Sports Facility Highlight: Virginia Beach Field House

Offering an endless amount of surf, sand and sports it’s no wonder why Virginia Beach is top-of-mind for sports planners nationwide. With miles of beaches, moderate temperatures year-round and sports facilities that appeal to both national and international sporting associations, our coastal city is the ideal place for every athlete to compete like a champion.

The local is popular with sports enthusiasts of all types, showcasing venues such as the Virginia Beach Field House that rivals most metropolitan areas. At 175,000 square feet, the Virginia Beach Field House is one of the largest indoor sports facilities in the world!

On the ground floor there are four indoor synthetic turf fields, eight regulation volleyball courts, and four regulation basketball courts. The second floor houses two additional turf fields along with party rooms, an arcade and a state-of-the-art indoor play area. At the Fun Zone kids can climb through the three stories of awesomeness including obstacles, slides, narrow bridges and much more.

After a great game, athletes and spectators can grab a delicious bite at the Field House Grille, selling concessions to quench any craving. Serving a variety of classic foods including Angus burgers, pizza and hot dogs to healthier options such as salads, fruit and yogurt there is something for every appetite. Right by the Grille is a lounge fully equipped with classic table and chair seating as well as couches and ottomans that that can seat 100 people and four 110” screen projectors keeping the sports entertainment going!

No matter what your sport from field hockey and flag football to softball and lacrosse, sports options are endless at the Field House!

The 21st Annual North American Sand Soccer Championships

(NASSC) Takes Over The Oceanfront!

Once again the Virginia Beach Oceanfront will welcome over 10,000 youth and adult players of all skill levels to the world’s largest beach soccer festival!  From June 6th – 8th the North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC) will hit the shores of Virginia Beach attracting nearly 37,000 fans and 50,000 Boardwalk spectators from over 20 states and multiple countries.  The world of soccer on the sand is exciting and this beach craze is the ultimate in beach sport fun in Virginia Beach!

The Championships are staged over 22 full City blocks of prime oceanfront real estate, on over a mile and a half of white sand – against a backdrop of diving gulls, banners waving in stiff ocean breezes, thousands of Boardwalk bedazzled spectators, live music and great food. Meanwhile, surf’s up just a few steps from the soccer action and, when day is done, most participants and fans head out to the area’s unbelievable lineup of entertainment.

Attendees should be prepared for colorful international and national teams including hundreds of youth teams ages 9 thru 19 , men’s and women’s single gender squads, college teams, and even “corporate-coed” competitors from businesses and military organizations battling on the beaches for cash prizes at stake. The games, played on 25-35 or 30-40 yard grids, are 5v5 and fast-paced, with limited dribblin’ and laser shots on goal. There are over 80 brackets seeded to support all levels of play – from the beginner to the most professional and much like beach volleyball, sand soccer‘s rules are easy to pick up while uniforms for this beach bash are “anything-goes”.

Hosting this event since 1994, The Hampton Roads Soccer Council (HRSC) plans year-round to ensure a guaranteed sand-blast. The McDonald’s Corporation and numerous national and regional sponsors bring the NASSC sand soccer action like nowhere else. A guaranteed sand-blast, once soccer in the sand is experienced you are hooked! Many of the players and families return year after year to make the North American Sand Soccer Championships their “Kickoff to Summer”. For more information visit the Sporting Events section of the website or visit www.SandSoccer.com.

Top 5 Reasons to Bring it to the Beach!

A meeting planner’s job is quite daunting and selecting the perfect meeting locale is the ultimate challenge. Luckily, Virginia Beach offers planners a wide variety of incentives and accommodations to guarantee a successful experience. From unforgettable events at the convention center to the daily reunion of sand and surf, Virginia Beach takes the guess work out of selecting a destination.

Here are the top 5 reasons to host your next meeting or event in our unmatched city:

# 5: Location –Location –Location –Virginia Beach Is Easy To Reach!

Centrally located on the east coast, our city is an easy drive, flight or rail away from strategic population masses. A mere 3 hour drive from DC, 6.5 hours from NYC and 3 to 5 hours from some states south. Our city is serviced by almost every major US Carrier with direct and non-stop flights at Norfolk International Airport and Amtrak now services the Greater Virginia Beach region as well.

