Lubbock Memorial Civic Center – Things To Do With Your Team

The Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, located in the City of Lubbock, Texas, is a multipurpose convention center that hosts a variety of events. If one of the events taking place at the civic center is your team’s next sporting event, be prepared for an enjoyable team travel experience. From your time spent in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to the time you spend exploring the surrounding area, you and your team are sure to enjoy every moment of your trip.

It only makes sense that a facility as accommodating as the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center would be located in what’s known as Texas’ “Hub City.” The Lubbock Memorial Civic Center features a 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall that doubles as a 3,000-seat indoor arena; a 14,000-square-foot banquet hall; a 1,400-seat theater. In addition to these impressive facilities, it also boasts a 28,000-square-foot pedestrian mall; an outdoor plaza; 12 meeting rooms; a lakeside amphitheater; and much more. Best of all, you and your team will be at the hub of Hub City while at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The civic center is located within walking distance of downtown Lubbock, which is where many of the city’s most popular attractions and eateries are located. This makes it easy to enjoy the best that Lubbock has to offer no matter how busy your team’s schedule might be.


Things to Do

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - Travel - Hotels4TeamsPrairie Dog Town

If you’ve got any animal lovers on your team, a visit to Prairie Dog Town is a must. One of Lubbock’s most iconic attractions, Prairie Dog Town is a protected prairie dog colony that began in the early 1930s with just four prairie dogs and two burrows. Since then, Prairie Dog Town has continued to be one of Lubbock’s most popular tourist destinations.

To keep up with this enduring demand from locals and tourists alike, Prairie Dog Town underwent a major renovation project in 2004. These renovation efforts enhanced Prairie Dog Town with updated features like a pavilion and viewing area, interpretive signage, sidewalks, a new parking area, perimeter fencing, and handicap accessibility. A visit to Prairie Dog Town is easy to fit into even the busiest of itineraries since it’s open from dawn to dusk year-round. Also, since there’s no admission fee for Prairie Dog Town, it’s an attraction that’s easy on your team’s travel budget as well. 4th St and I-27, Lubbock, TX 79408


Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park has been entertaining kids of all ages since 1948, which is a good indication that it’s the place to go if you’re looking to have fun in Lubbock. There’s something for everyone in your group at this family-friendly amusement park. If you’ve got any thrill-seekers on your team, they’ll love riding on exciting attractions like Dare Devil Drop, a drop tower ride that provides guests with a breathtaking experience as they accelerate towards the ground from a height of 140 feet.

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - Travel - Hotels4TeamsSome of the other thrilling rides that can be found at Joyland Amusement Park include Galaxi Coaster, an Italian-made roller coaster that looks tame from afar but surprises riders with its exhilarating speed, and Roll-O-Plane, a 40-foot-tall wild ride that rolls back and forth as it constantly rotates. Joyland Amusement Park also features plenty of fun water rides, which makes sense since the weather in Texas ranges from hot to hotter. For groups with younger children there’s also a variety of kid and family-friendly rides to enjoy. 500 Canyon Lake Dr, Lubbock, TX 79408


Mackenzie Park

Mackenzie Park is a sprawling, 542-acre park located just over a mile away from the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. It’s so sprawling in fact that it’s where both Prairie Dog Town and Joyland Amusement Park are located. In addition to these two fantastic attractions, Mackenzie Park boasts a variety of other features and amenities. These include a disc golf course, baseball and softball fields, a sculpture garden, the Meadowbrook Golf Course, and more. The park also features plenty of picnic areas as well as a seasonal concession stand, making it a great place to go and enjoy a snack with your group amidst beautiful scenery. 301 I-27, Lubbock, TX 79403


West Texas Walk of Fame

If you and your team are short on time but would still like to make a quick stop at a unique attraction that can only be found in Lubbock, check out the West Texas Walk of Fame. The West Texas Walk of Fame honors significant members of the music and arts industry who hail from Lubbock or the surrounding region. It features a series of plaques that represent a specific individual or group who have been inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame. These plaques are mounted on a wall that surrounds a life-size memorial statue of Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly.

A photo of your team at the West Texas Walk of Fame makes for a great souvenir to remember your trip by.  Also, if you’re visiting Lubbock during the summertime, there’s a good chance that the West Texas Walk of Fame will be hosting one of the many free events that often take place there over the summer. 19th St and Crickets Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401


Buddy Holly Center

If you’ve got a few hours of free time and are looking to learn more about Buddy Holly, the iconic musician born and raised in Lubbock, take your team to the Buddy Holly Center. Located just west of the West Texas Walk of Fame, the Buddy Holly Center is a historical site that serves a variety of purposes. Among these purposes includes preserving, collecting, and promoting the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of Lubbock and West Texas, as well as providing exhibits on contemporary visual arts and music, for the purpose of educating and entertaining the public. The Buddy Holly Center hosts a wide variety of exhibitions and programs for guests of all ages.

Some of the most unique features of the Buddy Holly Center are rare artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son, such as a Fender Stratocaster that Buddy Holly played during his final concert and the glasses that he was wearing at the time of his death; the restored and relocated home of Buddy Holly’s drummer Jerry Allison, where the two wrote many of their songs; and an oversized sculpture of Buddy Holly’s distinctive horn-rimmed glasses located next to the building’s main entrance. 1801 Crickets Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401


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Places to Eat

Pancake House

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - Travel - Hotels4TeamsFor over 40 years, the Pancake House has been a Lubbock institution, known far and wide for serving up some of the city’s finest diner fare. Their menu features everything from hearty breakfast options like pancakes, waffles, and omelets, in addition to steaks, salads, sandwiches, and more. Although the portions at the Pancake House are Texas-sized, the prices are not. That makes this quaint Lubbock eatery a great place to go if you need to feed a whole team for not a whole lot of money! 510 Ave Q, Lubbock, TX 79401


One Guy from Italy

From pizza, to pasta, to chicken parmesan, everyone loves Italian food. The place to go for great Italian food in Lubbock is One Guy from Italy. One Guy from Italy is a family-owned and operated business with two locations in Lubbock, one of which is just 14 minutes from the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Their menu features many popular dishes like pasta with pesto sauce and eggplant parmesan, but their specialties at One Guy from Italy are their phenomenal pizzas and calzones. 1011 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401


Taqueria Jalisco

Texas is known for having some of the best Mexican restaurants this side of the border, so definitely make a point to visit one during your stay in Lubbock. One of the city’s most popular Mexican restaurants is Taqueria Jalisco, a local joint specializing in popular Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos, and burritos, as well as more traditional offerings like chile relleno and tripe soup. Taqueria Jalisco is also worth visiting if you and your team are looking for a satisfying way to start your day, since their menu even features breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros and huevos con chorizo. 2211 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79411


Torchy’s Tacos

If just one Mexican restaurant isn’t enough to get your fix, you and your team should also pay a visit to Torchy’s Tacos while in Lubbock. The tacos on their menu are anything but average. They’re filled with eclectic ingredients like grilled jalapeno sausage, battered and fried Portobello mushroom strips, and Jamaican jerk chicken. Also on the menu at Torchy’s Tacos are fajitas, burritos, salads, and more, along with sides like guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, and their signature Hillbilly Queso. 2407 9th St, Lubbock, TX 79401


Young or old, Lubbock has something for everyone. That’s what makes the City of Lubbock and the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center such standout team travel destinations. What this quaint city may lack in name recognition when compared to larger, more popular Texas cities like Austin, Houston, and Dallas, it makes up with its sheer uniqueness. Nowhere else can you learn all about Buddy Holly, visit a real life prairie dog colony, and ride on some of Texas’ most thrilling amusement park rides all within just a one-mile radius.