When it comes to sports event planning, Kalamazoo is big league all the way. We’ve earned a reputation as the perfect host for sports events of all sizes. We attract players from coast to coast, and win rave reviews from everyone who attends.
1. EVENT EXPERIENCE
In 2019, Kalamazoo hosted 90 sports events, more than 61,000 athletes, and generated $26.9 million in estimated economic impact. Just to name a few, Kalamazoo hosted the 2019 USA Curling National Championships, United States Tennis Association Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championship, U.S. Synchronized Skating Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, MHSAA Team Wrestling Finals, USA Pickleball Association Great Lakes Regional and the list goes on.
2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
WE’RE IN THE PERFECT SPOT
Kalamazoo is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region, midway between Detroit and Chicago. Giving you, your attendees and their families the perfect opportunity to drive-in, fly-in or travel to Pure Michigan before or after the event.
The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport is serviced by American, Delta, and United Airlines. All jet service to major hub cities of Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis.
3. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT
Whatever type of sports event and age group you’re looking to host in Kalamazoo, we have a venue for you. Lacrosse? Absolutely. Synchronized skating, eSports, Wrestling? No doubt. Hockey? Easy, we’ve got 6 rinks. Cheer? Dance? We know just the place. The possibilities don’t stop there though, we’re all about the unconventional and eccentric sports events (just like our name Kalamazoo), so bring on the Quidditch, Cornhole, Wiffle ball, etc. Whatever the sport may be, we can find a home for your event in Kalamazoo.
Visit our website to see a full list of facilities and venues in Kalamazoo.
Just like we have a competition venue for you, we also have world-class attractions and restaurants for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast, coffee lover, a shop till you dropper, someone that connects with nature, or you’re looking for family fun attractions after the final whistle – Kalamazoo is the place for you.
4. BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND
YOUR EVENT WON’T GO UNNOTICED
The sports community in Kalamazoo is unlike any other. Between our dedicated staff at Discover Kalamazoo Sports, our community partners and LOC’s, your event couldn’t be in better hands. We will make your event our number one priority so that your event provides a memorable experience for your staff, participating athletes, families, and spectators.
5. ALL HANDS ON DECK
At Discover Kalamazoo, we’re able to offer the following complimentary services: bid proposals + site selection, referrals + recommendations, economic impact calculator, promotional assistance, event housing management, visitor information, VIP welcome amenities, volunteer assistance and much more.
Are you looking to develop an existing sports event or bring the next great sports event to the Kalamazoo region? Do you need assistance with event planning services or promotion on your sports event? Reach out to our Discover Kalamazoo Sports Team to discuss how we can partner with your event or organization and meet the specific needs of your event.
Director of Sports Event Development
Sports Event Development Manager