Birmingham United Soccer Association is pleased to host the 2017 Red Diamond Classic, the state’s largest soccer tournament series. The Red Diamond Classic brings in visitors from a 12-13 state radius each spring and generates an estimated 8.1 million to the local Birmingham Metropolitan economy. The tournament brings in the best soccer teams from around the region and country, making it one of the highest rated tournaments in the southeast. The event takes place at 4-5 venues in Birmingham and Shelby County and averages 140-160 boys teams and 160-180 girls teams each year.
We are proud to host the U.S. Youth Games Dan Anderson Lacrosse Classic in Birmingham. This is our 14th year to host this tournament in honor of a wonderful person. Dan was a friend, a colleague and a fellow coach. Dan represented the best of lacrosse: A dad who became involved because his son was playing, but then fell in love with the sport itself. Dan would be very proud to see the success of this marquis lacrosse event in Birmingham. Dan’s family stays very involved with the DALC and continues to support the event and what it represents. Teams come from all over the Southeast to play in the DALC. There are 4 divisions comprised of 46 teams. A champion is crowned Sunday afternoon in each division. We are proud to say that many of the same teams come back every year because of the quality event, our volunteers and the friendliness of our city.
The world’s fastest drivers will be returning once again to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama! The three-day weekend that will take place April 21-23 will feature world-class drivers such as Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Dancing with the Stars runner-up, James Hinchecliffe! Tickets start at only $15 and children 15 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of Alabama Power.
Southern Spring Invitational Sponsored By BB&T Bank will be held March 31-April 2, 2017. With 20 Courts under one roof at the BJCC and other courts at Birmingham area schools, the boys and girls tournament for grades 4-11th is the largest travel basketball tournament in the state of Alabama and one of the largest in the country. The event has grown from 43 teams when it started in 2010 to nearly 300 teams in 2016. This year’s event will host teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South and North Carolina, and Tennessee. Nearly 4,000 players compete in the event to be considered amongst the most elite players and programs in the country. Players, coaches, volunteers, staff, and fans bring the event’s attendance to nearly 20,000.
The 2017 VisitSpacCoast.com GSC Basketball Tournament Semifinals and Finals return to the Pete Hanna Center on the campus of Samford University starting with men’s and women’s Semifinal action on Saturday, March 4 and culminating with the crowning of the 2017 Champions on Sunday, March 5.
The 2017 Division II National Championships Festival features around 250 teams competing for NCAA titles in five sports: men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and wrestling. The festival also includes opening and closing ceremonies, a student-athlete social lounge where athletes can mingle, and community engagement activities throughout the week. The festival is unique in the NCAA championships mix as the event has an Olympic feel and was structured specifically to enhance the student-athlete experience for those who earned berths to the Division II championships. This is the third winter sports festival and the 10th festival overall.