Located in the heart of the West, Casper is a terrific destination for sporting events of nearly any size or nature. The rugged beauty of the region serves as the perfect backdrop for the spirit of athletic competition and excellence. Casper's welcoming atmosphere makes visitors to feel right at home. Casper Mountain, which is part of the Rocky Mountain range, lies just to the south of town and provides abundant recreational opportunities year-round. The North Platte River fills the nearby Alcova Lake just 45 minutes outside of town before meandering through the heart of Downtown Casper. In addition to boating, floating and other watersports activities it provides, the river is home to world-class fishing — American Angler Magazine recently named the North Platte River's Grey Reef Section the Number One Big Fish Fishery in the world! Casper also boasts the region's widest selection of national chain stores, shops and boutiques; a wide array of dining options; rich cultural history; a thriving art scene; and over 2600 hotel rooms.
Casper's sporting facilities are adaptable to a variety of events. Sporting events planners can choose among several baseball / softball and soccer fields; golf courses; motorized vehicle, bike and skate venues; shooting ranges; tennis courts; basketball and volleyball courts; and other indoor facilities. One of the most popular and flexible venues is the Casper Events Center, which overlooks Downtown Casper. With an arena space of over 28,000 square feet and seating for over 10,000 spectators, this venue has hosted everything from circuses and ice shows to national indoor rodeos and sports tournaments. Highly experienced support staff and supplies are available to ensure a professional, worry-free sporting event.
The College National Finals Rodeo, named "Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Collegiate Event for 2009" by Sports Travel Magazine, has made Casper its home since 2002 and recently extended its stay through 2022. Casper also regularly hosts statewide high school tournaments for basketball, wrestling volleyball and track.