Sports History

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is home to some of the premier sports events in the country.

The first-class facilities, outstanding service, and abundant amenities make for a winning combination that tournament directors and planners have been enjoying for years.

The following list features some of the events Virginia's Blue Ridge has hosted or currently hosts:

  • The City of Salem, also known as Virginia's Championship City, has hosted over 50 NCAA Championships.

  • Home of the Salem Red Sox, a Class High-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. 

  • The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III Football Championship Game, is played at Salem Stadium. 

  • The NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship and NCAA Women's Division III Volleyball Championship are played at the Salem Civic Center. 

  • The NCAA Women's Division II and III Softball Championships are played at Salem's James I. Moyer Sports Complex. 

  • Salem's James I. Moyer Sports Complex hosts the Amateur Softball Association of America National Championships and Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball State Championships

  • The Berglund Center is the home arena for Virginia Tech's Ice Hockey team. 

  • The Roanoke Country Club is the annual host of the Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament, a recognized event by the American Junior Golf Association. 

  • Host of various youth soccer tournaments including the Stellar One Star Cup, Futsal Festival, and Kroger Cup.

  • The Botetourt Sports Complex hosts the annual Women's College Military Appreciation Tournament with teams like Virginia Tech, James Madison, Radford, Liberty, and other Division I Universities.

  • The National Christian College Athletic Associations Women's Softball World Series is hosted at the Botetourt Sports Complex.

  • Botetourt's Sports Complex hosts a variety of Amateur Softball Association of America National Championships.  

  • Host of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, America's toughest road marathon.

  • Carvins Cove Nature Reserve is the 2nd largest municipal park in the nation and features dozens of mountain biking trails. 

  • Features over 20 public, private, and semi-private golf courses.

  • Smith Mountain Lake hosts various fishing and boarding tournaments, including an ESPN BASSmasters Elite Tournament and the Smith Mountain Lake Wakefest

  • Hosts various USSSA youth sports events, including basketball, baseball, and softball. 

  • The Salem Memorial Stadium was host to the 2003 and 2004 ACC Baseball Championships

  • The Roanoke Valley hosts the annual Shamrock Festival, one of the largest nationally-sanctioned USAV tournaments and one of the premier events for junior volleyball players on the East Coast. 

  • The James I. Moyer Sports Complex hosted the U.S. Women's Softball team as part of the team's Aiming for Athens tour in 2004. 

  • Downtown Roanoke hosts the Roanoke Twilight Criterium, a series of competitive cycling races that loop through the downtown district.  

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