Sports groups get an extra edge when they meet in Grand Rapids – the assistance of the West Michigan Sports Commission.
The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote this area as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region. The Commission is the driving force behind the Meijer Sports Complex, which hosts local, regional and national baseball/softball tournaments, and the State Games of Michigan, a twice-yearly Olympic-style featuring thousands of in-state athletes competing in multiple events.
In 2022, the WMSC hosted 250,000+ athletes for 113 sporting events, and was recognized as a 2022 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management. It also added a second hub for the Winter Meijer State Games – Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – to accommodate more snow-dependent sports. In 2023, it is conducting a major fundraising campaign to expand the Meijer Sports Complex with a new championship-level softball field, 20 pickleball courts and more.
EXGR works closely with the Sports Commission to coordinate and schedule sporting events and meetings, a task made easier by the abundance of first-class facilities here. Visit the West Michigan Sports Commission website for information on venues, events and more.