Hampton Roads has no major-league sports team, but the area doesn't lack for competitive action. From baseball and golf to football and hockey to basketball and motorsports, there is plenty of fierce competition year-round.
Langley Speedway. Gentlemen, and a few ladies, start their engines Saturday nights and run Langley's 0.396-mile track. Divisions change each week but include Late Model, Grand Stock, Super Street, Legends, Mini-Truck and UCAR. The speedway is on North Armistead Avenue in Hampton. Langley's grandstands hold 5,500. Drivers who have raced at Langley include Richard Petty, David Pearson and Geoffrey Bodine.
War Memorial Stadium. The Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League, a summer wooden-bat league for college baseball players, call this historic ballpark home. Duke Snider, Whitey Ford, Gil Hodges, Lou Piniella, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Gary Carter and Julio Franco all played minor-league ball at this stadium off Pembroke Avenue in Hampton. The Pilots list the seating capacity at 5,125.
Hampton Coliseum. This venue, close to the intersection of Mercury Boulevard and Interstate 64, hosts a variety of sports events, from the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star basketball games in July to the Virginia Duals wrestling tournament each January. The wrestling event draws top-ranked high school and collegiate teams from around the nation. Seating capacity is 8,150 for ice hockey, 10,147 for basketball and 10,861 for wrestling and boxing.
Boo Williams Sportsplex. This new venue at 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway in Hampton is serving as home for AAU youth basketball tournaments and key indoor track and field meets, as well as Hampton city recreation events and new partnerships with Sentara, Apprentice School and Thomas Nelson Community College. Gymnastics, baseball, volleyball and cheerleading also have events there.
Hampton University. Opened during the 1993-94 season, the Convocation Center (7,200) is home to the Pirates' basketball teams. The Convocation Center is a short walk from Armstrong Stadium, the school's football venue, which was refurbished and renovated before the 2000 season.
Darling and Todd stadiums. These are two of the top high school sports facilities in the state. Darling Stadium, on Victoria Avenue just off LaSalle Avenue, is the home football field for all of Hampton's public high schools; Todd Stadium, on Warwick Boulevard a few blocks north of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, accommodates all of Newport News' public high schools. Both stadiums have seating capacities of about 8,000.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun