Every day is a sports day at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. This 71-acre sports field facility is a great place to kick soccer balls, run wind sprints, throw frisbees, do parkour and so much more. It truly is the sports destination of choice of sports leagues, soccer clubs, and organizations for tournament-level field play.
Located in north Scottsdale near the 101 Hayden Rd. and Princess Ave exits, the SSC has 10 sports fields within the complex. Four of these are well-lit, international-sized fields. There are six other unlit fields, two in regulation size, and four others in international size. On any given night and weekend throughout the spring into summer, you’ll see these fields filled with teams competing in soccer, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee, field hockey and football.
Sports teams just can’t show up and play, however. The Complex drives much of its revenues via the rental fees for the fields. Tournament organizers can rent one or more fields, either for day or night play, and must have an insurance policy to accompany the field request.
Because of the intense workout these fields get, the Scottsdale Sports Complex maintenance crew makes sure the fields stay in good shape. During the spring and fall months, when tournament play is in full swing, the fields get seeded and watered regularly to keep the natural grasses growth up.
The only time that the Complex field is out of action for team sports play is for a few weeks in January and February, when it serves as a large parking lot of the overflow of cars in the two huge winter events – Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction and the Waste Management Golf Open – both held nearby.
When the field is not full of competitors, residents and visitors take full advantage of the Complex grounds. There are folks who walk, jog, exercise, or just stroll with their dogs over the four miles of multi-use pathways spread throughout the complex. The Complex also has a shaded playground for kids, a full-sized basketball court (with lights for evening play), grassy areas for seating and restrooms.
It’s truly a treasure in North Scottsdale, a public recreation space for the enjoyment of nearby residents and visitors. Plus, the views of the McDowell Mountain range are in the distance, giving fitness enthusiasts great views with the great workout.
Here are a few of the upcoming tournament events at the Scottsdale Sports Complex:
April 29-30 Desert Cup Youth Soccer Tournament – hosted by the ActivStars Outreach Soccer program
May 5 –6 AZ Lacrosse League State Championships Divisions ll Tournament