1) How do I go about bringing an event to Decatur?
The first step for bringing an event to Decatur is to contact Decatur’s Sports Marketing Specialist at 800-524-6181.
2) Who handles the bid process for bringing an event?
The bid process is usually a joint effort between the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Decatur Parks and Recreation Department.
3) Do you arrange site visits of facilities, venues, and hotels?
4) What services does the CVB provide to event rights holders?
The CVB provides services beginning with bidding for events. Once an event is secured, the CVB works with Decatur Parks and Recreation Department or other organizations to secure locations. Other services include a housing bureau to arrange hotel accommodations and negotiated rates, arrangement of hotel rebates for the event holder, registration for teams/participants, event feedback in the form of tracking/surveys, welcome bags and coupons, and arranging complimentary rooms for officials.
5) What facilities are available that can host my event?
Decatur has a broad range of facilities and venues and this web site provides many of the details to assist you in your decision-making. It’s easy to access either by reviewing the Sports section or the Facilities & Venues section.
6) Will my event be suitable for Decatur?
As long as your event doesn’t include snow skiing, the answer is yes! Decatur is centrally located in North Alabama and convenient to Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta. This area and its facilities are perfect for baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, soccer, golf, cross country running, indoor track, fishing, water skiing, hunting, birding, cycling, outdoor concerts, and so much more!
7) Can Decatur support a national event?
Absolutely! We have hosted national events such as NAIA Softball, ASA Softball, Stihl Timbersports, FLW Fishing, and others.
8) What role does the CVB play in running the event?
The CVB and Decatur Parks and Recreation team has a hand in the entire event process from the beginning to the end, right down to staffing booths, scheduling vendors and medical staff, ordering rental equipment, and more.
9) What are some of the past events Decatur has hosted?
AHSAA State Indoor Track Meet, Special Olympic State Swim Meet, Austin High Invitational Tennis Tournament, ODP Soccer Training Camps, International soccer matches, Gulf South Softball Tournament, NAIA Softball Tournament, President’s Cup Soccer, AL Jr. Girls Golf Tournament, USSSA Youth State Baseball Tournament, SOA Softball, SOA Golf, AASA Women’s State Softball, ASA National Tournament Softball, Dixie Youth State Tournament, USSSA Baseball World Series, Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament, College Showcase Soccer (and that is just dating back to 2002).
10) What are some of the unique location attractions that your city has?
Decatur is home to the North Alabama Birding Trail, the Tennessee River, Ingalls Harbor, Point Mallard Aquatic Center Park, Jack Allen Recreational Complex, The Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, the Carnegie Visual Arts Museum, Cook’s Natural Science Museum, the Old State Bank, and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.
11) Can you provide local media contact information?
Information available upon request.