When it comes to sports, Erie has so much to cheer for! Erie County is home to three minor-pro sports teams, four universities with teams represented in the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and a thriving sports tourism scene.
The Erie Otters are a member of the prestigious 20-team Ontario Hockey League (OHL), playing October through April at the Erie Insurance Arena in Downtown Erie. The OHL is a member league of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), known as the world’s premiere player development league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Current Otters alumni include two-time scoring champion and 2017 NHL MVP Connor McDavid, 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup Champions Anthony Cirelli and Erik Cernak, 2019 Stanley Cup Champion and Playoff MVP Ryan O’Reilly and Chicago Blackhawks stars Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome.
The Erie SeaWolves are the AA Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, playing April through September at UPMC Park in Downtown Erie. The newly renovated ballpark features a new main entrance, party deck, picnic garden, club level suites and a kids fun zone. The SeaWolves event staff provides onsite catering and event services for planning corporate functions and private parties. Over the course of their many seasons in Erie, the boys of summer have entertained more than five million people. Some of the Major League Baseball stars who have come up through the SeaWolves organization include Justin Verlander, Curtis Granderson, Eugenio Suarez, Nick Castellanos, and Andrew Miller.
Erie Commodores FC is the highest level soccer club in Erie. The Commodores men's team compete in the National Premier Soccer League, a nationwide amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The Commodores women's team compete in the United Women's Soccer League. Both the mens’ and womens’ home games are played at the Erie Sports Center.
Located in nearby North East, Lake Erie Speedway is considered one of Pennsylvania's premier outdoor entertainment centers. Its wide range of entertainment events includes Crash-A-Rama, monster truck shows, drifting and auto shows, live racing, 5k runs and more. The speedway’s season runs May through September. Pictured.
Erie's home for sports and family fun includes a sports park, fun park and sport fields. The Erie Sports Center is home field for the Erie Commodores National premier soccer league and the Scallywags Rugby Club. They also host numerous sporting events including soccer and lacrosse tournaments, baseball and softball training clinics, flag football competitions as well as private parties and corporate events. Fun Park photo courtesy of @eriesportscenter via Instagram
The Erie Sports Commission, a division of VisitErie, is a sports tourism agency offering comprehensive support services for event directors hosting sporting events in Erie. Services provided include bid development, grant funding, facility procurement, marketing and promotions, and more.
The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.
Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”
Enjoy Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! They also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. The Port Farms Christmas season is November 25th - December 23rd and there is no admission fee. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Visit www.portfarms.com for more info!
Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.
The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.
Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com
Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.
Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.
The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.
UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.
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