ew sports venues, renovations and events make Virginia a top sports destination. Below are some highlights:
Washington, DC area Metro subway’s Silver Line currently offers service to Reston, Virginia. Phase 2 will extend service all the way to Washington Dulles Airport and is expected to open late 2020.
BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS
Blacksburg Mountain Biking Skills Park opened in July 2019 with a climbing tail and beginner and intermediate flow trails. In September 2020, one of the country’s best music festivals and America’s night race are teaming up to offer an unforgettable experience in Bristol.
The Rhythm and Racing Super Ticket includes a three-day weekend pass to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival and a three-day ticket to all the races at Bristol Motor Speedway, including the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.
Four new boat landings and river access points will be added to the The New River Water Trail in Giles County in 2020.
In spring 2020, GearHead Moto Tours will be offering all-inclusive adventure motorcycle tours throughout Southwest Virginia.
Kings Dominion is making waves in 2020, adding three exciting new features to its water park.
Liberty University Shooting Complexincludes a pistol range, a rifle range, an instructional area, and a three-gun competition range, skeet and trap, 5 stand area, outdoor archery, sporting clays, and biathlon course.
The Liberty University Natatoriumfeatures a 50-meter by 25 yards pool, fitting nine Olympic-sized lanes or 20 short course lanes and has a movable bulkhead. A separate 17-foot-deep diving well can fit an additional eight short course lanes and has 1- and 3-meter springboards and a three-column tower, featuring 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10-meter platforms. Bleacher seating for 1,400 which wraps round three sides.
Canopy Adventure Park is a new ropes course located in Powhatan County that opened end of October 2019. It has four courses ranging from easy to difficult, 10 ziplines and are already looking at expansion opportunities to include a lower-level course for younger groups.
COASTAL VIRGINIA - HAMPTON ROADS
Celebrating its sixth anniversary in 2020, the One City Marathon – a Boston Qualifier – recently added a new component: a half marathon. As always, there are also options for a Marathon Relay, a Maritime 8K and a Nautical Mile Fun Run.
A new Interactive Bike Trails Map was just launched for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in Newport News. The trails are separated into three categories: road biking, recreational biking and mountain biking, covering many miles of local terrain with varying degrees of difficulty.
Virginia Beach Sports Center will open in the fall of 2020, a state-of-the-art facility that is scheduled to host a diverse roster of sporting events and tournaments. The new 285,000-square-foot complex will have space for 12 basketball courts convertible to 24 volleyball courts and flexible floor space. Indoor articulated track is planned.
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial dedication will be held August 26, 2020, the Centennial of ratifying the 19th Amendment. The monument will provide an overview of the entire movement, including African American suffragists who are often left out of the history books.
Fredericksburg will welcome a new semi-pro baseball stadium in Spring 2020.
Opened June 2019, the ION International Training Centeris a year-round, two-rink ice center and the county’s first indoor arena with stadium seating. The 100,000-square-foot center houses two National Hockey League-size rinks serving recreational and professional ice sports, and will contains a multi-functional floor that will allow the arena to be used for non-ice-related events, including school graduations, sporting tournaments, and concerts.
The Ali Krieger Sports Complex ribbon cutting was held on June 9, 2018. The complex sits on 29.7 acres adjacent to St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School and includes seven rectangular, multi-purpose fields, softball field, playground, concessions and parking area.
The St. James, a new 450,000-square foot sports complex in Springfield, VA, is now open. The complex offers the most comprehensive combination of sports and wellness venues including a FIFA regulation-sized turf field (65-foot ceiling clearance), two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks + training center, four NBA-regulation basketball courts that convert into nine volleyball courts, 50-meter Olympic regulation pool, six batting cages, eight international regulation singles squash courts and seven golf simulators, a premium health club, a spa, and a medicine center, as well as an entertainment center, an indoor water park, shops, and cafes/restaurants.
Widewater State Parkopened in November 2018 making it Virginia's 38th state park. The park covers 1,100 acres, including two miles of water frontage along the Potomac River and Aquia Creek.
A state-of-the-art esports arena at Shenandoah University opened August 2019. Inside the 1,571-square-foot arena is a stage, 12 competitor stations, 70 spectator seats, a broadcasting booth and three 12-foot projector screens on three walls.
Enjoy camping, hammocking, and glamping under the summer stars along the Upper James River Water Trail through Twin River Outfitters in Buchanan. Fire rings and picnic tables are available upon request.
The Jackson River Sports Complex affords a first-class sports facility for events. The sports complex totals 75 acres; with 50 developed acres offering five lighted multi-use athletic fields/press box, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, 20 acres for open turf sports (soccer, flag football), walking area, restrooms, gazebo, covered shelters with electricity, concession areas, playground equipment, ample parking and the River Rock Amphitheatre. The complex offers bleacher and festival seating – allowing fans to feel like they are part of the action.
Enjoy the Virginia Mountain region from a bird’s eye view at Treetop Quest at Explore Park, which opened July 1, 2019.
MAJOR & NEW EVENTS IN VIRGINIA (NEW EVENTS DENOTED WITH *)
AAU Junior OlympicsHampton Roads region - July 29 - August 8, 2020
AAU Junior Olympic Games is the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States. It has become the showcase event of the AAU Sports Program.
– August 2020 - Chesterfield
Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Virginia Beach – Sept. 5-6, 2020
Held in conjunction with the American Music Festival, half marathon runners are treated to a 3-day music festival in addition to miles of music on a course finishing on the oceanfront Boardwalk. A half marathon, 5K, and 1 mile run, gives something for everyone.
Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5k, Hampton – October 2-4, 2020
This 2-day event offers a flat, fast and scenic course that takes you through historic downtown, into charming old neighborhoods, and along the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads Harbor. As you run you will encounter live bands, cheer stops, candy stops and finishes at a huge outdoor Craft Brew Fest.
, Salem – March 2021
Featuring the top four teams in NCAA Division III Women's basketball playing for the National Championship in Cregger Field-house on the campus of Roanoke College.
, Salem – May 2021 DII/DIII; 2022 DIII
Featuring the top 4 teams in each division of the NCAA playing for the National Championship at Kerr Field on the campus of Roanoke College.
, Salem – May 2021 & 2022
Eight top teams in a double elimination format to crown the National Champion at Salem's Moyer Sports Complex.