Sports in Southwest Louisiana

Youth Sports Capital of Louisiana

The Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) makes planning your sporting event or tournament a breeze. When you choose Southwest Louisiana to host your next event, the CVB will work with you to meet your group's needs. Our knowledgeable sports staff is ready to help with a variety of services and area resources to ensure the success of your event. 

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has played host to close to 100 different sporting events annually at its 61 baseball fields, 50 basketball courts, 25 football fields, eight 18-hole golf courses, 45 soccer fields, and 59 softball fields. With top-notch swimming and wrestling facilities, tennis and volleyball courts, track & field stadiums, you will certainly score when you plan your next tournament or camp here. Click here to check out our Sports Facilities.

We offer competitive bid proposals, event grants, attendance promotions and so much more, click here to check out our Sports Services.

For more information on facilities, tournaments and accommodations, contact our Sports team.

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We had such a great time in Southwest Louisiana on our Bound for Beijing Tour! The southern hospitality, the facilities, the crowd, everything was top notch! For me personally it was probably my favorite stop! The entire community was very welcoming and so very excited to have us!

Jennie Finch - Team USA

The relationship USSSA/Sports Productions has developed with Southwest Louisiana is the model by which others should be judged. The Lake Charles Multi Sports Complex is a phenomenal facility. And the effort put forth by the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention Visitors Bureau goes far above my expectations and well exceeds the service that our events have received in other areas of the country.

Joey Odom - USSSA Executive Vice-President
Eric Zartler

Eric Zartler, TMP, CDME Sr. Vice President of Sports

Manages/Oversees execution of vision & strategies of sports department, recruitment/procurement of sporting events to SWLA

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Aubrey Caldwell Sports Events Coordinator

Execution/coordination of large-scale sporting events, Meeting Max software

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Sam Moore Director of Sports Relations

Cultivate relationships with tournament organizers, facility managers, community volunteers, and industry organizations for hosting sports events in SWLA.