From Major League legends like Frank Thomas and Tim Hudson to elite freestyle kayakers such as Hunter Katich, Bennett Smith, and Mason Hargrove, Columbus has a rich history of creating champions. In addition to world-class offerings on the Chattahoochee River, Columbus has countless options for athletes, and fans alike. Whatever your sport, you’ll find an amazing venue here.
The Civic Center is home to both the Columbus Lions, a National Arena League football team, and the Columbus River Dragons professional ice hockey team.
The Columbus Ice Rink is a 38,122 square foot facility with a single NHL regulation-sized ice surface, measuring 200' x 85' with a comfortable seating capacity of 713 guests. The facility is capable of handling ice events as well as social events. Columbus Ice Rink is located next to Columbus Civic Center in the South Commons Sports Complex.
The Columbus South Commons is a 90-acre sports complex comprised of the Columbus Civic Center, the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, a 13,000-seat football stadium, South Commons Softball Complex, an 8-field softball venue with a 2,500 seat softball stadium (home of the 1996 Olympic Softball Competition), and historic Golden Park, a 4,500 seat baseball stadium.
The Greater Columbus Sports & Events Council’s mission is to foster economic development in the City of Columbus through the recruitment and facilitation of local sporting events, the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the support of recreational facilities in the community.
The football rivalry between the Albany State University Golden Rams and the Fort Valley State University Wildcats began in 1945, although 2019 is just the 30th meeting of the two teams since it became officially known as the Fountain City Classic in 1990.
Golf lovers will find no shortage of opportunities to swing a club. The 36-hole Bull Creek Golf Course was voted Top 25 Golf Courses in the U.S., and Fort Benning Golf Club is a public course offering terrific views and challenging play for all skill levels. Maple Ridge Golf Club offers a high quality course co-designed by 1987 Masters winner, current Champions Tour star and Columbus resident Larry Mize. Fine courses are also found at the area’s two private clubs, the Country Club of Columbus and Green Island Country Club. Nearby, Callaway Gardens offers one course with PGA-level play, and a second, more leisurely scenic course. Callaway’s Twin Oaks Practice Facility will help you brush up on your skills.
Since its formation in 1971, the Haskins Commission has been devoted to amateur golf and the presentation of the Haskins Award. This coveted trophy honors the year’s outstanding college golfer and the memory of Fred Haskins, an obscure club pro that spent his life nurturing and mentoring amateur golfers. Haskins was head professional at the Country Club of Columbus for 34 years, recommended for the position by the legendary Bobby Jones.
A celebration of the best paddling location in the south at RushSouth Whitewater Park. The two day event consists of the USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships, and a beer and barbeque festival.
The Columbus Roadrunners Club is a volunteer organization founded to promote the fun of running and physical fitness throughout Columbus and the surrounding areas. Be it road, cross country, track, trail or triathlon, we have something for everyone. The club is a chapter of the Road Runners Club of America.
If soccer is more your speed, the Woodruff Farm Road Soccer Complex offers 12 full-sized fields, with floodlighting, and is considered one of the finest complexes in the Southeast.
The Columbus Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art indoor facility offering an Olympic size swimming pool arranged for lap swimming, and a smaller warm-up pool set up instructional programs, fitness and wellness activities, and open swim. The facility also has three diving boards, plus men’s, women's and family locker rooms.
For tennis fans, the Cooper Creek Tennis Center is one of the top clay court tennis facilities in the country, offering 30 artificially lit clay courts, and one championship court with seating for 500.
The Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA) has its offices at Cooper Creek and is the second biggest USTA organization in the South. In Phenix City, the Cliff Farrar Tennis Center is a newly renovated facility located near Idle Hour Park. Eight courts are available for recreational play, league matches, and summer tennis clinics.
The annual rivalry between Tuskegee and Lane College, battling to be White Water Classic champion. Played at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, there is tailgating, a barbecue competition, vendors and of course FOOTBALL!
Youth sports leagues are extremely popular here, and you can find a competitive league for most sports and level of athletic ability, including teeball, softball, baseball, soccer, flag football, cheer, dance and step, gymnastics, and track.
For information on youth sports in Columbus: parks.columbusga.gov/Sports/Youth
For information on youth sports in Phenix City: phenixcityal.us/parks-recreation/athletics/youthleagues