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Abilene is home to several sports facilities capable of hosting and ensuring a successful outing for your next sporting event. Browse the sections below for more information about sports and sporting events in Abilene. For a complete list of sports facilities Click Here.      


   

Sporting Event Planning

The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau can assist you with many aspects of planning and event execution. Below is an overview of the assistance we provide:

  • Facility Inspection Tours
  • Restaurant Discounts for Teams
  • Assistance with Hotel Rates
  • Special Event Planning
  • Name Badges
  • Registration Assistance
  • Welcome Packets
  • Welcome Speakers
  • Public Relations/Media
  • Assistance with Press Releases
  • VIP Gifts
For personalized help contact Debi Schultz, Director of Sales

 

Testimonials

Hosting the many sporting events that we do allows us the opportunity to meet and help extraordinary people and ensure them a memorable experience.  It is the reason we are here, to make every visitor to Abilene feel at home. Below are a few testimonials sent to us in order to express thanks for the many great memories made here:

“Abilene did a fantastic job and made every team feel special even if they were only playing for 11th place. This was easily the best the tournament ever been run.”
-Jack Gregory
-Texas Tennis Coaches Association 3A State Team Tennis  Tournament

Kudos to Debi Schultz, Sports Sales Director:
"First of all I want to tell you Thank-you for being such a Great Person when it comes to helping me and the Texas High School Powerlifting Association.  You made my two years as president very easy and words can't describe the magnitude of help that you and Abilene provided.  Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!
Thank you for being a great business partner these past two years and becoming a great friend of mine as well!"


Thanks Again,
-Tim Mynarcik, President 2011-2012
-Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Championship

Thanks to everyone for making this a special event!  You all did a fantastic job and IT WAS APPRECIATED!
-David Davis, Tournament Director
-Texas Tennis Coaches Association 3A State Team Tennis Tournament

"Just wanted you to know that we greatly appreciate your hospitality and the opportunity to participate in your “Champions Classic”!  It was a great experience for our student athletes and they thoroughly enjoyed it.  Winning didn’t hurt any either!  Coach Spitzer reported to me that everything was nothing but “first class”.  The boys especially appreciated their tags hanging on the lockers.  Nice touch! These young men dream of playing in the high school football finals and this trip to Abilene; playing in big P.E. Shotwell Stadium; and the wonderful way they were treated might be as close as they come to fulfillment of that dream.  Thank you so much for giving them this experience of a lifetime. Please express our appreciation to all of the corporate sponsors who make these games possible.  It was great and I hope to be back in Abilene soon to attend a game with my son-in-law, Daniel Jones!  We look forward to another opportunity in the future to share in the Champions Classic! "

Sincerely,
-Gordon H. Grubbs, Superintendent, Newcastle ISD

PS – Our fans also appreciated representatives of your organization for coming over to the visitor’s side just to say thanks for coming and giving them a fan!   Thanks also for the shirt.  I can hardly wait to wear it and have folks ask me about it!  I will tell them about our game and the welcome we were made to feel in Abilene.

Again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for everything you did and all the time you spent at the Conference Meet this weekend. It was a big success according to the meet referee and the officials. Most of them told me personally that they loved their notebook and that they would really use it. Many of the regular officials said that they would love to come back any time.

Many Thanks,
-Jerry Johnson, Assistant Track Coach
-Hardin-Simmons University

"Thank you so much for hosting our playoff game. The stadium, the workers, and Abilene were great! Thanks for all of your help."

-E. Ariel Elliot
-Principal, Greenwood High School

"Thank you for hosting our playoff game. What a thrill it was for our kids and our fans to play at Shotwell. I appreciate the hospitality and Mr. Gayden being a part of the game with us because I know how busy and hectic this time of year is."

-Walter Hargrove
-Jim Ned Indians

Once again, we want to thank you for your hospitality in welcoming the Southwest Region Bowlers of the Professional Bowlers Association to Abilene this past week-end. For the past three years, the city of Abilene has made the PBA feel like special visitors and this year was no different. The residents of Abilene, the press coverage, the employees at Abilene Bowling Lanes and the Visitors Bureau all help in making this one of the most anticipated events on the schedule and we are all appreciative and grateful for your efforts!

Thank you for a job very well done!"

-Pete McCordic

"Thank you so much for your work and tireless effort in making the TASO-Football state meeting such a success! Having coordinated a number of these meetings in cities both big and small throughout the state, I can unequivocally say that your cooperation, assistance and hands-on participation before and during the event were far beyond the normal assistance provided by convention and visitors bureau personnel. Should there be an opportunity for one of our other sports to have a meeting in a non-metropolitan area, I will certainly encourage them to consider Abilene."

-Steve Ellinger
-Executive Director, Texas Association of Sports Officials

"I want to take this opportunity and thank you for your support of the Mesquite Grove Invitational - Retired Military Golf Tournament.  We appreciate our very important and generous sponsors, which made our tournament a huge success.  Your support of Retired Military and Veterans, that served and defended our Great Nation, is very commendable.  God Bless America."

-Bill Harner
-Tournament Chair

Shotwell Stadium

        
 

Shotwell is a facility your team and fans are sure to enjoy. Continuous improvements and upgrades allow the stadium to host over 150 events each year. Football isn’t the only sport played on the field; soccer now shares this stadium as a home field. Watch as your team’s information and replays are seen on the 14’ X 24’ HD Video Scoreboard, one of the largest of any high school in the country.

 
  • Central playing location with easy access from Interstate 20
  • Renovated dressing rooms with 75 lockers on each side
 
  • Revolution artificial turf by FieldTurf USA
  • Catering can be provided for teams, cheerleaders and bands
 
  • Wireless Internet
  • New restroom facilities
 
  • Seating Capacity: 15,042
  • Never miss a play with the mounted television by the concession stand
  Contact: 325-677-1444 X 8516  


 

Action Sports Medicine Champions Classic Football Weekend

High school football season is kicked off West Texas style with this multi game weekend featuring some of the best teams in Texas. Proceeds from the event fund college scholarships for Abilene's graduating student athletes.

Ticket prices will be announced prior to the event and can be purchased at the gate. All games are played at Shotwell Stadium, 1525 E.S. 11th St.

To see the results of the 2013Classic click here.

If you would like personalized help, please contact Debi Schultz, Sports Sales Director.

Abilene Sports Alliance

The Sports Alliance, established in 2003, is a committee under the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Alliance is comprised of the following:

  • Champions Classic Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Steering Committee

Our goals are:

  • To increase participation of existing events
  • Establish new sporting events and tournaments
  • Offer scholarships to local athletes
  • Select enthusiastic local contacts for each sport
  • Identify committees to help these efforts

To receive Sports Alliance information contact Debi Schultz, Sports Sales Director

Request for Proposal

Please submit your Request for Proposal. You may either upload a PDF or DOC detailing your request, or complete the form below. Either way, our representatives will be in contact with you shortly.

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Abilene Sports Alliance Scholarships 2013-2014

The Abilene Sports Alliance will offer $8,000 in scholarships to graduating student athletes. One male and one female athlete from Abilene Christian, Abilene, Cooper, and Wylie High Schools will receive this award.  Applications may be picked up in the high school Counselor’s office,  from the Athletic Coordinator/Director at each campus or click on your school's button below to download the application. Completed application must be turned in to the campus Athletic Coordinator/Director by April 4, 2014.

 

Last updated July 25, 2014 at 02:48 PM MST