What's New in Sports in 2015

  • Virginia has much to offer competitors and spectators this year. Read the news release for additional highlights of what's new in sports in Virginia for 2015.


    • UCI Road World 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.  Athletes compete for their country in three different disciplines including the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the recently introduced Team Time Trial.
    • World Police and Fire Games Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Fairfax in 2015 
      Fairfax County and the National Capital Region will host the 30th anniversary of the prestigious World Police and Fire Games from June 26-July 5. The event, one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world, gives 12,000 first responders from more than 70 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.
    • 2015 PGA Tour – Quicken Loans National Tournament
      Prince William County has been chosen as the host location for the 2015 Quicken Loans National Tournament as announced by the Tiger Woods Foundation. The tournament will take place at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville. The Club has previously hosted the President’s Cup a total of four times, with the 1994 inaugural event as well as tournaments in 1996, 2000 and 2005.
    • NJCAA Division I Men’s National Soccer Tournament
      Martinsville will host the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division I Men's National Soccer Tournament that will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex November 16-21.





    New Transportation Options for Athletes and Spectators:
    • AMTRAK Virginia  Passengers can enjoy daily roundtrip one-seat service from Norfolk to Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC and up the mid-Atlantic to Boston. Check www.AmtrakVirginia.com  for stop off and stop over suggestions.
    • Washington, DC area Metro subway’s new Silver Line Phase 1 with service to Reston, Virginia is now open.  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.



    • Boars Head Inn: A newly constructed 33,000 square foot squash court facility opened April 2013. The facility serves as the home venue for the University of Virginia men’s and women’s squash programs and is 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
    • 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 athttp://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 has installed 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. Amenities include on-site Sports Cafe & Lounge with kitchen, premium bathrooms including showers and changing facility and bleachers for spectator viewing.  In addition, they opened up an XL Sports Tours travel office. http://www.xlsportsworld.com/richmond-va.html



    • 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 – two 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/



    • The new Philpott Marina and Campground is located in Bassett, VA on beautiful Philpott Lake. The marina features 40 boat slips that are available for rental on a yearly basis. Amenities include a fueling station with non-ethanol fuel, a marina store with fishing supplies, food, drinks and snacks, and public restrooms. Philpott Lake hosted the FLW Northwestern Conference College Fishing Championships that was televised internationally on December 16, 2012.



    • The Virginia Soccer Training Center is owned and operated by Virginia Youth Soccer Association and is one of the finest soccer training facilities on the East Coast. Situated on 50 acres of former farmland in Spotsylvania County half way between Washington, DC and Richmond, the facility boasts nine FIFA regulation fields including a small stadium. The facility will be the future home of VYSA's State offices and indoor training facility. VSTC will host tournaments, regional and national sports events including the National Championship Series (State Cup).
    • Elite Shooting Sports, a state of the art indoor shooting range and training facility located in Manassas, boasts four separate ranges that operate independently - two 25-yard 12-lane ranges, one 50-yard 10-lane range and one 100-yard 8-lane range. The facility offers range and gun rentals, a wide variety of training classes and more.
    • The Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg has a new addition. The Champion Field Pavilion is a 24,000-square-foot, three-level pavilion that features a lower level locker room and field entrance, a full service concession area and an upper level executive viewing area. The pavilion will seat up to 3,000 spectators and include an enclosed VIP viewing area/multi-purpose room on the third level with views of all four turf fields.
    • The D.C. area’s first public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Potomac Shores Golf Course, opened May 2014. The 18-hole, par-72 course along the Potomac River and Powell’s Creek in Prince William County features a 7,500 square foot luxury clubhouse with wrap around porch. http://potomacshores.com/golf


    Shenandoah Valley

    • The planned opening of two new ball diamonds at the Botetourt Sports Complex, located at Greenfield Recreation Park in Botetourt County will be in September 2015. These new additions will increase the Sports Complex's inventory to six championship quality fields and provide additional capacity for teams competing in various tournaments.



    • 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



    • 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 2016. Southwest Virginia’s first ATV trail system, "Mountain View" is open near the town of St. Paul.  This first phase includes 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