2018 Sports Facilities Guide: Louisville, Kentucky

By Sponosored Content, May 12, 2018

Louisville is a place where champions are made and the city that brought you Muhammad Ali, the Louisville Slugger and the Kentucky Derby has a lot to offer. The Kentucky Exposition Center boasts 1.2 million square feet of space, the KFC Yum! Center is a state-of-the-art 20,000-seat arena and the Kentucky International Convention Center is poised to reopen in August of 2018 with 200,000 contiguous square feet. Louisville also has impressive university athletics facilities and incredible park systems, making this city the perfect place for champions to shine. There’s an entire community of enthusiastic volunteers, partnering local facilities and universities, city concierge services, and marketing and public relations support that is ready and willing to help your event become the next big thing in sports. Welcome to the city where champions are born.

Kentucky Exposition Center

Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky Exposition Center is the sixth largest facility of its kind in the United States. It features large facilities with diverse capabilities. Located directly adjacent to the Louisville International Airport, this facility has three venues on one property.

Quick Facts
Total Space 1.2 million square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 700,000 square feet
Meeting Rooms On-Site Yes
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating 19,000 in Freedom Hall; 6,600 in Broadbent Arena
Ceiling Height 27 ft.
Column-Free Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 9,964

E.P. Tom Sawyer Park

E.P. Tom Sawyer Park

Established in 1970, E.P. Tom Sawyer Park is one of the most unique state parks in Kentucky. This 550-acre urban park facility is open throughout the year and located in the northeastern part of Louisville. The park’s amenities include an activities center with a gymnasium that has indoor courts for badminton, basketball and volleyball, as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool and weight room. The park includes 12 lighted tennis courts, 14 soccer fields, three lighted softball fields, a 1-mile fitness trail, a 1-mile nature trail, a model aircraft airfield, a dog park, playgrounds and picnic facilities. The permanent BMX track has recently undergone a $950,000 renovation and expansion which includes a rebuilt three-meter hill with new starting gate, a new eight-meter hill with starting gate, new trusses on starting hills, rebuilt first and third turns and an expanded first lane of the track. It is one of only a handful of tracks like it in the United States.

Quick Facts

Distance from Downtown 14 miles
Total Space 550 acres
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking On-Site Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating No
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 5,891

Destination Facts

Downtown Hotel Rooms 5,589 rooms
Surrounding Area Hotel Rooms 22,105
Restaurants 2,500
Sports Venues 7
Largest Indoor Venue Kentucky Exposition Center
Largest Outdoor Venue E.P. Tom Sawyer Park
Closest Airport Louisville International Airport

Recently Hosted

> USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships
> NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships
> ACC Cross Country Championships
> Varsity Brands WSF All Star Cheer & Dance Championship
> National Wheelchair Basketball Association National Championships
> Lacrosse America Bluegrass Lacrosse Festival
> Junior Volleyball Association World Challenge National Tournament

What’s New

> Omni Hotel
> AC Marriott
> Renovated/expanded Kentucky International Convention Center

Key Indoor Venues

Kentucky Exposition Center
KFC Yum! Center
Kentucky International Convention Center (reopening August 2018)

Key Outdoor Venues

E.P Tom Sawyer Park
Champions Park
Cherokee Park
Parklands of Floyds Fork


Gen Howard, Senior Sales Manager
Louisville CVB

Greg Fante, Vice President of Sports Development
Louisville Sports Commission