By Sally J. Clasen
Location is everything—especially if you’re a youth sports organizer. Thankfully, Chandler is home to a number of Chandler youth sports facilities including Snedigar Sportsplex, which covers all the bases for Arizona youth sports tournaments.
Named for fallen Chandler police officer James Snedigar, the 90-acre complex is equipped for competition.
- Two professional-sized baseball fields
- Four softball fields
- Four Little League baseball fields
- 12 soccer fields
- Full-sized cricket field
- 9,000-square-foot recreation center,
- Skate park
- Fully-fenced dog park
The Snedigar Sportsplex is conveniently located near popular lodging, food and activities for all teams and their road crew to enjoy. To help cover all the details for your upcoming event, contact the Visit Chandler staff who can assist you with planning. Here are some suggestions to get started.
Where to sleep
After a competitive day at Snedigar, check-in for some Zzz’s at nearby hotels that can accommodate exhausted team members and their fans.The Holiday Inn Phoenix Chandler, for example, features suites and spa baths, a 24-hour fitness facility, outdoor pool, babysitting services and free Wi-Fi.
For a modern stay with spacious suites and kitchens, the Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix Chandler offers all this and more, including a saltwater pool and barbecues, plus free breakfast and local shuttle service. And you can use HiltonLink to build a personalized website with booking tools for your group.
If you need a command center to run your sports operation, the Marriott Phoenix Chandler boasts the largest meeting space in town. The new property includes a fitness center, outdoor pool and popular restaurant Café MeSo that blends modern American, Southwest and Mediterranean flavors and Proof 19, a lounge with hand-crafted cocktails and chef-driven bites.
Additional hotels located near Snedigar Sports Complex, include a dozen hotels close to Chandler Fashion Center mall – offering ease of access to shopping, dining, entertainment and all are hotels with pools for post-game relaxation.
Where to eat
Start game day at First Watch, located at Fulton Ranch. The iconic breakfast, brunch and lunch café offers a made-to-order menu that features traditional and innovative items made with local, fresh ingredients, a signature pot of coffee and complimentary newspapers.
In between the action, satisfy your appetite at the industrial-chic Ginger Monkey Gastropub, where the lunch and dinner lineup includes scratch-made comfort food such as Parmesan-crusted cauliflower and short rib sliders, craft cocktails and a K-9 menu.
Then cool down after a day in the sun with a stop at Jeremiah’s, an Italian ice shop with strawberry-lemon, sour green apple, mango and cake batter flavors, among others, and a signature twist: a layering of Italian ice with soft ice cream called Jeremiah’s Gelati.
Where to play
Extend play off the field with activities that appeal to young athletes and their families at a Chandler family fun center. Adrenaline junkies looking for a thrill have a few high-flying options: At Big Air Trampoline Park, it’s OK to jump off the walls. The fun includes trampoline dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, a foam pit, launch pads, a massive freestyle court, and climbing wall.
If you want to defy nature, head to the Gravity Extreme Zone, a 40,000-square-foot indoor adventure facility that sports unique attractions, including a zip line, rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, skywalk, drop slide, dodge ball, foam pit and VR area.
For a different game play, test your group’s problem-solving skills via the Escape the Room-Chandler. Or catch a flick paired with dinner and local brews for the adults, served seat-side at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which showcases modern and classic films with interactive experiences.
When you're ready to start planning your next Arizona youth sports tournament, reach out to the Visit Chandler staff and let us find the right hotel and venue for your next youth sporting event! Contact our staff or call us at (480) 782-3037 for personal assistance.