The Kerrville Sports Commission was recently organized by the Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau, comprised of managers and/or staff members from various Kerrville sports entities.
The Sports Commission was designed to help promote and advertise sporting events and activities in the area and provide an organization where sports managers can discuss common concepts, ideas and goals.
With the addition of the Kerrville Sports Complex, improvements to the Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, improvements to Antler Stadium, the addition of several sporting events at Schreiner University and retailers that sell and service sporting goods, Kerrville is becoming known as a sports destination.
The beauty of the Hill Country, the tranquility of the Guadalupe River, cultural amenities, historical significance, excellent climate, phenomenal parks and recreational facilities, plus many Texas-friendly citizens are components that make Kerrville an exceptional destination for a family vacation, a weekend getaway or an ideal sports destination.
Kerrville provides plenty to do for individuals, families or teams with downtime between games. The community is home to excellent museums, art galleries and entertainment venues. Numerous festivals and special events are hosted on a year-round basis; and, unique dining and shopping opportunities are plentiful.
Golfers can enjoy three challenging golf courses, while tennis players can play one of several newly upgraded tennis courts. Kerrville’s newest venue is the Kerrville Sports Complex, a 105-acre state-of-the-art sports complex, complete with 11 baseball and softball fields and 20 acres of soccer fields, which opened in January 2018. The complex also has indoor batting cages, pitching tunnels, simulators, a T-ball facility, coaching rooms and a pro shop. The Sports Complex generated a $4-5-million-dollar economic impact for the community its first year in operation.
The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center began operations in 2000. Since 2004, the Hill County Shooting Sports Center has hosted USA Shooting Sports and the national governing body for Olympic Shooting Sports events. Hill Country Shooting Sports Center has hosted various shooting sports events since that time and continues to host USA Shooting Shotgun events. These events have drawn participants, enthusiasts and guests from throughout the United States and other parts of the world to Kerrville.
Kerrville hosts over 1,000 participants annually for the Triathlon Festival, held each September, featuring eight different distance events, which includes swimming in the Guadalupe River, and bicycle riding and running through the hills of the Texas Hill Country. Other cycling events include The Hill Country Easter Bike Run and Kerrville’s Kid’s Triathlon, held each August and the Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Festival, held annually in Rock Springs on Labor Day Weekend.
The Guadalupe River runs through Kerrville, providing opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, tubing and other aquatic activities. If you’re into bicycling, then you’re in luck: the 5-mile Kerrville River Trail is the perfect venue for walking, jogging and cycling.
The Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, a multi-use agricultural and meeting facility, hosts equestrian events such as the Kerrville Open Pro Rodeo and other agriculture-related activities. The event center also is home to the Hill Country Roller Derby Team.
The Crider Rodeo is a popular summertime event, complete with mutton bustin’ contests for local kids and children visiting the area. The rodeo takes place every Saturday night Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
With Kerrville’s sports venues and sports teams, it’s easy to see why Kerrville is becoming better known as a sports destination.
Kerrville, an exceptional sports destination for a few days or a lifetime!
Charlie McIlvain is the president and CEO of the Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau.