Kalamazoo MI Sport and Sporting Events – When it comes to sports and sporting events, Kalamazoo is the perfect place to be a spectator OR a participant! Since Kalamazoo has the perfect mix of small town and big city it is the perfect host for a wide variety of sporting events. Kalamazoo is on the map for hosting fantastic events like the Boys Tennis Nationals and the Girls LL World Series.
- Kalamazoo is an ideal destination for amateur and national sporting events and has built an impressive resume of events including:
- 2010 USA National Curling Championships
- 2008 Professional & Amateur Disc Golf World Championships
- United States Tennis Association’s Boys 16 & 18 Super National Championships (67 consecutive years)
- Big League Softball World Series (celebrating 30 years in Kalamazoo)
- USA Powerlifting
- Great Lakes Lacrosse Invitational
- Kalamazoo Invitational Soccer Showcase
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
The governor’s designation as the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award went to the Kalamazoo Kings our minor league baseball team.
WITHIN A CLOSE DRIVE
Two Big-Ten Conference teams and Notre Dame within a two-hour drive. One hour further and you have two cities with NBA, NHL, NFL and major league baseball teams. The DIII basketball rivalry that receives nationside attention and currently holds attendance records are within 1 hour drive of Kalamazoo at either Calvin College in Grand Rapids or Hope College in Holland.
Great collegiate sports options are available and include Western Michigan University, The Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, and men’s and women’s volleyball teams
Maybe you’re just into a healthy walking routine. Want company or information about where to walk. Link into the Kalamazoo Valley Walkers web site and see their list of indoor and outdoor locations.
Other Spectator Events
Other spectator events include drag racing at the US 131 MOTOR SPORTS PARK, less than an hour north, and stock car racing at the Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo or Galesburg Speedway between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, and the Martin Speedway between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.
Kalamazoo has lots of opportunities for individuals who like to particpate in sports too. You will find great tennis, swimming, racquetball, squash, bowling, horse-back riding (including a hunt club), bicycling, sailboat cruising and racing, windsurfing, skydiving, downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking or ice boating. The abundance of lakes (249) and streams in the area also make fishing and pleasure boating major attractions.
Winter sports enthusiasts can find two downhill ski runs nearby and many cross-country trails. Battle Creek has several winter sports programs. Binder Winter Park is used by downhill and cross-country skiers alike. They also have tubing, sledding and outdoor ice-skating. Then there’s The Rink, in downtown Battle Creek, and Lawson Ice Arena on WMU’ s campus in Kalamazoo. Two nearby ski resorts offer downhill runs– Timber Ridge Ski Area in Gobles, and Bittersweet Ski Resort in Otsego. Echo Valley Winter Sports Park, near Kalamazoo, offers tobogganing, tubing, and ice-skating from December through March.
The Kal-Haven Trail, from Kalamazoo to South Haven, is a former railroad track bed and now a biking-hiking-snowmobile trail running 38 miles. The trail is named the Kal-Haven Sesquicentennial State Park. Battle Creek has Linear Park which is a model for inner-city recreation, winding for 27 miles along the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Rivers and through several parks, while offering a nice surface for joggers, walkers, cyclists, even roller bladers and skate-boarders.
If you are a table tennis competitor, consider joining up with the Kalamazoo Table Tennis Club at the Kalamazoo Adult Ed Building, 714 S Westnedge, in the upstairs gym on Friday nights, from 7 ’til 10.
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