Latest Sports Virginia News

FOUR NORTHERN VIRGINIA COUNTIES FORM SPORTS MARKETING PARTNERSHIP - AUGUST 10, 2021

Four counties in Northern Virginia have combined their sports marketing efforts to launch SportsNOVA, a regional sports tourism partnership that will market the area for sports-related travel. The goal of the partnership between Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties is to generate economic impact and foster community development in the region.

HAMPTON VIRGINIA WILL MAKE A BIG SPLASH NEXT SUMMER - JULY 1, 2021

The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex, Virginia’s largest competitive aquatic facility, is opening summer 2022. Purpose-built for competitive aquatics, the Aquaplex was designed to host Mid-Atlantic and national competitive swimming and diving events, artistic swimming, water polo, and more.

RICHMOND REGION TOURISM FOUNDATION INVESTS $25,000 IN LOCAL SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS - MARCH 18, 2021

A new Richmond Region Tourism Foundation grant program designed to help local sports organizations create or expand local tournaments or events in the region recently awarded $25,000 to 15 entities.

JMU BELIEVES ATLANTIC UNION BANK CENTER WILL OPEN NEW DOORS - NOVEMBER 11, 2020

The $139.5 million project is set to finally wrap up with both JMU's men's and women's teams opening their season in just a few weeks on November 25. Atlantic Union Bank Center seats 8,500, making it the fifth largest college basketball arena in Virginia by seating capacity.

USA FIELD HOCKEY OF NATIONAL HOCKEY FESTIVAL RETURNS TO COASTAL VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 6, 2020

The 40th edition of the USA Field Hockey of National Hockey Festival is splitting competition venues for 2020 Thanksgiving weekend. The National Hockey Festival will take place November 26-28 at Virginia Beach Sportsplex/Hampton Roads Soccer Complex and BB&T Sports Park in Bermuda Run, N.C.

SALEM AWARDED 15 NEW NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - OCTOBER 14, 2020

The City of Salem learned this afternoon that the NCAA has awarded the city and its longtime partners a staggering 15 National Championship events in the coming years, including the 50th Annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl that will return to Salem in December 2023.

LOUDON COUNTY LANDS MAJOR SOCCER TOURNAMENT IN A 5 YEAR DEAL WITH PREMIER SOCCER SERVICES - JUNE 25, 2020

A new major soccer tournament will debut in Loudoun County next year thanks to Visit Loudoun’s continued push to make the county a leading destination for sporting events.

VIRGINIA’S CHAMPIONSHIP CITY IS BACK IN BUSINESS! - JUNE 19, 2020

Salem is both proud and relieved to announce that three major events, that were originally slated to take place this summer in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, have been rescheduled.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS ARE STARTING TO RETURN IN THE AREA - JUNE 16, 2020

Virginia settles into the second phase of reopening, recreational sports are slowly and surely making a return. Everyone — spectators and participants alike — must maintain 10 feet of physical distance, and all coaches, staff and players must be screened daily.

STAFFORD REELS IN FIRST SPORTING EVENT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA POST PANDEMIC - JUNE 1, 2020

Stafford County will host the first sporting event in Northern Virginia and one of the first in Virginia post the Coronavirus Pandemic. Stafford County is excited to welcome the Kayak Bass Fishing Trail Series Tournament, and Kayak Bassin, a nationally televised fishing show hosted by retired U.S. Navy officer, Chad Hoover. 

CARILION CLINIC IRONMAN 70.3 VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE TRIATHLON HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 6, 2021 - APRIL 13, 2020

Due to the Executive Order issued by Governor Northam, the race on June 7, 2020 has been rescheduled to June 6, 2021. More information can be found at IRONMAN.com.

SPORTS TOURISM TAKES HIT, BUT EYES BOUNCE-BACK - APRIL 7, 2020

Hotels, restaurants and state-of-the-art facilities- just a few reasons why the Richmond area has become a home run for sports tourism. But the coronavirus pandemic has thrown organizers a curveball.

USA ARCHERY COLLEGIATE TARGET NATIONALS HEADS TO RICHMOND FOR 2021 - FEBRUARY 18, 2020

USA Archery is pleased to announce that Richmond, Virginia will be the host city for the 2021 National Collegiate Target Championships and World University Games – U.S. Team Trials on May 20-23.

CARILION CLINIC IRONMAN 70.3 VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE BIKE ROUTE TO FEATURE ICONIC BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - FEBRUARY 12, 2020

The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company (Nasdaq: WSG), announced today course details for the inaugural Carilion Clinic IRONMAN® 70.3® Virginia’s Blue Ridge triathlon taking place on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The center piece for the 70.3-mile route includes the bike course that will roll along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service filled with scenic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.   

