2018 Sports Facilities Guide: Fort Smith, Arkansas

By Sponsored Content, June 13, 2018

In a valley cradled by the majesty of the Ozark and Ouachita mountains, Fort Smith can be found hugging the mighty Arkansas River at the state’s northwestern edge. At the outset of America’s frontier past, the city served as the gateway to the Wild West, and over the course of 200 years, Fort Smith has blossomed into a destination that is best described as a syzygy of nature, history, and modernity. We’re no strangers to competition, which is why Fort Smith is ready to “play ball” by offering the most diverse and expansive offering of sports facilities in the region.

Fort Smith Convention Center

Fort Smith Convention Center

Fort Smith Convention Center is an award-winning, multi-use facility that offers 48,640 square feet of infinitely flexible space for conventions, tradeshows, concerts and more. Plus, event planners have access to the convention center’s beautiful 1,331-seat ArcBest Performing Arts Center. And in case that isn’t enough, an additional 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space—as well as 255 guest rooms and suites—is available through the attached and new DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center. And when it comes to entertainment, Fort Smith Convention Center is just steps away from innumerable downtown eateries, boutiques, gift shops, and live music venues. Event attendees will also discover downtown attractions like the Park at West End, Fort Smith National Historic Site, Miss Laura’s Visitor Center, the Fort Smith Museum of History, and more than 25 works of world-renowned urban contemporary street art.

Quick Facts
Total Space 48,640 square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 40,000 square feet
Meeting Rooms On-Site 26
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating 1,331
Ceiling Height 34 ft.
Column-Free Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 1,200+

Bob Reykers, Event Sales Manager

Fort Smith Convention Center

Ben Geren Regional Sports Complex

Ben Green Regional Sports Complex

Ben Geren Regional Park is centrally located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, offering multiple sports facilities, outdoor recreation and on-site group entertainment all in one location. The 10-field softball complex is home to softball leagues that include adult, co-ed, youth, and tee-ball. The 12-field soccer complex (more in the works) is one of the finest facilities in the region and hosts multiple regional tournaments. The tennis center—complete with certified instructors—offers 6 lighted courts to adult and junior leagues, as well as summer tennis camps. 27-hole Ben Geren Golf Course is known as one of Arkansas’ premier public golf courses, and the largest and nicest Disc Golf Course in the region provides two 18-hole courses with challenging obstacles. Visitors can also enjoy 17-miles of paved and off-road bike trails, an amazing fitness course, miniature golf, Go Carts, brand new Parrot Island Waterpark, playgrounds, covered pavilions, ample parking and a lot more.

Quick Facts
Distance from Downtown 6.8 miles
Total Space 10-field softball complex, 12-field soccer complex, 6-court tennis center, 27-hole golf course, two 18-hole disc golf courses, 12 bike trails, 2 sand volleyball courts
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking On-Site Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 1,200+

Amy Jones
Fort Smith CVB


Destination Facts

Downtown Hotel Rooms 898
Surrounding Area Hotel Rooms 4,000+
Sports Venues 40+
Largest Indoor Venue Fort Smith Convention Center
Largest Outdoor Venue Ben Geren Regional Park
Closest Airport Fort Smith Regional Park

Recently Hosted

> 2018 Battle at the Fort
> 2018 Southeast Global Shootout
> The Judge’s Cup 2018

What’s New

> New Fairfield Inn & Suites
> Riverfront Skate & Bike Park
> National U.S. Marshals Museum coming in Sept. 2019

Key Indoor Venues

Fort Smith Convention Center
Stubblefield Center
Harper Stadium

Key Outdoor Venues

Ben Geren Regional Park
Kelley Park Ballfields
Creekmore Pool Complex


Amy Jones, Convention & Event Sales Director