Louisville’s versatile outdoor sports venue options are able to accommodate a range of athletic events.
It should come as no surprise that as the birthplace of the Louisville Slugger and the former home of some of sports’ most storied figures — Muhammad Ali, Darrell Griffith and Tori Murden McClure to name a few — Louisville is a dream option for sports planners searching for a home for their next tournament, scrimmage, or community competition. Complimented by our ever-expanding portfolio of hotels, renowned culinary and bourbon scenes, and diverse neighborhoods rich in history and culture, our distinct selection of sports venues offers an only-in-Louisville sporting experience that will leave an impression for competitors and fans alike.
Opened in 1954 and renovated in 2013, this natural grass baseball field — with an outfield irrigation system — rests at the entrance to Bellarmine University, just outside of downtown Louisville. Amenities include covered dugouts, an elevated press box, a batting cage, and a scoreboard in right field, as well as bleacher seating where fans can watch the action. Unique to Knights Field are the grassy hills behind home plate, which act as comfortable, picnic-style seating alternatives for fans.
This tournament-ready, 18-hole golf course is home to the University of Louisville Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams and was designed by Louisville-based course designer and architect, Spencer Holt. The course offers an approachable playing experience for all ages and skill levels. Also, it features a 22-acre practice facility and multiple rooms within the clubhouse that are available to rent — including the 19th Hole Grille.
This 400-acre park is located just outside of Downtown Louisville and is within a quick bike or car ride from area lodging options. Home to multi-purpose fields, basketball courts, rolling hills and open meadows, the park’s centerpiece is a 2.4-mile scenic loop that is an ideal route for road cycling events, treating competitors and spectators alike to picturesque views.
Just a short drive from Downtown Louisville, Tom Sawyer Park puts the term “multi-use” to the test with its near-endless array of amenities and experiences. Within the park’s 554 acres, visitors will find pools, splash pads, 14 soccer fields, an archery range, pickleball courts, softball fields, and much more. Perhaps the park’s most unique offering is the BMX Track, which hosts the National BMX Grand Championships each Labor Day Weekend and is available to rent for BMX championships throughout the year.
Set along the Ohio River and considered one of the nation’s premiere venues of cyclocross, the 60-acre Eva Bandman Park & Cyclocross Venue features varied terrain that is sure to test even the most skilled cyclocross athletes. Look for sand mounds, flyovers, mud berms, wooded hills and other challenging obstacles throughout the course.
Available to rent for a number of events ranging from weddings and corporate gatherings to full-blown music festivals, baseball is still at the heart and soul of this picturesque venue in the heart of Downtown Louisville. The home of the Louisville Bats MiLB team, Louisville Slugger Field was named a finalist in the 2022 MiLB Triple-A Best of the Ballparks contest and is a top choice for baseball or softball tournaments or special events.
The home of the USL’s Louisville FC and the NWSL's Racing Louisville FC, Lynn Family Stadium is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the Louisville region. Able to accommodate 11,600 fans with a total capacity of 15,304, the ASM Global-managed stadium is available to rent for various gatherings, including festivals, community events and soccer tournaments.
Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park is one of the largest sports complexes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is a central component of the University of Louisville’s ability to attract highly talented student-athletes from around the world. The park’s multiple venues include the Track Stadium — featuring a Martin ISS 2000 "embedded" track surface and has bleacher-style seating for up to 2,200 fans — as well as Ulmer Stadium for softball, Trager Stadium for field hockey and the sand volleyball courts at Kiel Courts.
One of Louisville’s most coveted outdoor experiences, Waterfront Park is an 85-acre multi-use park in the heart of Downtown Louisville along the Ohio River. The park’s serene setting and sweeping river views make it a top choice for Ironman races and other short-distance running competitions, as well as beach volleyball tournaments.