USCAA ANNOUNCES RICHMOND REGION AS HOST CITY FOR 2021 & 2022 BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - FEBRUARY 6, 2020

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association is excited to announce that the 2021 and 2022 USCAA Basketball Small College National Championships will be held in Richmond, Virginia. The Championships will be administered jointly by the USCAA National Office and Richmond Region Tourism.

MAJOR SPORTS NEWS IN VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE  - NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge (Visit VBR) and VBR Sports are excited to announce that the region was awarded the 2021 USA Girls 16U and 18U GOLD Fastpitch National Championship (July 18 – 25, 2021) and the 2021 USA Men’s Class D & E Eastern Slowpitch National Championship (Sept. 3 – 6, 2021). These prestigious championships are a home run for all of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

FREDERICKSBURG NATIONALS RELEASE 2020 INAUGURAL SCHEDULE  - OCTOBER 24, 2019

The Fredericksburg Nationals, formerly known as the Potomac Nationals, are pleased to announce their 2020 schedule. The inaugural season to be played in their new ballpark in Fredericksburg, VA..

USA BMX SELECTS PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY - OCTOBER 24, 2019

USA BMX announced that Prince William County and NOVA BMX have been selected to host the ‘East Coast Nationals’ Aug. 14–16, 2020. USA BMX last hosted a national event in the County in 2016.

USA BMX HAS JUST RELEASED THE FIRST HALF OF THE 2020 NATIONAL SERIES - SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

January 24-26, 2020 Blue Ridge Nationals @ Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA (details: President’s Cup, 3 Day Natl)

HEART OF VIRGINIA CORPORATE CUP COMING THIS FALL - AUGUST 8, 2019

The Central Virginia Sports Commission (CVSC) is creating the Heart of Virginia Corporate Cup presented by Vista Graphics. The event will take place October 10-12, 2019, location TBA, and will engage the regional business community in competitive, social, participatory and charitable competitions in a networking environment.

GRAB YOUR CONTROLLER! ESPORTS ARENA OPENING THIS AUGUST - JULY 9, 2019

Shenandoah University Is Building A New State-Of-The-Art Esports Arena That Will Not Only Accommodate The School’s Esports Program, But Also The Sport’s Growing Popularity And Upcoming Launch Into Virginia Public High Schools.

HILLCATS TO HOST 2020 CAROLINA LEAGUE ALL-STAR CLASSIC - JUNE 19, 2019

The Lynchburg Hillcats, Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are excited to announce that the team will be hosting the 2020 Carolina League All-Star Classic. Presented by the Central Virginia Sports Commission, the game will take place at City Stadium on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

PRO SOCCER COMES TO THE PENINSULA FOR THE FIRST TIME - MARCH 8, 2019

Lionsbridge FC will welcome the Richmond Kickers, the longest continuously running professional soccer club in the United States, to Pomoco Stadium on the campus of Christopher Newport University for a friendly on Tuesday, July 9.

HAMPTON ROADS SPORTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES WATER COUNTRY USA® KIDS TRIATHLON. JANUARY 31, 2019

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission is proud to announce the inaugural Water Country USA® Kids Triathlon. The event will be held at Water Country USA on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. The Water Country USA Kids Triathlon is open to boys and girls of all skills levels ages 6-14.

HAMPTON ROADS SPORTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2019 HAMPTON ROADS CORPORATE CHALLENGE. JANUARY 22, 2019

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission announced the fourth annual Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge presented by Optima Health will be held April 22-May 4, 2019. The Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge brings together companies throughout Hampton Roads to compete in a variety of sports.

HAMPTON ROADS SPORTS COMMISSION INTRODUCES VIRGINIA SPORTS SUMMIT. DECEMBER 10, 2018

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC) will host the inaugural Virginia Sports Summit, February 5 and 6, 2019 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.

INTRODUCING CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPORTS COMMISSION. DECEMBER 5, 2018

An independent non-profit created to impact the region through sports.

TOUGH MUDDER VIRGINIA TO BE HELD IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, NORTHERN VIRGINIA IN JUNE 2019. NOVEMBER 28, 2018

The Tough Mudder Classic "Virginia" at Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket, Virginia on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 2019. The event will be comprised of an 8-10 mile loop loaded with 25 best-in-class obstacles, including 10 new or updated obstacles on every single course.

