When it comes to sporting events and tournaments, the Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island area scores big with event planners. The Emerald Coast Convention Center, Northwest Florida’s only convention center, can be configured to fit any kind of event, from a professional umpire meeting to a national cheer competition. Or choose from a number of other venues designed to host a variety of outdoor and indoor events, including softball, basketball, golf, horse shows and more. Plus, unwinding on a beach of sugar-white sand beside emerald-green waves is the perfect way to relax after any sporting event.
Emerald Coast Convention Center
As the only convention center in Northwest Florida, the Emerald Coast Convention Center is a great place to host large conventions, small meetings and sporting events of various sizes. You’ll find Southern hospitality alive and thriving here at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, where responsive service, a desire to help you succeed and attention to detail are points of pride for every member of our team. From the smallest task to the overall big picture, our goal is to always exceed your expectations. The Emerald Coast Convention Center provides 12 distinct meeting rooms, ranging from 450 to 10,800 square feet, combined to create a 21,000-sq.-ft. free-expanse Emerald Grand Ballroom. All spaces can be configured to optimize your event experience.
Total Space 35,000 square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 21,000 sq.-ft. Emerald Grand Ballroom and Exhibition Hall
Meeting Rooms On-Site Yes
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating No
Ceiling Height 10-24 feet
Hotel Rooms Within Walking a 10-Minute Drive Within walking distance of area hotels, including the Holiday Inn Resort, Four Points by Sheraton and Hilton Garden Inn
Tisha Maraj, CMP
Preston Hood Athletic Complex
Located in the beautiful city of Fort Walton Beach, the Preston Hood Athletic Complex in Fort Walton Beach is an $8.5 million complex that opened in 2016. The complex is ideal for a range of sporting activities as it boasts 30,000 square feet of multi-use space, as well as ten fields; five baseball, three soccer, and two softball. In addition to the athletic fields, the recreational center also includes a skate park and is home to the Emerald Coast Lightning lacrosse team. Plus, as the complex is less than two miles from the beach, you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting for your next outdoor sporting event.
Total Space 30,000 square feet of multi-use space, 10 fields; five baseball, three soccer and two softball.
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking On-Site Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating Yes
Hotel Rooms Within Walking a 10-Minute Drive Within two miles of area hotels including a Days Inn and Comfort Inn