichmond.org 

    River City Sportsplex: : River City Sportsplex is a multi-sport complex in Chesterfield County, Virginia with 12 full size top of the line synthetic turf fields and nine out of the 12 fields are lighted. Contact Kate McKenna, CBRE at kate.mckenna@cbre.com or 804-320-5500 for more facility information.

    Mary B. Stratton Park is a new sports complex in Chesterfield County.  At the parks and recreation owned complex, there are two SPORTSTEX synthetic turf fields with lights and permanent lining for soccer, field hockey and boy’s lacrosse.  The property is located adjacent to Ukrop Park with its seven multipurpose fields and the Collegiate School Aquatics Center.  Up to four miles of trails for hiking, biking and picnicking will eventually be built on the 178 acres that make up Stratton Park.  Learn more at http://www.chesterfield.gov/parks/.

    The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat: This tree top adventure park will challenge you to new heights. Recently added obstacles make the park the largest high ropes course in central Virginia with 52 obstacles with 13 zip lines. Great for team building, tour of gardens and spending time outdoors.  www.theoutdooradventurepark.com 

    The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center:  sets a new standard in the NFL for summer training camp facilities. The project provides state-of-the-art facilities and two natural grass football fields designed especially for the Redskins during the three-week training period.  Bon Secours Health System operate the building as a full-service sports medicine rehabilitation and men’s health center throughout the year, in addition to offering men’s health, fitness and education programs and healthy kids initiative.  The fields are available for youth programming, tournaments and other uses.  http://redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/the-center 

    XL Sports World purchased the Richmond Indoor Sports Experience, better known as RISE, facility.  XL will be replacing the existing fields and installing two brand new state-of-the-art indoor fields which can be used for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and other sports.  Its business is largely from soccer teams, but the complex also caters to lacrosse and baseball.  In addition, they opened up an XL Sports Tours travel office.

    COASTAL VIRGINIA

    Deep Creek Park complex offers four lighted baseball fields – (three bronco and one pony field) – all with grass infields.  The park also offers four multi-purpose fields – one lighted; a dog park; an extensive trail system, several picnic areas, permanent concession and restrooms and ample free parking. The park hooks into a trail system that extends along the border of the Historic Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge making for a great biking, running or hiking experience http://www.visitchesapeake.com/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingID=1082   

    Go Ape! Freedom Park- Go Ape is a highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor experience featuring zip lines and awesome obstacles at heights of 40-50 feet in the trees!  Student friendly activity and group rates available. www.goape.com 

    The Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club has a brand new Tennis Center with 90,000 square feet of indoor family tennis, fitness and fun. The facility will include 10 Deco Turf II Indoor Courts, 30 Outdoor Courts (27 Clay, 3 Hard, 6 Quick Start Junior Courts), Health Club & Fitness Center, on-site restaurant and lounge and a JR. Olympic pool.  http://www.vbtcc.com/ 

    SOUTHERN VIRGINIA

    Philpott Lake Marina:  A new marina on Philpott Lake in Henry County is in the development stages and will be open to the public by early summer 2013.  Philpott Lake hosted the FLW Northwestern Conference College Fishing Championships that was televised internationally on December 16, 2012.

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    The D.C. area’s first public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Potomac Shores Golf Course, is set to open this summer. The 18-hole, par-72 course along the Potomac River and Powell’s Creek in Prince William County will feature a 7,500 square foot luxury clubhouse with wrap around porch.

    Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Gym in Manassas is hosting a multi-state regionals climbing competition open to qualifying participants May 11-12, 2013. The competition will showcase the sport of climbing by more than 300 of the best competitors on the East Coast.

    BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS

    Geocaching at Primland:  Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which a GPS receiver is used to hide and seek containers. At Primland, there are 2 courses designed in partnership with Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. The Pinnacle Loop Trail is ideal for families with young children, and The Buzzards Roost Trail is more challenging with more difficult terrain. Each trail contains caches that provide information on the history of the region and the plants and animals native to this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   In addition a re-creation of six miles of the Old Appalachian Trail for hikers and mountain bikers has opened.  www.primland.com 

    HEART OF APPALACHIA

    The Spearhead Trail is expected to be a world-class riding destination with over 500 miles of ATV and Equestrian trails for every skill level by the end of 2015.  Southwest Virginia’s first ATV trail system, "Mountain View" will open this summer near the town of St. Paul.  This first phase will include approximately 75 miles of trail offering riding experiences for all skill levels from easy green trails to our more challenging black trails. www.spearheadtrails.com 

