Tournament Services

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) takes pride in making your life a little easier.  In addition to assisting groups with accommodations, here is what our Sales Department can do for you:

Recreational Facilities/Site Inspections

Allow us to take you on a site inspection of lodging and sporting venues. Our team is very knowledgeable on the variety of sports facilities that would be best for your particular tournament. Our community partners also have vast experience and are dedicated to ensuring a successful tournament in Southwest Louisiana. 

Bid Proposals

Give us your event specifications, and the CVB will take it from there!  Let us find the perfect venue for your event by sending out bid proposals to area venues suitable for your event and area hotels to house your participants.  Once we've done all the groundwork, we'll present the event planner and/or site committee with a variety of options.  From national championships to regional tournaments, Southwest Louisiana offers all sorts of options, and the CVB will make the planning process convenient and efficient.

Event Incentive - Sports War Chest Grants

The Sports War Chest Grant program provides funds, of $2,000 up to $10,000, for sports organizations which directly impact tourism in Southwest Louisiana.  A minimum of 400 or more total hotel room nights are required before any funding can be considered.

Attendance Promotion

The bureau will supply and mail promotional materials including a welcome letter and brochure to your delegates in advance to stimulate excitement about their event or tournament in Southwest Louisiana.

Welcoming Committee

Whether it be our goodwill ambassador, Gumbeaux Gator, a group of Mardi Gras Twelfth Night Revelers or an official welcome by area dignitaries, allow the CVB to make the opening of your sporting event one that participants will always remember.

Registration Assistance

To enhance the registration process, groups using 500 or more total room nights are eligible for posting registration forms on The bureau will post downloadable forms, which must be completed by participants and sent to the organizer.

Area Information

Ditty bags with area brochures and Gumbeaux Gator stickers are available for groups booking 50 rooms or more.  The bureau will be happy to provide you with a mailing list of area businesses and organizations who may contribute items for your ditty bags.  In lieu of individual brochures, the CVB can set up an information display at your venue. Complimentary general area maps that include points of interest and accommodations are also provided.  When it comes time for your event to begin, the CVB staff is always on hand to provide event support, whether it's on-site or behind the scenes. It's our job to make your planning as stress-free as possible.

Please direct inquiries to Eric Zartler, sales director, at

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. Click here to see what others have to say about our facilities and CVB Staff.

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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Sam Dangerfield Director of Sports Relations

Hannah Nyman

Hannah Nyman Sports Events Coordinator


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