Known for 320 days of annual sunshine and crystal white beaches, Panama City Beach continues to provide the premier backdrop for America's trending sports-cation experience. Thanks to state-of-the-art facilities, fields and courts, the destination is projected to welcome over 2,500 athletic teams this year alone, along with an additional 16,000 individual competition athletes.
Many activities take place at Frank Brown Park, the main sports facility equipped with nine baseball and softball diamonds, three soccer fields, four multi-purpose football fields, four tennis courts, walking trails, indoor gymnasium and an aquatic center featuring a temperature-controlled Olympic-size pool. Additionally, three full size multi-purpose fields have recently been developed at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater site, just steps from the Pier Park shopping center.
"After making substantial investments, Panama City Beach is proud to be home to world-class facilities drawing thousands of athletes each year," shares Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. "The proximity of these fields and venues to our award-winning beaches make it easy for fans to turn their support for their favorite team into a much needed vacation."
2015 Sporting Event Highlights include:
- EVP® Open, May 9 2015 at Boardwalk Beach Resort
The EVP® Beach Volleyball Tour's primary goal is to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach.
- Supercup of Watersports, May 8-10, 2015
The leading personal watercraft racing series comes to Panama City Beach, consisting of an elite group of both professional and amateur athletes competing at a high level.
- Beach Blast May 13-17, 2015 at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort
Featuring the world's largest Powered Paragliding (PPG) beachfront fly-in with pilots from over 16 countries, the Beach Blast promises to provide plenty of high-flying action in 2015.
- A-CAT North American Championship, May 19 at St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club
Spectators and sailing enthusiasts are invited to enjoy the annual catamaran regatta, held on St. Andrews Bay.
- Minor League Paintball Classic, June 11-14 at Frank Brown Park
As one of America's fastest growing tournaments, Minor League Paintball returns to Panama City Beach.
- Grand Slam World Series of Baseball at Frank Brown Park
Based in Panama City Beach, Grand Slam Sports Tournaments have become the leader in orchestrating well-run, organized, first-class youth baseball events throughout the Southeastern United States. 2015 series dates are June 16-21, June 22-27, June 29-July 5, July 20-25.
- USFA Fastpitch World Series at Frank Brown Park
The mission of the USFA is to provide an enjoyable competitive atmosphere where fastpitch softball players can thrive. 2015 series dates are July 6-11, July 13-18 and July 20-25.
- PCB Hurricanes "7's Tournament", Aug. 29-30 at Frank Brown Park
Hosted by Panama City Beach Rugby Club, the "7's Tournament" will feature some of the region's best teams and players.
- Endless Summer Classic, Oct. 9-12 at Frank Brown Park
Welcoming around 100 soccer teams, the annual tournament provides a fun beach experience for families and youth players.
- Ironman Florida, Nov. 7, 2015
What began as a challenge between groups of Navy Seals has become one of the most recognized endurance events in the world. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, with the Florida edition of the challenge serving as one of the most popular races on the circuit. For more information, visit http://ironmanflorida.com.
- Panama City Beach Marathon, Dec. 5, 2015 at Pier Park
The marathon will attract runners from across the U.S. and feature a 13.1 mile half-marathon and 5K race as a result of the merging and renaming of the successful Run for the Redfish race.
Annual competitions held in Panama City Beach include: Aquatics (swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming), band competitions, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, bodybuilding, bowling, cheerleading, dance, equestrian shows, fishing, football, golf, gymnastics, indoor volleyball, lacrosse, martial arts, paintball, pickleball, rugby, running, sailing, skimboarding, soccer, softball, tennis, triathlons and watercross. For more information on athletics in Panama City Beach, visit http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/sports/.