Columbia, S.C.: Your Ideal Destination for All Things Sports

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Sports have always given the good people of Columbia, South Carolina, a reason to rally. While the Gamecocks may have the home advantage at USC events, Columbia plays host to sports and competitions for all ages and skill levels from all over who benefit from the region’s predictably sunny days, gracious charm and good old-fashioned kindness. From football, baseball and basketball to quidditch, lacrosse and rowing, Columbia is the real Southern hot spot for sporting events. Columbia boasts a diverse array of venues including state-of-the-art stadiums, courts and fields—not to mention rivers and scenic streets–that make it an ideal destination for all kinds of sporting events. To name a few, Spirit Communications Park, The Palmetto Health Fields at Saluda Shoals, Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center at Otarre Point and Colonial Life Arena all make it possible to host events ranging in size from local games and matches to major national tournaments. Columbia, S.C. lies at the confluence of the Saluda and Broad Rivers, which merge right in town to form the Congaree. The region is flush with natural venues, parks and opportunities for outdoor adventures and sports. With so many trails, gardens and Lake Murray nearby, it doesn’t take long to get from the middle of town to what seems like the middle of nowhere. When planning your event here, the Experience Columbia SC Sports team is on hand to roll out the red carpet. We’ll plan the event with you every step of the way and provide the kind of individualized attention that can be heard to come by in larger destinations. We plan specialized site visits and brainstorm creative ways to make sure you and your participants feel at home in Columbia. Affordable hotels are plentiful and with three interstates that intersect the city and a regional airport, getting here is easy. Nearby museums, Congaree National Park and an acclaimed zoo, as well as a culinary scene bursting with top talent, offer attendees and athletes of all ages a capital city with a college town vibe that’s well worth exploring beyond the main event. Contact Scott Powers, Executive Director Experience Columbia SC Sports 803.545.0009