Get Ready for Your Next Sports Event in Greenville, SC

Known for its natural beauty and lush foliage, Greenville provides a plethora of great sports facilities and things to do for your upcoming athletic event.

Sunset at Falls Park on the Reedy and the Liberty Bridge

Sunset at Falls Park on the Reedy and the Liberty Bridge

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The following article appeared in the South Carolina State Sports Guide. Download the full guide below.


It’s common knowledge that sports planners and team coaches have some of the most difficult decisions to make when it comes to organizing an athletic event. Sports planners must bear in mind a budget for sports facilities, restaurants, fun things to do, transportation, hotels and the list goes on. However, Greenville makes arranging these preparations painless and trouble-free.

Greenville in the Upstate region of South Carolina is home to the breathtaking, majestic Reedy River with beautiful gardens, a bridge overlooking the region and an incredible waterfall. Visitors will be sure to revel in the natural beauty and winding trails along the river, as well as several state parks and museums offering insight into the city’s culture and history. You’ll have the chance to relish in the city’s beauty on Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy, or if you’re not too fond of nature, get behind the wheel of the Ultimate Driving Machine® at the BMW Performance Center if that sparks your interest. Additionally, there are several shopping centers, hotels and restaurants to unwind from long days of tournaments together as a team along with their families. Most importantly, there are a slew of sports facilities located throughout the region for your teams to play their hearts out and hopefully win after long hours of hard work. Visit Greenville and you’ll be sure to fall in love with its welcoming atmosphere and rich diversity.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • 2008, 2015, 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods at TD Convention Center/Bon Secours Wellness Arena (March 16-18, 2018)
  • NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Preliminary Round (2017, 2022) (March 17-19, 2017 & March 17-20, 2022) and Women’s Basketball Championship Regional Round (2020) – held at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
  • 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena  (Feb 26-March 5, 2017, March 3-9, 2019, March 4-8, 2020, March 3-7, 2021)
  • 2018 & 2019 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships (April 7-8, 2018, April 11-14, 2019)
  • 2010, 2013, 2017 USA Karate National Championships & US Team Trials

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Volunteer Staff
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lodging Services
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance

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Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

This state-of-the-art multipurpose complex is ideal for sporting events, live entertainment, family shows, concerts and so much more. More commonly known as “The Well,” the complex holds, on average, 120 major events per year, and provides several guest services to ensure maximum comfort. With 19,000 seats throughout the entire facility, there is more than enough space to enjoy a basketball game on one of their championship-ready courts, watch a nail-biting wrestling match or keep your eye on the puck in a hockey game. With 30 luxury suites, restrooms, parking and hotel services nearby, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is the perfect place for your next athletic function.

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, hockey, wrestling, indoor sports

Fluor Field at the West End

Fluor Field at the West End

This 6,700-seat baseball-only stadium is a premier choice for your upcoming baseball game. Fluor Field closely emulates the dimensions of Fenway Park, as the only exception includes the Green Monster, a 30-foot high wall in left field. All other dimensions are equivalent to those of Fenway Park. Fluor Field also has a manual scoreboard, dugout and practice area and, in 2007, the venue underwent renovations funded by the Greenville Drive. Enhancements include a display of Greenville’s own baseball stars to highlight the rich heritage of the city. Recent events that the field hosted include the 2009, 2012 and 2013, 2016 and 2017 Southern Conference Baseball Tournaments. With parking and restrooms available onsite, this deluxe baseball field is an excellent alternative for competitive baseball games and tournaments.

Sports: Basketball

Minor Herndon Mickel Tennis Center

Serving as one of the area’s leading tennis centers, Minor Herndon Mickel Tennis Center incorporates 41,000 square feet, highlighting four indoor courts and a clubhouse with offices for coaches, locker rooms for players, a lounge, lobby, restrooms, scoreboards and viewing areas for spectators. An outside stadium court seats 400 people and 15 outdoor courts. The fan zone is the ultimate area for spectators of all ages to cheer on their players, as well as accessible restrooms and parking. This modern tennis complex also offers camps and programs for players to brush up on their skills, as well as Furman University tennis programs. Bring your next tennis event to Minor Herndon Mickel Tennis Center, and you will not be disappointed.

