Sports Venues Fact Sheet
December 16, 2010
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With a variety of sporting teams, ranging from amateur to semi-professional baseball, hockey and football, Rochester, Minn. offers a surprising number of top-level sporting facilities that can be used for meetings, exhibitions, championship tournaments and other special events.
Mayo Civic Center
The auditorium at the Mayo Civic Center has welcomed championship sporting and large-scale entertainment events of all kinds since the facility was finished in 1939. This 120,000-square-foot venue gives event planners a combination of flexibility, accessibility and state-of-the-art technology to ensure the success of any event. A surprisingly modern facility for a city of Rochester's size, the Mayo Civic Center welcomes top conventions and regional sporting events on a regular basis year-round.
Constructed in the fall of 2006, Miracle Field is a fully accessible baseball field for children with disabilities. It is composed of a rubber surface with no raised obstacles, however is painted in brown and green to create the real feel of a baseball diamond. The field can also be utilized for youth T-ball leagues.
National Volleyball Center
Built in 1999 as a cooperative project between the City of Rochester, a city school district and the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, the National Volleyball Center is the host to numerous tournaments, summer camps and matches, from youth events to international Olympic training programs. Located adjacent to the campus of Century High School, the center features 30-foot ceilings, Olympic quality lighting and suspended wooden floors beneath eight courts. The facility has also hosted basketball, badminton, floor exercise and a variety of gym floor events.
University Center Rochester Regional Sports Center
Designed to accommodate multiple sporting events simultaneously, the UCR Regional Sports Center provides a performance court gymnasium with bleacher seating for 1,500 spectators and a field house with a 200-meter NCAA track. The inside track area has four infield courts, facilitating basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and wrestling. The facility includes varsity and public locker rooms, classrooms and faculty offices. The building is organized around an axial, central atrium that serves as a pre-function and student gathering place.
Graham Arenas and Olmsted County Fairgrounds
A 50-acre fairground facility with grandstand, five multi-use buildings and featuring the Graham Arenas. Expanded in 2007 to include a fourth arena and connecting each to a common concession area. Each arena features 22,000 feet of exhibit space holding four 85' x 200' rinks. On-site locker rooms, parking, and close proximity to downtown and hotels make this a premier facility for on-ice events.
Rochester Recreation Center
For 30 years, this recreation facility has been continuously renovated, updated and expanded to host AAU, FINA and other national championship sporting events, ranging from hockey, curling and figure skating to swimming, basketball, volleyball and soccer. The center contains an Olympic-sized swimming pool, with seating for 1,000 spectators, two 85-foot by 200-foot ice rinks, with seating for 2,508, an exercise room, and gymnasium suitable for gymnastics, volleyball or basketball. General community meeting facilities also are available. Public use of the facilities keeps the building buzzing year-round.
Fuad Monsour Sports Complex
Located next to the Regional Sports Center, this outdoor sports complex features seven soccer fields and six youth football fields on 53 total acres. The Rochester Baseball Complex is also located adjacent to the Sports Center, featuring four baseball fields.
Roy Watson Youth Sports Complex
The Roy Watson Youth Sports Complex features one of Rochester's premier full-size baseball facilities, Hudson Field, as well as six soccer fields.
The Rochester Honkers summer collegiate baseball club and the Rochester Royals amateur baseball team play their games at this marquee ballpark, which was donated to the city of Rochester by Mayo Clinic 100 years ago. Set on the banks of the Zumbro River on the edge of downtown Rochester, the illuminated buildings of the skyline provide a scenic backdrop to night games.