Sports and Recreation
Home to the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League, Bosse Field opened in 1915 and was the first municipally owned sports facility in the United States. Only Boston's Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914) are older than Evansville's Bosse Field. Site for the filming of "A League of Our Own" in 1992. Whether you're a sports fan or a history buff, this structure is a must see!
Burdette Park has family fun year-round.The park is open 7AM-midnight, 365 days a year. The Park Office is open from 8AM-4:30PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. All activities in the park are subject to operational hours, rental restrictions and weather conditions.
University of Southern Indiana Disc Golf Course.
Steeped in tradition and always exciting, Ellis Park Race Track is just minutes from Downtown Evansville. Built in 1922 and owned by Churchill Downs, Ellis Park runs live thoroughbred races from July through Labor Day with simulcast racing available year round. Recent renovations of the facility enhanced her graceful gables and twin spires providing an elegant signature for this Kentucky landmark. Watch some of racing's finest from the air-conditioned comfort of the clubhouse or the open gallery alongside the track.
Locally owned and a member of the Frontier League, the Otters are the darlings of summer. Great ball play combined with fun promotions throughout the game guarantee an evening of fun family entertainment. To top it off, the games are played at Bosse Field, a stadium built in 1915 and the site of the filming of A League of Their Own in 1992. Come watch our Boys of Summer from May through August!
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The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum was built in 1918 to honor soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Built in the Classic Revival architectural style, the building is made truly unusual and striking by the brick wings on either side of the poured concrete front, the curved corner of which give the building an Art Deco Flair, says the Indiana Historic Architecture Home Page. The Coliseum is now used for sports, exhibitions, stage plays, concerts, meetings and receptions.
Once complete, the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage will encompass 42 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails that encircle the city. Linking communities and providing a natural refuge from busy streets, the Greenway will be a linear park and trail system that ultimately extends into adjacent counties and ties into the American Discovery Trail (an interstate system of trails that cross the U.S.). Access to the completed portions of the trail is found at Garvin Park (N. Main Street and Heidelbach Ave.) and at the downtown Riverfront.
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New facility opened in October of 2002, Swonder Ice Arena is a skater's dream come true. Two regulation-size rinks suit hockey players and figure skaters. Inliners and skateboarders can choose between an indoor or outdoor skate park. State-of-the-art sound and light show designed with the technology used at the 2002 Olympics heats up the action when the skaters take the ice. University of Southern Indiana and local high school hockey teams compete weekly. Seating for 1,500 spectators available.
At Vanderburgh County 4-H Center. Nov-March practice on Tues & Thurs, racing Saturdays at 3:00pm. Practice $3, points $10, trophy $13.
Tri-State Speedway is a one-quarter mile high-banked dirt oval racetrack located approximately 15 miles north of Evansville off Hwy 41. Racing takes place on Sundays between May and September for Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Pro-Modifieds and Late Models (UMP sanctioned).
The University of Evansville features 13 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams, which compete in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Check with the UE athletic department for a full schedule of Aces athletic events.
Adjacent to the Nature Preserve, Wesselman Park features a Par 3 golf course, batting cages, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, a playground and more!
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is a National Natural Landmark and a State Nature Preserve with over 190 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest, providing the prefect atmosphere for relaxing nature walks. The Nature Center features exhibits, events, wildlife observation areas, meeting rooms a library and a gift shop.