About Visit South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend attracts a multitude of tourists each year for its picturesque city views, history, and The University of Notre Dame. For sports tournaments, the city is a perfect blend of top-notch facilities, hotels, and attractions, making it a first-choice destination for many. With over 5,000 hotel rooms, 5 colleges and universities, the East Race Waterway, and the South Bend Chocolate Factory and Museum, you will surely find a place to stay and things to do. 

Tony Prpic, President of HockeyTime Productions, typically hosts between 12-14 tournaments in South Bend annually, bringing hundreds of teams to the city. Prpic has ample positive remarks about South Bend as a destination. “Picture this: a fabulous location, several hotels to choose from, and an abundance of first-class athletic facilities all offered in THE lovely South bend, Indiana. Let’s start with the hotel selection. It’s abundant AND reasonably priced, which makes it ideal for large tournament weekends.  Secondly, the proximity to marketplaces such as Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis make it a quick and convenient destination. Lastly, the visitors’ bureau does everything possible to ensure that Event Organizers have everything they need to do their job with ease. Overall, it would be hard pressed to find another area that offers so much to every single patron,” he says. 

River Lights in South Bend
South Bend River Lights

Featured Venues

While discovering South Bend, consider Compton Family Ice Arena as a place to play or even just to stop by. Located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the arena is a huge asset to the South Bend community and hosts several large tournaments annually. Though currently closed, officials are hopeful that it will reopen soon. Another fan favorite, Jr. Irish Soccer Complex is a popular tournament site. In addition to the local club, the complex also welcomes soccer and lacrosse tournaments throughout the year that draw ample tourism to The Bend. 


South Bend Chocolate Company Sign

Visit The South Bend Chocolate Company
A visit to South Bend is not complete without a stop at The South Bend Chocolate Company. Indulge in their confections and tour the factory and museum!
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Notre Dame Dome

Visit Notre Dame’s Campus
A tour of the University of Notre Dame is a must on a trip to South Bend. Visit the famous Basilica of the Sacred Heart or join in the excitement of a game day!

Rafting in South Bend

Raft along the East Race Waterway
If you’ll be in South Bend during the summer months, whitewater rafting should be at the top of your itinerary. Grab some friends, and see The Bend from a new perspective!
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2021 Events

The future looks bigger and brighter for South Bend, set to host multiple large sporting events in the coming years. Lacrosse America, which typically hosts one lacrosse tournament annually, has transitioned to planning multiple events a year. The city was scheduled to host the 2021 U.S. Figure Skating Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in January. Though cancelled for 2021, the championship is currently in the rescheduling process for a future year. This coming May and June, the 2021 Midwest Women’s Bowling Tournament will be in South Bend for 6+ weekends. Each weekend, different events will be hosted, bringing teams from across the Midwest region.  

Why Visit South Bend Mishawaka?

Visit South Bend Mishawaka is a perfect destination to host all sports events, nestled in the middle of the Great Lakes region between Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Indianapolis. With easy access to I-80/90, South Bend is just 90 miles east of Chicago. The destination is also home to the South Bend International Airport that is serviced by four airlines – Allegiant, American, Delta and United – with direct flights to 13 cities around the country. And, of course, who can resist a visit to The University of Notre Dame during your free time? With its dining, lodging, hot spot attractions, and extensive facilities, South Bend is a perfect place to play. 

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Brenna Collins, Playeasy Content Creation Manager
Written By: Brenna Collins