While Compass Hotel Anna Maria Sound is the perfect place for a relaxing beach vacation, it’s also ideal for a sports-focused getaway! Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, and Sarasota are home to some of the most premier athletic and sports facilities in the country. From little league to high school and college to the pro leagues, there’s a sport for every fan to enjoy near Compass.
Florida Sports Facilities
IMG Academy is known internationally as one of the best sports performance training facilities. Located less than 20 miles from Compass, IMG is home to some of the world’s most dedicated student-athletes. While IMG is most well-known as a boarding school for these athletes, it also offers year-round IMG Academy camps for both students and teams looking to improve their sports performance. IMG Academy hosts sports events at their facilities frequently, as well as corporate training and more. If you, your children, or even your company are looking to step up your game, IMG is the place to go
Built in 1923, historic LECOM Park offers the charm of a classic ballpark and the amenities fans expect in a modern stadium. This incredible facility is home to the Bradenton Marauders, one of many minor league baseball teams in Florida. Marauders games are a local favorite, with tons of themed nights and ways for the crowd to get involved. LECOM Park is also the spring training ballpark for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Not a Pirates fan? Don’t worry. Compass is close to another spring training ballpark - Ed Smith Stadium. Located in nearby Sarasota, Ed Smith Stadium has been the spring training home for the Baltimore Orioles since 2010. Time your trip right to catch the Orioles in action or head to the stadium for other events, including the 2021 U-18 Baseball World Cup.
Tampa Sports Teams
Looking to catch an NFL or NHL game? Head to Tampa, located less than an hour from Compass. The city is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coming off a 2020 Super Bowl win, as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the Stanley Cup in both 2020 and 2021. If you missed spring training in Bradenton or Sarasota, you can also catch the Tampa Bay Rays during the normal MLB season.