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Sports in Hampton Roads

Fans' fare

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.

Kingsmill. Home to the LPGA Tour's Michelob Ultra Open in May. Suzann Pettersen (2007), Karrie Webb ('06), Cristie Kerr ('05), Se Ri Pak ('04) and Grace Park ('03) have won this event. The resort, home to three 18-hole courses, is in James City County. The resort's River Course hosted a PGA Tour event from 1981-2002.

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.

Harbor Park. This ballpark has been called the finest minor-league facility in America. Harbor Park is home to the Norfolk Tides, the Baltimore Orioles' top farm team. Seating capacity is 12,067 at this stadium overlooking the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk.

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.

Scope. This arena in downtown Norfolk serves as home to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Scope, which hosted the first NCAA women's basketball championship, has a seating capacity of 10,239 for basketball and 8,936 for hockey.

Ted Constant Convocation Center. "The Ted" opened for the 2002-03 basketball season and is home to Old Dominion University's men's and women's basketball teams. The building, on Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk, seats 8,500 people.

Zable Stadium. Home to the William and Mary football program. The brick structure was built in 1935 under the Public Works Act, and the stadium and bleachers seat 13,279 for football. Nearby is Busch Field, the current home of some other Tribe teams, and Kaplan Arena inside William and Mary Hall (seating capacity 8,600), home to the men's and women's basketball programs, among other teams.

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.

Christopher Newport University. The Freeman Center, visible from Warwick Boulevard, is one of the finest Division III athletic facilities in the country. The Captains' men's and women's basketball teams play there, and the 112,000-square-foot, multipurpose venue has a state-of-the-art indoor track, offices and training facilities, and a large fitness and weight-training area for students and faculty.

Apprentice School. The school that trains apprentices for Newport News Shipbuilding also fields six sports teams: football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's golf and wrestling. Seating capacity for the Apprentice gymnasium is 1,000; for the football field, 2,500.

Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Opened in 1998, the Sportsplex (capacity 11,541) hosts various high school football and soccer games and is one of the nation's finest soccer facilities.

USA Field Hockey National Training Center. Adjacent to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, this is the training site for the U.S. women's field hockey national teams. It annually hosts the National Futures Tournament, which showcases the country's top age-group-level players in the country.

McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. This state-of-the-art facility on South Henry Street in Williamsburg is home to the William and Mary tennis program and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Tennis Hall of Fame. It was funded by a gift from the late Mark McCormack, a W&M alumnus and the founder of one of the world's premier sports marketing and business firms, and his wife, Betsy Nagelsen.

Colonial Downs. Just off Interstate 64 in New Kent County, Colonial Downs has thoroughbred horse racing in the late spring and early summer and harness racing in the fall, in a picturesque setting. The facility hosts the Virginia Derby and other top state races each year.

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.

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