Takeaways from the RVA Field Trip

By Sara Delgado, June 18, 2018

Famed for its roots in American history, Richmond delivers a noteworthy historic experience through sites like Capitol Square, the American Civil War Museum and Edgar Allen Poe Museum. However, that’s not really River City’s M.O. these days and it takes being there to truly absorb the authentic, on-the-go, outdoorsy vibe that engulfs the region.

During the RVA Field Trip, hosted by Connect Sports and Richmond Region Tourism, the goal was simple: show planners the active, outdoor-driven lifestyle Richmond now proudly touts. From rock-climbing to cycling, athletes and visitors of all kinds can get their heart rate going in Richmond.

Green for Miles

Richmond boasts a number of sports complexes and green spaces that are available for events and tournaments of all kinds. The recently renamed Glover Park features two organic in-filled artificial turf pods with lights. Each pod can fit two NCAA-sized soccer fields and many other configurations. The complex also has eight sand volleyball courts. River City Sportsplex, Richmond’s 115-acre tournament-quality facility, is home to 12 premier synthetic turf fields. For indoor appeal, Greater Richmond Convention Center sports 178,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit hall space that has been able to accommodate an array of sporting event setups.

Young at Heart

With Richmond’s capital city status and closely-knit relationship with universities like Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond, the more the city grows, the more attractive it becomes to new grads looking to keep it local. VCU’s Center for Sports Leadership holds a 98 percent success rate of employment for all students in the last two years. The city has a growing young population that makes the city come alive with events like First Fridays, where visitors can enjoy an art walk through the city while checking out restaurants, galleries and shops after hours.

Worthy Chews & Brews

Following the trends of farm-to-table food and craft beer, Richmond has a diverse amount of food offerings from Asian-Mexican fusion at Wong Gonzalez to eclectic French cuisine at L’opossum. If you’re looking to hop from brewery to brewery, local favorites Veil Brewing or Ardent Craft Ales are a good starting off point. But why not throw a cidery in the mix? Blue Bee Cider offers a monthly rotation of $15 flights so visitors can always try something new.

Oakland recently hosted the U.S. Rowing Master National Championships, a prestigious four-day event that attracted many of the country’s top rowers.

NAIA is now accepting bids to host its 2021 and 2022 Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships. RFPs are due Dec. 1.

With more than 40 years experience in facility management and safety, Harold Hansen knows his way around risk assessment and security.

From its wide array of complexes to locals’ embrace of the outdoors, Richmond, Virginia, is putting itself on the map as an elite sports destination.

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