2018 Sports Facilities Guide: Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi

By Sponsored Content, May 8, 2018

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the gateway to a truly authentic Coastal experience. The region’s temperate climate, along with its 62 miles of scenic shoreline and astounding natural beauty, makes for the perfect year-round destination. There is an incredible amount to do, see and experience across the Mississippi Gulf Coast: from outdoor activities, such as kayaking, boating, fishing and hiking, to a wide variety of attractions, museums, world-class gaming and championship golf courses. When it comes to food, this is the place to be- from quaint local seafood spots to fine dining, we’ve got it all!

Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center is a 400,000-sq.-ft. beachfront facility that can handle groups of up to 6,000 people. Best of all, you’ll make the most of your attendees’ break times when you choose to hold your meeting in the heart of one of the fastest-growing resort destinations in the region. Hall E exhibit hall houses a 127,100-sq.-ft. space with lots of floor capacity and seven private meeting rooms. The exhibit hall has the latest in telecommunications, storage and F&B capabilities. In the new 17,100-sq.-ft. west lobby, you’ll find a very special niche perfect for registration, a continental breakfast or a reception.

Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

Quick Facts
Total Space 527,100 square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 413,000 square feet
Meeting Rooms On-Site Yes
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating Yes
Ceiling Height 34 ft.
Column-Free Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 4,000

Gloria Frey, Director of Convention Sales
228-594-3700 or 800-726-2781

Gulfport Sportsplex

Gulfport Sportsplex

The Gulfport Sportsplex is a 250-acre recreational park conveniently located near Interstate 10. The Sportsplex has nine terraced baseball fields with hybrid sand-based turf, crimson-stone infields, scoring towers, four international-size soccer fields, and a control center with concessions and restrooms. An extra amenity on-site is Gulf Islands Waterpark featuring wild rides, miles of slides, plus much more.

In 2017 the Sportsplex hosted 67 tournaments, 2,748 teams, and an estimated 80,000 visitors. Construction is currently underway on an $8.5 million dollar expansion to add a complex with six synthetic turf fields with LED lighting, two stadium fields for football and soccer, as well as new restroom facilities. The new state of the art complex is scheduled to open June 2018.

Quick Facts
Distance From Downtown Less than 10 miles
Total Space 9 baseball/softball fields and 4 soccer/multipurpose fields; after expansion, 15 baseball/softball fields (6 synthetic turf) and 6 soccer/multipurpose fields (2 stadium fields)
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking On-Site Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating 3,000
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 4,000

Rusty Ramage, Sportsplex Manager

Destination Facts

Number of Hotel Rooms 15,000
Sports Venues 29
Largest Indoor Venue Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
Largest Outdoor Venue Gulfport Sportsplex
Closest Airport Gulfport-Biloxi International

Recently Hosted

> National Veterans Golden Age Games
> Athletx Baseball – Gulf Coast Nationals
> C-USA Baseball Championship

What’s New

> Betsy Ann Riverboat tours
> Finish Line Performance Karting (opening in 2018)
> All-suite Watermark Hotel in downtown Biloxi (opening in 2018)

Key Indoor Venues

Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
KROC Center
Biloxi High School

Key Outdoor Venues

Gulfport Sportsplex
Harrison County Fairgrounds
Ocean Springs Sports Complex


Janice Jefferson, Director of Sales
888-467-4853, ext. 2245