Mountaineer Country is home to West Virginia University (Morgantown, W.Va.), member of the NCAA Division 1 and Big 12 Conference and more than 250,000 sports fans! Regional and national amateur sporting events are right at home in purpose-built sporting facilities, all located close to popular hotels with 2,800+ rooms and restaurants. Family-friendly attractions, like Class III through V whitewater rafting, canopy ziplines, and a 19-mile scenic rail-trail, show off Mountaineer Country’s great outdoor treasures, while the 13,015 s.f. (surface) Walltopia climbing wall, Tomchin Planetarium & Observatory, Appalachian art exhibits and Civil War landmarks make your visit to Mountaineer Country a memorable family adventure. Once everyone has worked up an appetite, there is no better snack than the official food of West Virginia: pepperoni rolls, available at a number of local restaurants. Voted “Best Sports Cities” in America by The Sporting News, Morgantown, W.Va., is conveniently located at the northeastern crossroads of I-68 and I-79:
- 75 miles from Pittsburgh
- 3.5 hours from D.C.
- 3 hours from Columbus
Indoor: Basketball | Gymnastics | Swimming | Diving | Wrestling | Rock Climbing
Outdoor: Baseball | Softball | Rugby | Soccer | Track and Field | Lacrosse | Flag Football | Horseshoe Pitching
- 90,000 s.f. Aquatic Center with 50-Meter Competition Pool and Diving Tower
- 4,000-Meter, 8-Lane Track and Field Complex
- 3,500-Seat Professional Baseball Stadium
- 50,000 s.f. Field Turf Arena and Training Facility
- (8) Athletic Fields
- Lighted Miracle Sports Complex – Synthetic Surface Field
- 7-Court Indoor Basketball Facility
- 53,000 s.f. and 30,000 s.f. Indoor Event Centers
- 26,000 s.f. Gymnastics Training Center
- 24 Horseshoe Courts
Morgantown’s recreational crown jewel sits on 400 acres and hosts Big 12 Conference Championships, as well as regional tournaments for both youth and adults in swimming, track, and field sports. The park hosts more than 70,000 attendees for events.
Home of the Black Bears, Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball and the WVU Mountaineers Baseball Team.
The impressive 30,000 s.f. facility is designed with exhibit/event space conveniently connected to the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place hotel.
With 13,000 square feet of wall space in a 20,000 square foot facility, Gritstone Climbing + Fitness has something for everyone.
Within a 30-mile radius of Morgantown, W.Va. there are 7 multi-purpose fields, 7 adult softball fields and nearly 31 additional softball/baseball fields. Please call (304) 680-0292 for information.
Visit Mountaineer Country CVB provides the following support at no charge to your organization:
- Bid Preparation (including hotel room rates, facilities, and amenities)
- Room Block Assistance
- Site Inspection
- Meeting/Event Promotion
- Volunteer Coordination
- Welcome Gifts
- Custom Website Page for Attendees
- On-Site Logistical Support
- Event Services
- Visitors Guides
- Meeting Planning Guide
- *Conference and Event Online Apps for Attendees Available at Additional Charge, Please Inquire
Tami Wood, Group Sales Manager
304-292-5081 ext. 800
- USSA Girls Softball Tournament
- PGA Golf
- HOOP Group Jam Fest
- Triple Crown Baseball
- Stihl Timbersports Competition
- Big 12 Conference Swimming and Diving Championship
- Eastern Regional American Legion Tournament
- WVSSAC High School Swim Tournament
SPORTS PLANNER CHECKLIST
Download the Sports Planner Checklist
Make sure to cover all your bases! Use these questions to gather all necessary travel and athlete information when planning your next sporting event. Then, reach out to the Visit Mountaineer Country CVB to make sure your trip is a total win!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of assistance does the CVB provide to Sports Events Planners?
The CVB staff assists with pre-event planning, bid process, site inspections, program assistance, destination literature and registration assistance.
What sports events are best suited for the area?
- Youth baseball and softball tournaments
- Swimming and diving tournaments
- Youth and collegiate soccer tournaments
What is your largest indoor venue and what types of events are held there?
The Hazel Ruby McQuain Community Building is 53,000 s.f. of indoor exposition-type space. The facility provides over one acre of indoor space for trade shows, dinners, sporting events and rentals for private parties, reunions, or receptions. The main hall accommodates up to 4,500 persons, 220 10’x10′ booths, or four regulation size basketball courts.
The Morgantown Event Center is a 30,000 s.f. facility uniquely designed with the exhibit space being located on the ground floor, reaching a depth of 22,946 s.f. and 30-foot ceiling height with interlocking airwalls which serve as a quiet barrier between exhibit halls. This space has been uniquely designed for an exhibitor, stage events (performers and demonstrations), sports tournaments (cheerleading, gymnastics, wrestling, boxing and volleyball) and banquets. The loading dock area enters right into the main exhibit hall and provides an easy access for vendors to unload as well as providing a hydraulic lift for unloading ease.
Are motorcoach parking and dump stations available?
Where can I get visitor information?
Visit Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a visitors’ center at Interstate 79 Exit 155 and can be reached at 800-458-7373 or [email protected]. We stock printed materials on area attractions, hotels, restaurants and events and can assist with lodging accommodations and reservations. To request information mailed to you please Request a Visitor’s Guide. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
Are there seasonal rates for lodging?
The West Virginia University football season extends 6-7 weekends between Labor Day and the first weekend in December. It is best to avoid these weekends. The WVU football schedule can be found at www.wvusports.com/football/schedule
ABOUT THE AREA
HOW TO GET HERE
The Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) is currently served by Southern Airways Express with flights arriving and departing daily from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). The Airport is conveniently located approximately 5 minutes from the downtown Morgantown area, WVU campus and Mylan Park.
The North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) is served by United Airlines with daily flights arriving and departing from Chicago, Ill. (ORD-O’Hare International), as well as Allegiant Air with fights arriving and departing from Daytona Beach / Sanford, Fla. (SFB); Myrtle Beach, S.C. (MYR); and Orlando / Sandford, Fla. (SFB).
For Mylan Park and West Virginia University events, take I-79 to “Star City” Exit 155.
URGENT CARES/MEDICAL FACILITIES
Morgantown, W.Va. in Mountaineer Country is home to two advanced health systems.
Mon Health Medical Center is a 189-bed acute-care community hospital and Level IV Trauma Center.
1200 J.D. Anderson Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital is WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital, a 690-bed academic medical center and a Level I Trauma Center.
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505
There are approximately 10 urgent cares serving the areas around West Virginia University and Mylan Park.
Local Sporting Goods Stores
Forgot something? Mountaineer Country is home to well-known national sporting goods stores and local specialty retailers that carry a full line of traditional sporting gear, athletic equipment, apparel and footwear.