HAMPTON ROADS SPORTS COMMISSION LAUNCHES COVA OPEN. REGIONAL EVENT TO REDEFINE TRADITIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENTS.- JULY 31, 2018

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission is excited to announce the launch of a new event, the CoVA Open, to be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The CoVA Open redefines the traditional golf tournament. It will be held at Topgolf Virginia Beach

COUNCIL VOTES TO BUILD $68 MILLION SPORTS CENTER NEAR VIRGINIA BEACH OCEANFRONT - JULY 11, 2018

On Tuesday City Council decided to build it, and now they hope people will come to a new $68 million Sports Center at the Oceanfront.

ALI KRIEGER SPORTS COMPLEX IS NOW OPEN - JUNE 12, 2018

During a groundbreaking ceremony in October 2015, Ali Krieger – a 2016 Olympian and member of the 2015 Women's World Cup championship team – said she looked forward to the day she could come back and open the new sports complex that would eventually bear her name.

VIRGINIA AMATEUR SPORTS, LIBERTY UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG SEE CONTINUED GROWTH OF VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH GAMES - FEBRUARY 27, 2018

This summer, Amateur athletes from across Virginia will once again head to the campus of Liberty University and the City of Lynchburg for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, an event that keeps getting bigger and better.

VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE AWARDED AN IMBA SILVER-LEVEL RIDE CENTER DESIGNATION - MAY 18, 2018

Virginia's Blue Ridge is Now an Official IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center™ Staking Our Claim as "America's East Coast Mountain Biking Capital" Virginia's Blue Ridge has been awarded a Silver-Level Ride Center designation by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) elevating this region to a whole new level as a mountain biking destination.

ANNOUNCING THE 1ST ANNUAL VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE GRAN FONDO! - MAY 14, 2018

Virginia’s Blue Ridge (VBR) Sports (a division of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge) along with Botetourt County, Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce and Muddy Squirrel are pleased to announce the inaugural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo starting and finishing at Ballast Point on Sunday, October 14th.

VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE SPARTAN KIDS RACE ANNOUNCED - MAY 3, 2018

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Sports (VBR Sports is a division of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge) and Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism are pleased to announce the first ever Spartan Kids Race in Virginia this summer. The race will be held at Green Hill Park on July 21-22.

CIAA ANNOUNCES NEW GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP SITE - MARCH 20, 2018

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announced today a two-year agreement to partner with The Club at Viniterra in New Kent, Virginia as the site of the CIAA Golf Championships. The 2018 CIAA Golf championship will take place on April 19-20 and be hosted by Virginia Union University and Richmond Region Tourism.

‘ROCKETTS RED GLARE’ TOURNAMENT, FIREWORKS COMING TO RVA THIS SUMMER - MARCH 19, 2018

NBC12 is teaming up with Richmond Region Tourism for a first-of-its-kind, three-day professional volleyball tournament.

GIRLS ECNL 2018 FINAL FOUR TO TAKE PLACE IN RICHMOND, VA. - MARCH 16, 2018

The Girls ECNL 2018 Final Four will take place July 6-7 in Richmond, Virginia at the West Creek Complex.

‘ROCKETTS RED GLARE’ TOURNAMENT, FIREWORKS COMING TO RVA THIS SUMMER - MARCH 19, 2018

NBC12 is teaming up with Richmond Region Tourism for a first-of-its-kind, three-day professional volleyball tournament.

CENTRAL VA SPORTSPLEX NAMED AS TOP VENUE BY SPORTS MAGAZINE - MARCH 15, 2018

Chesterfield's River City Sportsplex was named as one of the "ULTIMATE Soccer and Lacrosse Destinations and Venues" by SportsEvents Magazine.

ARTHUR ASHE CENTER TO HOST THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT REGIONAL - MARCH 6, 2018

The Basketball Tournament, the summertime, single-elimination contest that awards the winning team $2 million, will come to Richmond for the first time this summer.

SRSC ANNOUNCES 2018 SPRING SCHEDULE - FEBRUARY 15, 2018

The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) is pleased to announce its 2018 spring schedule that will bring visitors to Martinsville-Henry County beginning February 24.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY WELCOMES NEW SPORTS RECREATION DESTINATION FOR THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION - FEBRUARY 7, 2018

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is pleased to announce the United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) will pursue development of a brand new headquarters and state-of-the-art tennis facility within Innovation Park.

VISIT VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE LAUNCHES A NEW REGIONAL INITIATIVE TO CAPTURE MORE SPORTS TOURISM - JANUARY 31, 2018

Capitalizing on the regional success as a well-established sports destination, Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge (Visit VBR) officials officially announced the formation of VBR Sports.

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