#4: No Matter Your Vibe – Virginia Beach Accommodates!

Our city is unique in that we offer diverse and appealing locations to host meetings and events. Whether delegates seek a resort off the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean, a downtown setting with shopping, arts and entertainment or a retreat off the rustic shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach has your venue.

#3: One of a Kind Experience? – We Have Your Venue!

Virginia Beach revels in unique meeting experiences. From a live event on the stage of the Oceanfront Park or a meeting surrounded by sea turtles at the Virginia Aquarium to a gala at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum, our coastal destination soars to new heights when it comes to off-site venues!

#2: Sustainability is our SpecialtyLEED® Gold Convention Center!

The Virginia Beach Convention Center, the first LEED® Gold Convention Center in the country for existing buildings, is one of the most beautiful and sustainable buildings along the east coast for mid-sized meetings. This nationally acclaimed building embodies Virginia Beach intrinsically through its architecture and offers delegates a living, breathing building that inspires learning and networking at the highest levels!

#1: There’s Not an APP for What Our Team Will Do for You – Service is Our Passion!

Product Development is Making Waves in the Coastal City

Hilton Garden Inn & Cavalier Hotel

Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city, welcomes thousands of convention and meeting attendees to its shores annually. By offering personalized customer service, first-class facilities and new product developments, the city continues to position itself as a top meetings destination.

Modern luxury with a head for business, the new Hilton Garden Inn offers 167 all-oceanfront rooms, including 24 suites and 12 executive suites. Supported by two oceanfront restaurants and 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, this brand new Boardwalk hotel promises an array of cutting-edge amenities and features. From an elegant 3,500 square-foot ballroom to the oceanfront executive boardroom, Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront will open Spring of 2014 with an experienced staff to assist throughout the planning process for groups, meetings and social events of all kinds.

Currently, The Cavalier Hotel, a beacon of sophistication and style in Virginia Beach is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The hotel known for setting a standard of excellence that is steeped in tradition and rich with variety is a superb choice for all occasions from meetings to special events. The elegant surroundings, gracious service, and attention to detail combined with a ballroom, full-featured exhibit halls and multiple breakout rooms, create meetings and events that are unforgettable experiences.

As Virginia Beach continues to grow so do the superior options for meetings and events. For more information on our development please visit the Product Development page on this site.

Virginia Beach Meetings is a Southern Hot Spot for Winter Meetings!

The results are in and the readers and fans of Convention South have voted Virginia Beach as a Southern Hot Spot for Winter Meetings!

This May, ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for those who plan events held within the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places to hold a meeting or event during the winter months—the typical tourism off-season, yet the meetings industry’s peak season. The Facebook ballot provided a list of 50 destinations across the South and Caribbean Seas region to select from and the top 10 vote-getters received recognition as the “South’s Top 10 Hot Spots For Winter Meetings & Events.” Out of the 50 destinations, including the Caribbean, Virginia Beach not only made the top 10 but came in NUMBER 4 on the list.

“It is with great honor to recognize the ‘South’s Top 10 Hot Spot For Winter Meetings & Events’ as their Southern locations and seasonably warmer climates make these destinations a cold weather reprieve for groups from across the country and places such as Canada,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher/Editor Marlane Bundock.  “The late Fall, Winter and early Spring months are often the most popular time to hold a meeting, event or convention—especially due to the lower rates that can be found during this non-peak season. Therefore, Southern destinations like these are a top choice for meeting planners who need to boost attendance and participation rates by attracting those who seek warmer weather. As our readers and fans voted for these destinations, meeting planners can also feel confident that these destinations come recommended and have year-round attractions and festivals, ample meeting sites and outdoor recreational opportunities during the winter.”

The Top 10 List is now posted live on Convention South’s website and on Pinterest. Additionally, the July 2014 Issue of ConventionSouth will showcase the top 10 vote-getting destinations with an editorial spotlight.

Hats off to the hard working team that continues to provide exemplary service that positions Virginia Beach as a top meeting destination!

