Planners throughout Missouri can easily hit a home run with groups that appreciate the addition of a sports outing sometime during the meeting.
Tickets to professional and collegiate sporting events can be arranged, and groups of varying activity levels can get competitive during sports-centric teambonding activities, from bowling and laser tag to golf and fishing.
St. Louis is a sports-friendly destination where groups can arrange outings to watch a game, take a tour or participate in other fun activities, according to Anthony Paraino, director of public relations for Explore St. Louis. Venues include Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues hockey team; and Toyota Stadium, where the Saint Louis FC soccer team plays.
Planners can also partner with several other area sports facilities, including Gateway Motorsports Park Kartplex and Pole Position Raceway, where groups can participate in a kart-racing teambuilding event. They can also check out Climb So iLL or Upper Limits for indoor rock-climbing.
At Flamingo Bowl, which has two party rooms, groups can enjoy the Art Deco decor while bowling and sharing appetizers, and at Chesterfield Sports Fusion, which has an on-site executive meeting room, groups can engage in a variety of games from laser tag to miniature golf.
Missouri’s other major sports destination is Kansas City, home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, who play at Arrowhead Stadium, and MLB’s Kansas City Royals, who play at Kauffman Stadium.
Kauffman Stadium has several different spaces for a group experience, according to Becky Harsch, Visit KC’s national accounts manager for the sports market.
“I love the dugout suites,” she said, and added the stadium has some delicious Kansas City food and drink, including barbecue and microbrews.
Conveniently located downtown within walking distance of the Kansas City Convention Center is the interactive College Basketball Experience (CBE), where groups can arrange a fun teambuilding outing as well as receptions and other events. CBE also houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
The sporty teambuilding possibilities in Branson are seemingly endless, according to Terra Alphonso, director of sports marketing and development for the Branson/Lakes Area CVB.
Among the options are Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, which has a pavilion groups can use for meal functions, and Fritz’s Adventure, an indoor attraction filled with ropes courses, underground tubes and tunnels, and suspended bridges.
“After your attendees are done buzzing about the tree houses, interconnected walkways and water tower complete with spiral rope staircase and slide, they can enjoy healthy food-and-beverage options from Fritz’s restaurant,” Alphonso said.
Branson is also home to award-winning golf with views of the Ozarks, including the course at Thousand Hills Golf Resort, where a dedicated staff will assist with group tournaments.