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Sports in Roanoke

Sports in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Salem Red SoxSports in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge are a huge part of our culture and heritage. The region hosts numerous NCAA championships, amateur tournaments, and professional events at our first-class facilities.

Between hosting the NCAA Division III National Championship football game with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium, professional ice hockey with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, and being home to the Blue Ridge Marathon - America's Toughest Road Marathon, we're always playing for something!

The City of Salem has even earned the nickname of "Virginia's Championship City" for all the tournaments and championships it hosts throughout the year.

In addition to the events, Virginia's Blue Ridge also has many sports experiences you can participate in as a visitor.

Here are some of the best ways for a sports fanatic to enjoy a Blue Ridge Day.

  • Golf - Focus on hitting the fairway while not being distracted by the beautiful views.

  • Gyms & Fitness Centers - Keep up with your workout routine, make new friends, and stay in great shape at one of our local facilities.

  • Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey - Catch a hockey game when you visit Virginia's Blue Ridge! The Rail Yard Dawgs are part of the Southern Professional Hockey League and play their games at Roanoke's Berglund Center.

  • Salem Red Sox Baseball - See future stars of Major League Baseball at the home of the Advanced Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

  • Spectator Sports - Take the family out to the game by catching one of many exciting sporting events in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Planning your own sports event? Head over to our Sports Planner section to learn how we can assist you! And don't forget to check out all the outdoor activities in the Roanoke Valley.

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