A new year means new sports venues for planners to consider placing their events. In 2017, there’s something for everyone, whether you specialize in field or indoor sports and regardless of which section of the country you’re interested in. Behold, 17 venues for you to know in 2017.
Albany Capital Center
Where: Albany, N.Y.
Albany Capital Center tips off in time to host the MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in March. Local officials say the center should add 150,000 attendees to the region annually and have an estimated economic impact of $36 million. Beyond basketball, the venue can host trade shows and meetings for up to 5,000 people.
Anaheim Convention Center
Where: Anaheim, Calif.
The convention center is in the midst of an expansion that will add 200,000 square feet of flexible space. The project is slated for completion in fall 2017 and will open the door for more indoor events like gymnastics, wrestling and weightlifting, including the IWF World Championships.
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Where: West Palm Beach, Fla.
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will be a shared spring training site used by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The 6,500-seat venue, set to open in January, includes six practice fields. The teams have agreed to build a 12-acre public park, making the facility one of the Grapefruit League’s top draws.
DE Turf Complex
Where: Frederica, Del.
Opening this spring, the new complex will fit 12 synthetic turf fields and a 1,500-seat championship stadium into an 85-acre campus. The facility figures to be a big draw for regional events, attracting teams from New York, Philadelphia and D.C.