If you’ve ever planned a sports tournament, you know how costly it can be. From the hotel rooms and dining expenses to the complex where your event will be, it isn’t hard to break your budget. If you’re in the heart of a major city, you can expect your trip to be especially costly. But, fortunately, you can experience big-city fun at reasonable prices in smaller urban areas—and Elgin is one of them!

Discover the Best
Elgin Facilities

Elgin offers the perfect mix of visitor attractions and sports facilities. Athletes of all ages and levels can train and compete in premier venues that host a variety of sports, including soccer and BMX biking.

Elgin is located on Interstate 90 about 42 miles from downtown Chicago, 53 miles from Rockford and 103 miles from Milwaukee. Fly into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, which is only 20 miles away from the city of Elgin, or Midway International Airport, which is just 33 miles away.


“Hospitality is an Elgin reality.”

Wally Reynolds, McHenry County College Athletic Director


Sports Facilities
In the Elgin Area

Local sports facilities include:

  • 307-acre outdoor sports complex including:
    • 10 soccer fields
    • 10 softball fields
    • Top-rated BMX track
  • Multipurpose indoor and outdoor facilities to host sports including basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling, golf and fencing:
    • The Centre of Elgin
    • Judson University – Lindner Fitness Center
    • Judson University – Dawson Field
    • Lifezone 360
    • Elgin Community College
    • Top Flight Athletic Center
    • Canlan Ice Sports
    • Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy (MEGA)
  • Numerous award-winning golf courses
  • Multiple disc golf courses for all levels

To obtain the Elgin Area sports facilities directory, please contact our sales department at

“I have been working closely this year with the Explore Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and in this short time, we have hosted a major international tournament and have landed the rights to host a second this December. Explore Elgin has been a close partner throughout all of these processes, and without them, I do not think I could have landed either tournament nor could I have done so on budget. The team at Explore Elgin goes above and beyond for my every request, and I look forward to working with them in the years to come.”

Craig Rot, Director, Team Handball Academy Lifezone

Support for Tournament Directors
and Event Planners

The Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you plan your sporting event in the Elgin Area. Please get in touch with us, and we will help ensure that your next tournament is a huge success. We offer event planners a variety of services, including:

  • Facility and hotel availability research
  • Event management
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Public relations
  • Facility and site selection
  • Volunteers
  • Information Booths at your event
  • Hospitality
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Vendor referrals
  • Connections to businesses and community partners

We have a dynamic team with a proven track record of hosting high-quality tournaments and events, including international events like the North American and Caribbean Women’s Handball Championship and regional shows like Prime Time Sports Summer Hoops Tour. We host sporting events for teams from all over Chicago’s northwest suburbs and the Midwest.

Find the venue for your next tournament by checking out our list of Elgin sports facilities.

If you would like help planning a sporting event in the Elgin Area, please email or complete our form to request more information.

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