What's New in Sports

New sports venues, renovations and events make Virginia a top sports destination.  Below are some highlights:

Central and Southern Virginia

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Professional Disc Golf World Championships are coming to Lynchburg, August 21-25, 2024. This will be the first ever PDGA World Championship held in Virginia.

The Henrico Sports and Events Center opened in fall of 2023 with 12 basketball courts or 24 volleyball courts and an arena with stadium seating. The 185,000-square-foot facility is projected to help position Henrico County as a leader in sports tourism by bringing big-ticket weekend events and visitors to the region.

Performance Pickleball a 12 indoor pickleball court facility opened in fall of 2023 in Henrico County. The venue is 41,000 square-foot and will eventually hold a total of 18 courts, with 6 outdoor courts. It is the largest pickleball facility in the state.

Bangers and Dinks a recreational pickleball facility opened in Chesterfield County in fall of 2023.

The historic Moore & Giles Virginia 10 Miler will celebrate its 50th year on September 28, 2024 in Lynchburg. Join more than 3,000 runners on an historic course that has hosted participants from around the globe. The 10-mile run, 4+ mile run/walk, and Amazing Mile Children’s Run invite men, women, and children of all ages and abilities to participate.

Wintergreen Resort has added a new 9-hole putter disc golf course.

Kings Dominion debuted Virginia’s first 4D Spin Coaster in March. Tumbili suspends riders on either side of the track as the cars flip continuously throughout the ride. Featuring state-of-the-art magnetic technology that induces and controls spinning, this 4D Spin Coaster gives riders the feeling of weightlessness as they cruise along the track tumbling and spinning head over heels in the rainforest tree canopy.

Coastal Virginia – Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore

Iron Pony Adventure Park, Chincoteague Island’s newest attraction for family fun, recently opened to the public. Guests can climb to new heights & experience the thrill of 30+ aerial obstacles on 2 full levels. Take yourself to the edge and try the pony plunge, a 26-foot-high leap of faith.

The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex is a state-of-the-art facility, the largest of its kind in Virginia. 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. Spectator seating for 1,500 overlooks the eight-lane, 50-meter pool with two moveable bulkheads. Seating for 760 athletes occupies the wide, spacious pool decks for the smoothest of swim and dive event execution.

A new Interactive Bike Trails Map was just launched for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in Newport News. The trails are separated into three categories: road biking, recreational biking and mountain biking, covering many miles of local terrain with varying degrees of difficulty. 

Virginia Beach Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility that hosts a diverse roster of sporting events and tournaments. The new 285,000-square-foot complex has space for 12 basketball courts convertible to 24 volleyball courts and flexible floor space as well as an Indoor articulated track.

Southwest Virginia – Blue Ridge Highlands, Heart of Appalachia

A new skill and pump track opened in Abingdon in November 2023. Nestled along the Virginia Creeper Trail at the Meadows Sports Complex, the site features an asphalt section and lots of wooden wall ride areas, ramps, and turns.

Four new boat landings and river access points have been added to the The New River Water Trail in Giles County.

Northern Virginia

Patriot Park North is Fairfax County’s new baseball and softball complex, it consists of four 90-foot diamonds, two 70-foot diamonds, batting cages, a press box and much. The facility is set to open in Spring of 2023.

In Herndon, the new Hashtag Gaming Arena is the perfect destination for those gamers in your life. Billed as the largest board game and collectibles retailer in the Mid-Atlantic, this first-of-its-kind facility hosts events for tabletop games, eSports, game education programming, and a host of retail experiences.

The Hal & Berni Hanson Regional Park features 10 multi-purpose soccer fields, two turf fields and four baseball/softball fields, a cricket field, four tennis/pickleball courts, grandstands batting cages and much more.

Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Mountains

The Horizons Edge Sports Campus is a 90,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art sports facility and event complex hosts events for sports, family activities, businesses it includes 4-basketball courts, 6-volleyball courts, a 200 x 100 foot multipurpose/indoor soccer field, and a family entertainment center.

A state-of-the-art esports arena is open at Shenandoah University, within the 1,571-square-foot arena is a stage, 12 competitor stations, 70 spectator seats, a broadcasting booth and three 12-foot projector screens on three walls.

A 9-hole Pitch & Putt disc golf course is coming to Bedford County at the Welcome Center in March 2024. Tee box one will be placed beside the existing LOVEwork, offering photo-ops for players as they tee off.

The re-imagined James I. Moyer Sports Complex will open in Salem in 2024, featuring four softball fields, thirteen pickleball courts, and a new playground. This facility annually hosts 40+ softball/baseball events and will be hosting regional pickleball events, as well.

Natural Bridge State Park‘s newest 18-hole disc golf course, along the Thistle Ridge Disc Golf Trail is now open to the public.

Southwest Virginia - Blue Ridge Highlands

The Christiansburg Huckleberry Park  opened in 2023. The park will feature several unique amenities such as a splash pad, a universal playground, an obstacle course, a fitness course, multiple dog parks, as well as volleyball and pickle ball courts and an amphitheater. This will be the only facility like it in the state.