Why St. George


St. George is a clean and vibrant community of about 75,000 located in the heart of some of the most beautiful country you will ever experience. As a host destination, St. George is spectacular. This is a community energized by nature and inspired by physical achievement.

You can travel the country and you won’t find a single area that offers the variety of activity, scenery and facilities available here. The city is nestled in red rock country in the SW corner of Utah – just a 90-minute drive from Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a place where the scenery seems torn from the pages of a National Geographic magazine and where the people really know how to make visitors feel welcome.

The St. George area hosts hundreds of major events each year including the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship (3000 Athletes, 7500 visitors), the Huntsman World Senior Games – a two week showcase of 30 different sporting events that brings more than 10,000 senior participants to the area, and the NJCAA Women’s Fast Pitch Championships to name a few.

Participants have offered hundreds and hundreds of testimonials about how friendly and welcoming the people in this area are and what a great destination it is for sports. In post event surveys, more than 98% of participants give St. George the highest possible rating when asked how they feel about the area and the people. As one athlete put it: “These are the nicest people I have ever met in the U.S.!!!”

The area is peacefully designed with great sports fields and recreation facilities including an exciting university campus, a state-of-the-art convention center, a 2000 seat outdoor amphitheater surrounded by 800 foot sandstone cliffs, and more than 60 miles of paved walking trails, 12 challenging golf courses, and many inviting hotels, restaurants, RV parks, shopping centers, museums, art galleries and spas.

For sight-seeing, you’ll discover an abundance of majestic scenery including Zion National Park (just 45 minutes from St. George), Snow Canyon State Park (10 minutes), Bryce Canyon National Park (2 hours) and the Grand Canyon (2.5 hours). The striking variety of terrain and color will surprise you at every turn.

As a host destination, St. George will reward you in a way that you can’t even comprehend until you get here and feel the rejuvenation that comes when you immerse yourself in the event, the people, and the incredible landscape.

Combine that with the experience and commitment of the Sports Commission, and our relationship with community leaders, local agencies and facility operators, and we have no doubt that you’ll be thrilled with the way your event comes together.