Louisiana is a Sportsman’s Paradise and Southwest Louisiana offers a lot to sports enthusiasts, particularly outdoor sports.
|World-class salt and freshwater fishing are found along the Gulf Coast, and local charter boats offer deep-sea fishing excursions in the Gulf.||Fowl and game hunting of many types are common across the five-parish area.|
|Collegiate athletics are featured at McNeese State University as a member of the NCAA’s Southland Conference, offering a variety of FCS (Division I) male and female varsity sports, including baseball, football, softball, and basketball, among others.||Livestock shows and rodeos also draw some of the largest regional audiences. World-class recreation facilities are another draw for statewide and regional sporting competitions, including swimming, baseball, softball, soccer, and many other sports, for all age groups.|
|Local casino resorts often host marquee sporting events shown around the world, from horse races at Delta Downs, to Olympic boxing qualifying bouts, or tournament gatherings of all kinds.|