Lake Erie / Presque Isle State Park
Presque Isle State Park encompasses a 3,200 acre forested peninsula on Lake Erie. The park boasts seven miles of beaches, hiking trails, numerous boat launch areas, and a 13-mile multi-use trail system. Visitors enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, beach volleyball, and running. The park has hosted competitive bicycle, running, beach volleyball, and swimming events and can easily accommodate thousands of visitors or spectators.
Contact: Harry Leslie, Manager - Presque Isle State Park
Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1 Erie, PA 16505-2042
Presque Isle Bay/Erie Waterfront/Liberty Park
Erie’s Presque Isle Bay is a 5.8 square mile recreational amenity in downtown Erie. The bay is approximately 4.6 miles long and 1.8 miles wide with an average depth of 20 feet. Popular activities on the bay include swimming, sailing, crew, diving, kayaking, fishing, sailboarding, and waterskiing. Erie’s waterfront is lined with marinas, public parks and piers which can accommodate thousands of spectators. Liberty Park Amphitheater, a special events facility on the waterfront, can host up to 5,000 people.
Contact: Robin Waldinger, Accountant/IT Manager/Event Coordinator – Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority
Address: 1 Holland Street, Erie, PA 16507
Bayfront Convention Center
Built in 2007 on Erie’s waterfront, the Bayfront Convention Center features over 28,000 square feet of space in its “Great Hall” which also has a height of 23 feet. The Convention Center has already hosted events such as boxing matches, gymnastics and cheerleading competitions, and even regional dog shows. The facility has over 470 free parking spaces and its companion 200 room Sheraton Hotel has a 300 space parking garage.
Contact: Jeff Esposito, General Manager
Phone: (814) 455-1260
Address: 1 Sassafras Pier Erie, PA 16507
Erie Insurance Arena
The Erie Insurance Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the downtown area of Erie, Pennsylvania.
The arena gives Erie the ability to host a wide range of sports events such as professional ice hockey, professional basketball, and indoor football. The arena is home to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, and the Erie Explosion of the Continental Indoor Football League. The facility comes equipped with 8 team locker rooms and can currently seat 6,300 people for ice hockey and 6,500 people for basketball. A $47 million restoration and expansion project is underway and projected to be completed in 2013. The capital improvements include additional seating and restrooms and enlarged concourse areas. The arena has successfully hosted events such as the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships and the 2011 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four National Ice Hockey Championship.
Contact: Casey Wells, Executive Director - Erie County Convention Center Authority
Address: 809 French Street, Erie, Pa. 16501
Jerry Uht Park Baseball Stadium
Jerry Uht Park, a 6,952 seat, baseball-only stadium is located adjacent to Erie Insurance Arena in the heart of downtown Erie. Recent improvements include a modern electronic scoreboard with a 40-foot video display and a two-tiered Picnic Garden which contains 11 luxury boxes and new concession stands. The ballpark also has six luxury suites in the main grandstand. The AA Eastern League’s Erie Seawolves have called the park home since 1999. The ballpark has also been a popular site for college and high school baseball games.
Contact: Casey Wells, Executive Director - Erie County Convention Center Authority
Address: 809 French Street, Erie, Pa. 1650
Family First Sports Park
Family First Sports Park is the Northwest Pennsylvania region’s largest multi-sport facility. The expansive complex includes 17 outdoor playing fields, three indoor soccer fields, an inflated sports dome, outdoor basketball courts, a gymnasium with four basketball courts, a fitness center, multi-use flex space, recreation area, and access to a 60-room dormitory which can hold over 300 visitors. The complex has hosted numerous tournaments, camps, and clinics for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football, cheerleading, and golf. The Sports Park is conveniently located along Interstate 90 just south of the city of Erie.
Contact: Leanne Cypher – Events Coordinator
Phone: (814) 397-6999
Address: 8155 Oliver Road, Erie, PA 16509
Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium
Built in 1924 and refurbished in 1980’s, Veterans Stadium is the city of Erie’s largest outdoor stadium capable of seating 10,000 fans. The stadium is centrally located in the city of Erie and can host football, soccer, and other events such as band competitions. A new “A-Turf” surface gives the stadium the capability of hosting multiple games or events the same day regardless of weather conditions. The facility has long been used for playoff football and soccer games.
Contact: Gus Picardo, Erie School District
Address: 148 West 21st Street Erie, PA 16502
Lake Erie Speedway
Lake Erie Speedway is a 3/8 mile asphalt, oval speedway and motorsports facility sanctioned by NASCAR. The $12 million, state of the art motorsports venue was built in 2002 and sits on 120 acres of land. It is considered to be one of the premier motorsports facilities in the nation featuring a premium sound system, Musco lights, Daktronics scoreboard, Kid’s Fun Zone, and countless other amenities. The Speedway can accommodate 6,000 spectators in the main grandstands and an additional 4,000 spectators in perimeter bleachers, group outing areas (4th Turn VIP Club, Sky Box Suite, and Hospitality Village), and other designated viewing space.
Address: 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA 16428
The Mercyhurst Athletic Center is 12,000 square feet facility that seats 1,800 for basketball. The Mercyhurst Ice Center, built in 1991 for the school’s Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams, is 35,280 square feet and can host 1,500 people. Also on campus is Tullio Field, an artificial turf football/soccer complex, which seats 2,300 spectators on bleachers. Dormitories and food service are also available.
Contact: Joe Kimball
Address: 501 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16546
Located in the city of Erie’s central business district, the Hammermill Center is a newly refurbished basketball/volleyball facility with a capacity of 2,800. Gannon University Field is a multi-purpose complex which is used for football, soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse with a seating capacity of 2,500 and excellent lighting for night time events. Dormitories and food service are also available.
Contact: Mark Richard
Address: 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541
Edinboro’s Sox Harrison Stadium has been improved recently with the installation of an artificial surface, Sportexe, new lighting for evening events, and a new scoreboard. The stadium has a capacity of 6,000 people. The natatorium at McComb Fieldhouse features a six-lane 25 yard pool. The gymnasium at McComb Fieldhouse has a seating capacity of 3,500. The newly constructed Zafirovski Dome is the largest air-supplied facility in the tri-state area at over 85,000 square feet. The facility has a six-lane 230 meter indoor track as well as four multi-purpose courts. Edinboro enjoys a small town setting and is approximately 20 miles south of Erie.
Contact: Bruce Baumgartner
Address: 219 Meadville Street, Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
The Junker Center is a $10.2 million athletics and recreation center. The 72,800-square-foot site features three all-purpose courts and a gymnasium seating 1,600, an eight-lane swimming pool, weight room, three-lane running track, jumping pits, aerobics room, locker rooms, offices, and a variety of exercise equipment. Behrend College recently completed a $1.9 million soccer/lacrosse facility with synthetic turf, lighting, and a grandstand.
Contact: Brian Streeter
Address: 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563
Cathedral Prep Event Center
Cathedral Prep’s full service athletic complex opened in 2010 to serve the Erie community. The facility features a stadium that provides seating for 2,000 spectators, convenient parking and a new artificial turf surface and track. The state of the art main building offers locker facilities as well as casual and formal dining opportunities. The Rambler Café offers luncheons, dinners, banquets and graduation/retirement parties. Seating capacity will comfortably hold up to 150 attendees.
Contact: Bill Flanagan
Phone: 814-453-7737 ext. 2290
Address: 501 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16501