14 Campuses That Are Slam Dunks for Sports Tournaments

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The College Football Playoffs. March Madness. Colleges and universities are always competing to be the best at what they do—whether it’s sporting events featuring the home team or attracting visiting tournaments to campus.

When it involves youth sports groups, they always seem to win. That’s because campuses are built with the student in mind. They’re self-contained properties that have well-maintained athletic fields, affording dining, and communal housing all in one safe and secure spot. It avoids the need for constant transportation from one destination to the next and assures planners and guardians that they can keep tabs on the young attendees at all times.

As just one example, the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis and St. Paul caters to youth sports groups with Palmer Field, featuring a state-of-the-art synthetic turf that’s surrounded by the 5,000-seat, outdoor O’Shaughnessy Stadium as well as the North Field with natural grass that can be lined for varying types of sports. The campus also touts the 50,000-square-foot Field House with a 200-meter, six-lane track and tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. There’s also a bowling alley and accommodations for nearly 300 students in the largest building.

In addition to providing complex sporting structures, campuses are team players that help planners by providing affordable pricing tiers, built-in activities, and an inspiring journey for the young attendees that may end up impacted by the experience when it’s time to make their secondary education choices. Here are 14 of our favorite collegiate spots for sports tournaments.

University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis & St. Paul
Minneapolis, MN
Oral Roberts University
Tulsa, OK
University of Kentucky Summer Conference Housing
Oxford, GA
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
Miami University Conference and Event Services
Oxford, OH
University of Denver
Denver, CO
Villanova University Conferences
Villanova, PA
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
College of Wooster
Wooster, OH
Humber Accommodations & Conference Services
Toronto, Ontario
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA