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Fall 2021 Event Planning Guidelines

Sports Groups

Queen’s University offers everything needed to host large-scale sporting events and tournaments right here on campus. Boasting a variety of state-of-the-art athletic facilities, on-site accommodations, dining halls, and meeting and banquet spaces, Queen’s provides the complete package.

Our campus is located in picturesque Kingston, Ontario, just off highway 401 between Toronto and Montreal. Kingston is also easily accessible by train and air.

According to the 2020 Canadian Sport Hosting (CSH) Index;

  • In cities with 150,000 to 500,000 in population, Kingston has been named the top city for hosting national sports championships and international competitions 
  • Kingston was ranked the #7 Sport City in Canada and #3 in Ontario

In past years, Queen’s University has been pleased to welcome the following groups to campus:

  • Ontario Player Development Soccer
  • Football Canada
  • Women’s and Men’s National Rugby
  • CORK International & Sail Canada Youth Championships
  • Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour
  • And many more! 

Tourism Kingston video featuring sport venues


Queen’s Accommodations and Dining

Queen’s Residences are an affordable on-site housing solution for any large sports event during the summer months. Offering both air-conditioned accommodation in the newer buildings (1,200 beds) along with the more traditional non air-conditioned economical rooms (1,000+ beds) these on-site accommodations suit all needs and budgets. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be arranged in advance at our on-campus dining halls. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet is a reasonably priced yet satisfying option for groups and teams of 25 people or more.


Meeting Facilities

Queen’s campus offers a wide variety of venues for conferences, meetings, banquets, and events. Our experienced event coordinators are pleased to offer a full spectrum of professional event management services, making the complete coordination of your event simple and successful.


Sports Venues

The Queen’s Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC), a state-of-the-art facility featuring a gymnasium with seating for 1,900; an additional four gymnasiums with space for multiple courts; fitness centre; indoor 25-meter, 14-lane pool; squash and racquet courts and multi-purpose rooms. Queen’s offers four artificial turf fields including Richardson Stadium, which has capacity for 8,000 people.

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Outdoor Spaces

Green spaces on the Queen’s campus offer ample opportunity for tent events and outdoor activities. With options ranging from picturesque courtyards to professional sporting fields, we can help you find the ideal venue for your event.


“In 2019 Queens University hosted the Ontario Football Alliance & Football Canada for the National Tournaments, U18 Football Canada Cup and U16 Eastern Challenge. During that time, Queens University hosted over 600 athletes, coaches, and support staff with ease.   The on-campus team was amazing with the ability to house everyone comfortably and provide proper nutrition during our stay. The accommodations and meals exceeded our expectations.  The world class facilities at Richardson Stadium and support team provided by Queens University was the icing on the cake for an amazing week in Kingston!” – Tina Turner, Executive Director, Ontario Football Alliance


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