Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

Get Up And Go

April 01, 2010

Wisconsin invented tailgating in 20-below weather at Packer football games, the "Jump Around" tradition at University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger home games, and Sausage Races at Brewers baseball games. With that kind of gusto for watching sports, it's no wonder that hosting amateur sports events would become all the rage around the state too. The Dells had a leg up on the competition in that arena, parlaying its popularity as a family vacation spot to grow its fan base for tournaments in Wisconsin Dells.


JustAGame FieldhouseJustAGame Fieldhouse

A few years back, the JustAGame Fieldhouse was built as a place for area teams to get some extra court time and a new venue for tournament organizers to consider. Coaches liked the facility, especially the wood floor, and parents and kids loved the location in the Dells. It didn't take long for the Fieldhouse to fill its schedule with basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and Wisconsin Dells volleyball tournaments. At last count, owners Dave and Joy Royston estimate they're now hosting about 70 per year. They keep busy coordinating the events, and playing tour guide too. "We get lots of questions from teams about what to do when they're in town and we're happy to give them lots of suggestions," said Dave.


Volleyball Chula VistaWisconsin Dells Center at Chula Vista Resort

Then came the Wisconsin Dells Center at Chula Vista Resort, a huge sports facility under a bubble, ideal for volleyball, gymnastics, indoor soccer and more. They're so serious about what they do they even bought an entire field's worth of artificial turf from the Indianapolis Colts. Again, Wisconsin Dells sports tournaments began pouring in, as did players and families from all over the country.





Poppy Waterman Ice ArenaPoppy Waterman Ice Arena

In the meantime, the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena started bringing in its share of Wisconsin Dells hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions, both a big deal in northern climates.






OutdoorsOutdoors, a number of parks and the local high school fields support youth softball and baseball tournaments. In fact, Game Day USA will be returning to the Dells for another schedule of games this summer. There's also a formerly private resort that's now open to the public - Perlstein Resort and Conference Center that's a veritable sports core with tennis courts, volleyball courts, soccer field and baseball field.

The lesson in all of this? For parents whose kids are in sports, you know that attending a sports tournament is your family vacation. This is a good way to make the most of it.



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