2018 Sports Facilities Guide: Columbus, Georgia

By Sponsored Content, May 19, 2018

Columbus, Georgia, is a great city rich with a variety of sports facilities, located just 75 miles south of Atlanta. The award-winning Columbus Sports Council, along with the Columbus CVB and Columbus Parks and Recreation, will ensure you have a top-notch experience.

Columbus is home to a 10,000-seat civic center with two ice rinks, a convention center, football and baseball stadiums, a 11-field soccer complex, a 57-court tennis center and an eight-field softball complex, and is home to the 1996 Olympic fast-pitch softball competition, the world’s longest urban white-water course, Columbus Aquatic Center and more. Couple these facilities with the Sports Council’s experienced staff and a cadre of loyal volunteers, and you have the recipe for a successful event of any size.

During downtime, attendees can tour the National Infantry Museum and Coca-Cola Space Science Center or take advantage of the 22-mile RiverWalk. When hunger strikes, there’s no shortage of palate-pleasing restaurants. If shopping is on your to-do list, Columbus offers a cornucopia of nationally recognized stores complemented by unique local boutiques.

Columbus rolls out the red carpet for you, just like it does for thousands of happy visitors each year.

Columbus Aquatic Center

Columbus Aquatic Center

Columbus Aquatic Center is a 57,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art natatorium featuring a 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool and a 25-yard warming pool. At the west end of the pool, two 1-meter and one 3-meter diving platforms look down on 13 feet of water. Adjacent to the pool deck are men’s and women’s showers, restrooms and locker rooms. The mezzanine level has seating for 900 spectators, as well as men’s and women’s restrooms. The facility also features concessions, free parking and party facilities. Columbus Aquatic Center is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, including high-definition cameras for live streaming video that’s fed to our concourse area. Spectators can continue to watch their athletes even after leaving their seats by viewing them on the television screens located along the concourse.

Quick Facts
Total Space 57,000 square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 29,000 square feet
Meeting Rooms On-Site Yes
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating 900
Ceiling Height 26 ft.
Column-Free Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 3,000+

South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium

South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium

South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium in Columbus truly brings value to your event, and the facilities are unparalleled in the softball universe. The eight fields with a roundhouse and 2,500-seat stadium have hosted hundreds of local, state, regional, national and even international softball events, including the 1996 Olympic fast-pitch softball competition.  Our complex is a complete package with on-site concessions, abundant parking and proximity to the civic center, and a football and baseball field. It is perfectly located in historic Columbus with more than 40 nearby hotels, local and national restaurants, shopping and the world’s longest urban whitewater course and zip-line adventure.

Quick Facts
Distance From Downtown 1 mile
Total Space 52 acres
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking On-Site Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating 6,500+
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 3,000+

Destination Facts

Hotel Rooms in Surrounding Area 4,700
Restaurants 442
Venues 30+
Largest Indoor Venue Columbus Convention and Trade Center
Largest Outdoor Venue South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium
Closest Airports Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International; Columbus Metropolitan

Recently Hosted

> USA Softball Southern Nationals
> Georgia High School Association Cheerleading Championships
> Georgia Soccer State Cup Round Robin
> National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic
> USTA National Selection Tournament – Boys’ 14s and 16s

Key Indoor Venues

Columbus Civic Center and Ice Rink
Columbus Convention and Trade Center
Columbus Aquatic Center

Key Outdoor Venues

South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium
Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex
Cooper Creek Tennis Center


Merri Sherman, CSEE, Executive Director