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A Larger Venue for Sporting Events in the Chicago Southland!
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A Larger Venue for Sporting Events in the Chicago Southland!


Lansing, Ill. – The Southland Athletic And Event Center (A Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprise) is a Chicago Southland sports venue located in Lynwood, Ill. that has recently installed 41,000+ square feet of portable wood court flooring for events of all kinds. The newly installed floor is the largest continuous portable wood court floor in the Western Hemisphere and the 2nd largest in the world! This portable wood flooring has space that will accommodate ten basketball and fourteen volleyball courts under one roof, from April through October. Courts of this size allow the Chicago Southland to attract larger regional and national events, that prefer to host their entire roster in one location. Due to the functionality of the space, the Southland Center facility is now more attractive to event organizers for gymnastics, cheer and other activities, such as hobby and niche style gatherings.

From November through March, the Southland Center offers 100,000 square feet of space and includes state-of-the-art Desso Turf, four hardwood basketball courts, a full-service restaurant
and bar as well as a concession stand.

Jim Garrett, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB stated: “The continued improvement for sporting venues is imperative to bringing bigger and better events to the region and increases our presence as a sports destination.”

Joel Koester, Sports Market Manager for the Chicago Southland CVB stated: “We have over two weeks of events coming this April and May to occupy the new courts. We anticipate filling the entire 2020 schedule by mid-2019, with a plethora of traditional and nontraditional sports. The economic impact that this one facility will have on the entire Chicago Southland region is quite substantial, and we look forward to all of the new groups coming to the area.” Since dates are anticipated to fill up quickly, we encourage planners to contact Joel Koester at Joel@VisitChicagoSouthland.com or call the CVB office at the 708-895-8200. For more information visit https://mysouthlandcenter.com/

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 63 south and southwest suburbs. The Chicago Southland CVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for meetings, conventions, group tour, sports events and leisure. For more information, go to VisitChicagoSouthland.com


Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Loren Petrakis - Communications Manager

2304 173rd Street   Lansing, IL 60438

Phone: 708-895-8200 Fax: 708-895-8288 Toll-free: 888-895-8233

Loren@VisitChicagoSouthland.com     VisitChicagoSouthland.com

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