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A Community of Sports Enthusiasts
Unofficially the “World Softball Capital”, Midland continually hosts state, national
and international softball tournaments. In 1999, Midland was the site of the final qualifier for the 2000
Olympics’ USA Women’s Softball Team. In 2004,
the USA Softball Women's National Team visited Midland for
a scrimmage against the Midland Lady Explorers.
Midland was the
only stop in Michigan for the U.S. team that won the gold during the 2004 Summer
Olympics in Greece. In 2008, Midland again hosted the
women's Olympic team in a rousing game against the Lady Explorers.
Mid-Michigan's only minor league baseball team,
the Great Lakes Loons, landed in the community in April 2007. The 5,500-seat
Dow Diamond stadium near downtown Midland
is a great place for games during the warmer months and special events all year
'round. Click here to find out more
about minor league baseball in Midland.
For the skater in you, Midland provides three indoor ice-skating rinks at its
107,000-square-foot Midland Civic Arena, which opened in September 2005. The facility features a
total of three rinks: two NHL-sized and one Olympic-sized.
For the daredevil in you, check out the City's
BMX bike track, located at the Stratford Woods Park.
A highly-praised outdoor in-line skate rink that doubles as an ice skating rink
in the winter also graces the community's landscape. In 1999, Midland
proudly opened Michigan's first
outdoor skatepark, where
skateboarders and in-line skaters of all ages perform the
The Midland Community Tennis Center is recognized as one of the top
25 tennis facilities in the country and is home to the annual Dow Corning
Women’s Tennis Tournament, drawing top professionals from around the world.
As a community of tennis enthusiasts, Midland was named the #1 Tennis Town in
the nation in September 2009 by the U.S. Tennis Association. The prestigious
award was announced during the 2009 US Open in New York.
The Midland Community Center
provides everything from racquetball courts, to a curling center, to a 20,000-square-foot indoor
Two public golf courses - including the municipal
course, Currie Golf
Course; two community pools; and a
Midland Soccer Complex round out a community with outstanding
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