Let us help you plan your tournament or competition.


From awards banquets to championship competitions, everyone wins when the Emerald Coast Convention Center is a member of your team. Our 21,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom features an open expanse, column-free design and a 24 ft. ceiling, allowing an unobstructed view of the competition. Your spectators are sure to catch all the action! Graduated seating with a capacity of 370 and bleachers with a capacity of 530 make viewing optimal.


Please see our additional athletic event enhancements, and then contact our sales team at 850-609-3800 to schedule your next event!



“We have enjoyed hosting our event in your venue, and feel that the Emerald Coast Convention Center is a strong location for us to develop one of our largest competitions.”

— Mike Martinez, Athletic Championships


“My daughter was recently a part of a dance competition at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. There were about 10 other studios in attendance, so the convention center is able to accommodate a large group. The employees were extremely nice and helpful ... the facility was perfect for our purposes. We loved that the convention center offered live streaming so you could watch the happenings on your computer. We had a great experience and will definitely return next year.”

— Anonymous

Services the Emerald Coast Convention Center can arrange to make your competition a success:

  • 24 ft. ceilings allow for open space for indoor volleyball, cheerleading and gymnastics
  • Pre-function space free of charge for competition vendors, merchandising and photography, thus increasing your event’s revenue
  • Lawn space available for outdoor activities, such as practice areas and team gatherings
  • Complimentary use of on-site box office for ticket sales
  • Screen and projector packages available to view the competition so everyone can see the action
  • Free parking
  • Two dressing rooms complete with restroom and shower facilities for various teams
  • Concessions (in-house caterer)
  • Ticket takers can be scheduled
  • In-house AV (sound and lighting)
  • Hazer and fogger for special effects during award ceremonies
  • Variety of staging options from 12" high to 54" high
  • Rigging for competition backdrops
  • Food and beverage through in-house caterer for judges' and coaches' hospitality areas
  • Water stations can be set up and available for the duration of the competition
  • Janitorial and cleanup services before, during and after the event can be arranged to handle any number of attendees
  • Loading dock/roll up doors for load in/setup (13' x 14')
  • Smaller meeting rooms for judges'/coaches' hospitality rooms, practice rooms, team rooms and merchandising rooms
  • Separate audio systems available for various areas within the space, so multiple competitions can be taking place at once
  • Judges' risers and staging can be as high as 9 ft. off the ground, giving them the ideal viewing platform to judge from
  • Private access from outdoor practice area to indoor competition area, allowing for the perfect flow from practice to performance
  • Intelligent lighting for special effects during competitions
  • Coordination with security/EMS/fire to ensure the safety of all attendees and competitors


The following amenities are free of charge with all meeting room rentals:

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet access
  • Complete pre-event coordination, including assistance with submitting RFPs for area accommodations
  • Room setup diagrams using Meeting MatrixImageCertified Room Layouts
  • Box office usage
  • Dressing rooms
  • Parking
  • Unlimited client coordination meetings
  • Two dressed tables
  • Tables and chairs for room setup (does not include vendor or display tables)
  • An 8' x 16' riser
  • A podium with stationary gooseneck microphone
  • On-site event coordinator and support staff
  • Marquee advertising services
  • LCD panel advertising services
  • Web site advertising services
  • In-house directional signage


The Emerald Coast Convention Center does not impose a service charge on top of AV, personnel or equipment rental fees, saving you up to 25%.