Sports Destination Management Magazine recognizes Owensboro as a city contributing to the comeback of women’s volleyball at high school and college levels. Click here for the full article.
Sports are a way of life in Owensboro, so much so that Sports Illustrated has named it the number one sports town in Kentucky. The city has made no secret of its commitment to volleyball, and it has the willingness and facilities to pursue it. The downtown Owensboro Convention Center features 60,000 square feet of open floor space capable of holding nine courts with the addition of Sport Court floors. Five minutes out of town is the Owensboro Sports Center, a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena with wood floors for three courts.
“We’re actively trying to get more indoor sports, and volleyball is a great target for us for travel teams,” says Jared Bratcher, sports director for the Davies County CVB.
Both facilities are within a few minutes of the Owensboro Regional Airport. The region has 1,200 hotel rooms now, with 600 more under construction. The city is currently seeing a growth boom in the form of a $500 million new development downtown that will create restaurants and shopping.
Owensboro also features campgrounds, laser tag, go-karting and miniature golf, and is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. The CVB offers a variety of services, including public relations and help on negotiating hotel contracts.
“We’ll be the go-between if event promoters need the housing bureau,” says Bratcher. “Depending on how big the event is, we can also help with grants to offset costs.”