The CVB Team Conducted a Sales Blitz in True Virginia Beach Style

Last month Al Hutchinson and team joined Chris Bunting from the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront to conduct a sales blitz in Indiana. The team entertained clients in the Indianapolis area at the home opener of the Indianapolis Indians. Our guests enjoyed networking in our private suite at the beautiful Victory Field and we were even visited in our suite by Mayor Greg Ballard and the First Lady of Indianapolis! The game was won by the Indians in the bottom of the 9th and a fireworks display closed out the night. We all had a blast while doing what we do best, promoting Virginia Beach!

Virginia Beach Hosts the 2014 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships

Lacrosse Comes Alive at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex

Virginia Beach is a superior sports destination and popular with sports enthusiasts of all types. The city is known for its nationally ranked boardwalk, beautiful beaches and phenomenal sporting venues. Among the list of first-class facilities is the Princess Anne Athletic Complex and Stadium, the host stadium for the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. The championships, presented by Harrow Sports, will be held on May 7th – 10th and the athletic complex promises to come alive with lacrosse action!

The WCLA is a collegiate, non-varsity league consisting of more than 225 women’s teams from across the country.  The teams compete in 10 leagues that host roughly 4,500 players in two divisions. The Division I and Division II National Championships host 16 and 12 teams, respectively.  US Lacrosse, a nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport.

Showcasing venues and amenities that rival most metropolitan areas, our seaside city is the ideal location for the event and we are excited to host the US Lacrosse National Championships in Virginia Beach. The winning combination of the Princess Anne Athletic Complex, a state-of-the-art competition facility, US Lacrosse, and our beautiful coastal destination is the perfect backdrop for a thrilling WCLA National Championships.

 

Let the games begin!

 

 

The Sports Marketing Team Receives a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award

Event Planners around the Country Agree that Virginia Beach is and Award Winning Sports Destination

Planners have grown to expect the winning combination of state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service we provide in Virginia Beach. With extraordinary focus on service and an unmatched track record of successful events it’s no surprise that the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau was the only destination in Virginia to receive a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents Media Group.

The group, whose primary focus is to provide sports planners with content that assists in producing excellent competitions, hosted an online voting system for sports events planners nationwide. “Our online voting system allowed us to gather thousands of nominations and votes casted by sports event planners around the country for the 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards,” SportsEvents editor Kristen McIntosh said in a statement. “These award winners have gone above and beyond to provide the quality sports infrastructure, services and commitment to today’s discerning sports event planners demand. These winners have truly set the bar high for the sports events they host.”

We understand that success is a team sport and we are determined to provide the superior level of service that yields unforgettable competitive experiences. I am very proud of our team and this recognition is evidence that when we say “Service is Our Sport” it’s not just a tagline it’s a standard in Virginia Beach.

Way to go team!


“One Beach, One World” – Offering Customized Give Back Opportunities for Meeting Planners

The Meetings & Conventions sales team at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is eager to help your group plan an unforgettable give back opportunity the next time you meet in Virginia Beach. One Beach, One World is the corporate social responsibility program designed by the Virginia Beach CVB with meeting planners in mind. Unique give back opportunities can be customized to fit a group’s charitable focus. Our team has local contacts in six key outreach areas such as restoring and protecting our environment, supporting our military, international outreach and more. Whatever level of participation your group desires can be arranged, from hands-on projects with educational components to site visits for meet and greet and donation opportunities. Let us help you turn your good intentions into good deeds!

For more information and a list of our One Beach, One World partners, visit http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/meetingplanners/giveback/ or contact Teri Wiley, CMP, at twiley@visitvirginiabeach.com or Teresa Diaz at tdiaz@visitvirginiabeach.com>

Teri Wiley Nominates the 2013 Meeting Professional of the Year Award Recipient

This past October, the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) was held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Beach had the honor of hosting more than 2500 air medical transport professionals from across the globe. Natasha Ross, CMP from the Association of Air Medical Services worked very closely with Teri Wiley, Senior Convention Services Manager, and the rest of the CVB team in organizing this successful conference.

As a member of the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA), Teri Wiley had the opportunity to recognize and nominate a meeting planner that she has worked with in the past year, for the Meeting Professional of the Year award. After working so closely with Natasha, Teri felt that she was deserving of this recognition and submitted her nomination.

Teri and the CVB team was thrilled to discover that Natasha Ross won the 2013 Meeting Professional of the Year award and was presented the award at the annual ESPA conference that was held in Boston last month. Congratulations Natasha!