For a community that’s been known forever as a family vacation destination, the local business owners here put together a smart game plan when they decided to get into youth sports. They already had all the Wisconsin Dells attractions and amenities families love, like the world famous Wisconsin Dells water parks, casual restaurants that were pros at catering to big groups, indoor and outdoor attractions and some 8,000 hotel rooms ranging from budget-friendly to expansive condominium units. What they needed were places for players to play.
So they built a number of indoor Wisconsin Dells sports facilities, most prominent among them the JustAgame Fieldhouse, the Wisconsin Dells Center at Chula Vista Resort and the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena. They didn’t stop there. They improved their outdoor sports fields at Rotary Park, Veterans’ Park and Kaminski Park. Next step was to invite coaches to take a look and it wasn’t long before tournament schedules started filling up.
These days, on any given Dells weekend, it’s not unusual to find players from all over the country in town for a tournament - basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, track, wrestling, hockey or baseball. The largest gathering of youth athletes happens in May and June when the Wisconsin Dells Center hosts upwards of 3,600 players for their annual “The Classic” volleyball tournament.