     

    EVENTS

    SHENANDOAH VALLEY

    The Botetourt Sports Complex will host or co-host many major sporting events in 2013 from Adult Slow-Pitch Tournaments to the ISF Senior World Cup, but new this year to Botetourt is the Bike Virginia Tour, June 21-26, 2013. Cycling enthusiasts will see the beauty of western Virginia while biking from Rockbridge-Lexington-Buena Vista to Botetourt and around the Greater Roanoke Region. The complex is also constructing four new batting cages that will allow the complex to host more teams and add incentive for some event organizers.

    The Virginia Horse Center will host a new event in 2013.
       Hedrick Rodeo – December 7-8, 2013.

    CENTRAL VIRGINIA

    The Richmond Region will host several new events including: 

    • Triple Crown Volleyball Camp and Showcase at the Greater Richmond Convention Center – June 18-21
      The Triple Crown Volleyball Classic will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network from the Richmond Coliseum on Friday, June 21st.
    • Elite Clubs National League Finals – July 10-15 with the Under-17 National finals televised on ESPNU and GolTV.
    • The Richmond Raceway Complex at Richmond International Raceway will host a new Glow Run 5k on May 11, 2013.

    COASTAL VIRGINIA

    The 4th Annual Hampton Sports Festival is adding new events in 2013. Spectators can experience high-energy events with hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of athletes gathered to compete during this annual sports festival on February 15-17, 2013. This particular event will bring in over 20 different sports in one weekend.

    Williamsburg will host several new sporting events in 2013 including:

    • Revolutionary Rumble (volleyball) on April 26-28, 2013.
    • Rev3 Half Triathlon on June 21-23, 2013.
    • National Softball Association – Girls’ Fast pitch World Series on July 21-28, 2013.

    SOUTHERN VIRGINIA

    The Smith River Sports Complex near Martinsville will host the Pomerstone Lacrosse Classic, a College Club Women's Lacrosse event bringing in teams from across the United States on April 12-14, 2013. The complex will also will play host to the USA Ultimate Atlantic Coast College Regional's (April 27-28), bringing in teams from all over the East Coast. A number of other Lacrosse, Ultimate, and Soccer events will also take place in 2013.

    Martinsville has hosted several new, fun and innovative foot races in the past two years and in 2013 all seven races are being tied together into a challenge series called Miles in Martinsville. The series was created to support outreach programs of the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA and Activate MHC.

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition will host the 2013 Inaugural Tour of the Towns – Tour of Prince William Century Ride on Sunday, August 4, 2013. Enjoy a choice of round-trip routes (27 mile, 35 mile, and 100 mile) that will wind through urban, suburban, exurban, rural, forested, town, flat, and hilly areas.

    Loudoun County will host several new sporting events in 2013 including:

    • Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) North East Regional Championships – July 17-21, 2013.
    • US Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Skating Championships – November 19, 2013.

    STATEWIDE

    New Transportation Options for Athletes and Spectators: 

    • AMTRAK Virginia added a new passenger service from Norfolk in December 2012.
    • Washington, DC area Metro subway’s new Silver Line Phase 1 with service to Reston, Virginia is set to open in December 2013.  Phase 2 will extend service all the way to Washington Dulles Airport and is expected to open 2018.
    • The Virginia Railway Express is planning a train stop between Rippon and Quantico to be completed by 2017.

    Looking Ahead to Major Sporting Events in 2015: 

    • World Road Cycling Championships Coming to Richmond in 2015
      Cycling's pinnacle event, the 2015 World Road Championships will take place September 19 - 27 and will feature 12 races for elite men and women, men under 23 and junior men and women.
    • World Police and Fire Games Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Fairfax in 2015
      Fairfax Virginia will host the 30th anniversary of this prestigious event that gives first responders from more than 65 countries around the globe the chance to showcase their athletic abilities.
    • AAU Junior Olympic Games Return to Hampton Roads in 2015
      The AAU Junior Olympics will return to Hampton Roads for the 5th time in July 2015. Approximately 15,000 athletes from across the United States will return to Hampton Roads to participate in the ten day event. Billed as one of the largest amateur multi-sport events for youth in the country, the 10-day series encompasses 20 sports in all.
Last Updated: 10/7/2013 10:04 AM