Get More Out of Your Tournament in Mooresville

In Mooresville, North Carolina, sports planners find more facilities, more sports, more fun and more hospitality—making the most out of any event.

In Mooresville, North Carolina, sports planners find more facilities, more sports, more fun and more hospitality—making the most out of any event.

Welcome to Mooresville

In that great scavenger hunt to turn up the perfect tournament spot, seldom do gems like Mooresville come along. The town is a short trip out of Charlotte, North Carolina, resting on the shores of Lake Norman and waiting eagerly for people to visit and take advantage of its stellar sports facilities and attractions. Mooresville ensures every visiting team a stay that caters to their own unique needs. The town encourages all visitors to “go your own speed,” and makes sure there are enough entertainment options and attractions for any team to do just that.

See why Mooresville calls itself Race City USA, with its NASCAR race shops, museums and attractions. Enjoy outdoor recreation with hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and paddle boarding on picturesque Lake Norman. All this is only the beginning when you choose Mooresville.

Fun off the Field

Mooresville offers more than enough ways to keep your athletes happy and entertained after the games. Whether you’re looking for fast-paced adventures, slow-paced leisure or anything in between, you’ll find a tidy niche of entertainment ready for you.

As the Race City USA moniker suggests, Mooresville is immensely proud of its connection to the racing industry, with Charlotte’s Motor Speedway only 20 miles from town and plenty of local attractions devoted to this pastime. Just a few of the fun race-themed things to do in Mooresville include the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Memory Lane Museum, GoPro Motoplex and Pit Indoor Kart Racing.

For those eager to enjoy nature, there are plenty of companies and services that allow visitors to have fun on Lake Norman with guided fishing tours, boat and jet ski rentals, paddle boarding and wakeboarding.

Lazy 5 Ranch and Zootastic Park offer the chance for animal lovers to get up close and personal with wild animals via educational tours and close encounters.

X Factors

  • Social media marketing for events can be coordinated
  • Press/media coverage can be coordinated
  • Site Visits available
  • MCVB is your liaison for hotels and for facility procurement
  • Goodie bags can be coordinated

Planner Perspective

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was founded in 1888. As the nations most established and recognized organizer of youth sports, we pride ourselves on providing quality experiences for our athletes. An important part of this process is finding communities with the desire and ability to host our events.

Over the recent years, we have been fortunate to work with Mooresville CVB and specifically Leah Mitcham. With her guidance, we have established a very large presence in our travel baseball program, multi-sport events and recently travel basketball. Ms. Mitcham helped us bring a prestigious, week-long National Championship to Mooresville. The relationship has grown with such confidence that we are committing several weekends of travel basketball to Mooresville in the spring of 2016.

–  Sean Kilmartin, NC AAU District Governor & National AAU Board of Directors Member

What Types of Facilities does Mooresville Offer?

Lake Norman Tennis Center

Sports: Tennis

The new, state-of-the-art Lake Norman Tennis Center is located on 10 acres with easy access from Interstate 77. The facility features 11 outdoor courts including three hard courts, six Har-Tru sub-irrigated clay courts and two pickleball courts. LNTC also boasts five indoor heated and ventilated Plexi-Cushion hard courts. There is high-quality lighting both indoors and outdoors. The clubhouse includes an agility gym, locker rooms with showers, indoor and outdoor elevated viewing, classrooms, event space and a pro shop. The first major event was the USTA NC Adult 18+ State Championships in June 2015

Mazeppa Road Park

Sports: Soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball

As the hosts of Lake Norman Soccer Club, it’s no surprise that this park features six full-size soccer fields, two turf fields and four grass fields. Mazeppa Road Park also boasts lights, concessions, restrooms and 374 parking spaces. In addition, it has one regulation baseball field (with a 60-foot, 6-inch dirt pitching mound and 90-foot bases) and three softball/baseball fields that have 300-foot fences and temporary fences adaptable to 200 feet and 250 feet, with 50-60-foot, 60-70-foot bases. Take all these features and add a playground area, walking track and free Wi-Fi, and you’ll find everyone feels welcome at Mazeppa.

Talbert Recreation Center

Sports: Basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, martial arts

Located close to major conveniences, this modern, 26,000-square-foot athletic facility has two full-size basketball courts and ideal space for other indoor sports tournaments such as wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball and martial arts. Talbert has played host to quite a few major events since its opening in 2012, including the NC AAU Basketball 4th Grade Boys Division II National Championships, Powerade State Games wrestling and gymnastics championships, NC USA Wrestling State Championships, and the NC State Girls Gymnastics Bronze/Silver Meet.

Lake Norman

Sports: Water sports

Earning its nickname “The Inland Sea,” the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas boasts 520 miles of shoreline and over 32,500 acres of surface area. Lake Norman plays host to a wealth of water sports events including annual FLW & Oakley Bass fishing tournaments, triathlons, wakeboard competitions, regattas and paddleboard events.

Cornelius Road Park

Sports: Baseball, tennis, disc golf

Cornelius Road Park, located just north of Talbert Recreation Center, boasts two youth baseball fields with 250-foot fencing and 50-60-foot bases, six tennis courts, an 18-hole championship disc golf course designed by Innova, the renowned disc golf equipment and tech-development company. The multi-sport park is also equipped with lights, concessions and restrooms.

Presbyterian Road Park

Sports: Baseball, softball

Located, as the name suggests, right off of Presbyterian Road, this park is an ideal spot for those planning any outing or tournament involving baseball and softball. At Presbyterian Road Park, visitors can pick from three baseball/softball fields. Two of the fields have 200-foot fencing and 50-60-foot bases. One field has a 300-foot fence and 60-70-foot, 70-80-foot and 90-foot bases. Each field has a portable mound. Lights, concessions and restrooms are also featured at Presbyterian Road Park.

Cliff Hangers

Sports: Climbing

Opening in December, 2015, Lake Norman’s first dedicated climbing facility will feature more than 20,000 square feet of climbing terrain surfaces for all skill levels including indoor and outdoor climbing surfaces, 50-foot climbing walls, 3,500 square feet of top-out bouldering, rope and lead climbing, rappelling, indoor 15-meter speed wall and designated children’s climbing section. Other amenities include a yoga studio, café and bar, fireplace and lounge area, meeting rooms and more for climbers to enjoy during their down time. Cliff Hangers plans to host climbing leagues, competitive events, team building exercises and other community events.

SwimMAC Aquatic Center

Sports: Swimming

SwimMAC is building a new 51,000-square-foot primary facility at Mooresville’s LangTree Lake Norman. Plans for the Olympic-quality aquatic center call for two 50-meter, Olympic-sized pools and about 1,500 spectator seats. Along with its community swimming programs, Charlotte-based nonprofit organization SwimMAC trains about 20 Olympic-caliber professional swimmers in its Team Elite program and aims to inspire and develop a love for swimming in people of all skill levels. The center is planned to open in late 2016.

How to Find Mooresville

Mooresville is located in the Western Piedmont region of North Carolina and is extremely accessible from several major interstates. The town is located 20 miles north of Charlotte and 45 miles southwest of Winston Salem on the shores of Lake Norman. Situated between I-85 and I-40, Mooresville is immediately accessible from I-77 via several exits.

By Car: Mooresville occupies exits 31, 33, 35, and 36 along I-77, and is located midway between I-40 and I-85.

By Air: Charlotte Douglas International Airport is located 30 miles from Mooresville; the Concord Regional Airport located less than 20 miles away.

Get More Out of Your Tournament in Mooresville
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Get More Out of Your Tournament in Mooresville
In Mooresville, North Carolina, sports planners find more facilities, more sports, more fun and more hospitality—making the most out of any event.
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