Centered in a fast growing industrial triangle, Volusia County is located just 25 miles northeast of Orlando, 60 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center and 84 miles south of Jacksonville. Its east central location places Volusia County at the busy intersection of Florida’s two major interstate highways, I-95 and I-4.
Volusia County features over 47 miles of beaches centered on Daytona Beach, the “World’s Most Famous Beach.” The area’s many lakes and rivers offer every type of water sport. Volusia County also features many sports complexes, great golf courses and more than 13,000 hotel rooms. Not only does this community host some of the largest special events in the world, but Daytona Beach is also home to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and the Florida Section of the United States Tennis Association.
Volusia County Sports Facilities
Daytona Beach Ocean Center
This highly functional facility, which was recently expanded to nearly 160,000 square feet, is available to host a wide variety of sporting events. The Ocean Center contains a 46,000 square foot arena with seating capacity for 10,000, a 14,000 square foot conference center, 18 separate meeting rooms and more. In addition, a new 100,000 square foot expansion opened in early 2009 and is just steps from the World’s Most Famous Beach. Past events have included volleyball, martial arts, rodeo gymnastics and cheerleading. Visit the Ocean Center Website.
Daytona International Speedway
Billed as the “World’s Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway is the home of NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race: the Daytona 500. The 2.5-mile superspeedway also hosts the Sprint Cup Series’ Coke Zero 400 each summer, numerous NASCAR sanctioned races and motorcycle events. Each fall, runners from around the nation line up at the track and compete in the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, which includes a 13.1-mile course that stretches to the beach and back to the Speedway. Visit Daytona International Speedway.
Florida Tennis Center
This state-of-the-art facility offers 24 clay Hydro-Courts, with 20 lighted for night play. The facility also features a grandstand court with 1,000 permanent seats, a 6,000 square foot building with full-service pro shop, tennis center office, locker rooms, plus 3,500 square feet of office space for the USTA Florida Section. The teaching staff is USPTA-certified. Visit the Florida Tennis Center Daytona Beach Website.
The headquarters of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and two championship golf courses combine to create the perfect setting for any tournament at LPGA International. The facility is the annual home of the LPGA’s Qualifying School Tournament. The par 72, links-style Champions Course was designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1994. The classic Legends Course has hosted numerous collegiate women’s tournaments, including the 2007 NCAA Division I National Championship and the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Championship. The Arthur Hills design is built among natural marshlands and tall pine trees. Visit the LPGA International Website.
Sports Complexes (county-wide)
There are several sports complexes throughout the county able to accommodate everything from baseball to softball to soccer. The three largest complexes are the Ormond Beach Sports Complex (10 full-size soccer fields, 5 adult softball fields and 4 high school-size baseball fields), the New Smryna Sports Complex (football stadium, 4 baseball fields, 3 adult softball fields, 3 soccer fields, 1 multi-purpose) and Deltona’s Dewey O’Boster Sports Complex (6 soccer fields, 2 multi-purpose fields and 1 football field.
Volusia County Beaches
Stretching from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County offers more than 47 miles of coastline, perfect for water sports, beach volleyball, fishing, sailing, surfing or just relaxing. Daytona Beach was home to the 2002 World Lifesaving Championships and annually welcomes the National Cheerleading Championships.
Volusia County Fairgrounds
Strategically located on State Road 44 at Interstate 4 Exit 118, the Volusia County Fairgrounds are only 15 miles from Interstate 95 and Daytona Beach and only 32 miles from Orlando. This location draws visitors not only from Volusia County but also from Seminole, Orange, Lake, Brevard, Flagler and Putnam counties. As part of the western gateway into Volusia County, the grounds, with nearly 59,000 square feet of covered area, have become a major gathering place for special events. Visit the Volusia County Fairgrounds Website.