Sports: Tennis

Pepsi Softball Stadium

The magnificent Pepsi Softball Stadium seats up to 300 spectators and spotlights its brick dugouts, spacious bullpens, laser graded infield, two batting cages, scoreboard and an outfield fence. Recent renovations include in 2013, Furman University added a 2,700-square foot press box facility with concessions, a storage area and restrooms on the lower area. On the second floor, spectators will find offices for coaches, seating for operations staff and media and guest lounges for entertainment. Coated in Bermuda grass, the stadium’s outfield provides a smooth surface for players and promises maximum utility for both practices and games. Don’t miss the chance to host your future softball tournament right here in Greenville.

Sports: Softball

Eugene Stone Soccer Stadium

This modern soccer stadium opened in 1995 during a ceremony for Pele, the great soccer player of Brazil. With seating for up to 3,000 guests, the clean-cut lush grass and spacious field is ideal for players and spectators to get the most out of matches. The venue features a brick and iron fence, an automated scoreboard, press box and lighting. Recent renovations show that in 2015, construction of the Sprinks Field House was completed, which includes locker rooms, public restrooms, a concessions area, storage space and a referees’ room.

Sports: Soccer

Westside Aquatic Complex

Westside Aquatic Complex

This top-tier aquatic center emphasizes its vast space perfect for long meets, with its indoor 50-meter pool, kids’ area, concessions, classes and camps and so much more. Indoor pools are composed of 20 lanes, each 25 yards by 50 meters. A therapy pool also has five heated lanes, each 25 yards. A fitness gym, fun zone, spacious lockers and a paddock evacuator system guarantee safe, clean water to swim in and fun for swimmers of all skill levels. The complex also promises a safe positive place for seniors with a senior action program for older swimmers.

Sports: Swimming, diving, water polo, water sports

Greenville Convention Center

The Greenville Convention Center boasts over 280,000 square-feet of sports entertainment and event space. Sprawled out across the venue, there is room to accommodate groups from 25-25,000 in size with 60,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a 30,000 square-foot ballroom and free on-site parking. Located just minutes from award-winning downtown Greenville, the center incorporates facilities perfect for gymnastics meets and indoor sports and features in-house catering and cutting edge audio/visual technology.

Sports: Gymnastics, indoor sports

Things to do in Greenville

Give your athletes the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the abundance of things to do in Greenville. Off the court or field, there are a plethora of restaurants, entertainment options, shopping districts and so much more to take your mind off stressful games.

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, Greenville offers a number of nature tours and parks to revel in the diverse plant and animal life. Start your trip off the right way with a visit to GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail along the picturesque Reedy River. The scenic trail lies along a historic rail bed featuring 22 miles perfect for walking, jogging and biking with friends. Continue your excursions by the river by traversing the Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy overlooking the gorgeous local waterfall and lush gardens. Your journey does not stop here. Check out Greenville Tours, including engaging culinary and brewery tours, Greenville Segway tours revealing the history and favorite spots of the locals and a number of other hands-on tours. If you’re not a fan of the great outdoors, then worry no more, as the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, ideal for that young fan who just can’t keep still at sports games. The museum welcomes guests of all ages, and children will especially enjoy several interactive galleries, camps and programs. Finally, wrap up your time in Greenville with a tour of the BMW Performance Center, where instructors promise that you can “learn to ride of the edge of physics” and have a mini thrilling driving experience of your own.

Planner Perspective

Let’s make Greenville the basketball capital of the South!

Southeastern Conference: Leslie Claybrook (Assistant Commissioner)

What keeps us coming back is being able to know that we can have confidence that the event is going to go off without a hitch.

B.A.S.S, LLC: Bruce Akin (CEO)

How to Get to Greenville

By Car: Getting to Greenville is simple and worry-free with clear directions. From the north, follow I-26 E and enter South Carolina on US 25 South toward US 276 S. From the south, take I-26 W to I-385 N to Greenville. From the east, use I-85 South to I-385 N to Greenville. Finally, from the west, enter South Carolina on Interstate 85 N. and merge onto I-186 N/US 29N to Greenville.

By Air: Traveling by air to Greenville is quick and easy, and luckily there are two airports nearby that will ensure your safety and comfort when flying. Just 13 miles away, 20 minutes, is the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, which services Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United. Also, Columbia Metropolitan Airport is about one hour and 40 minutes away, and services American Airlines, Delta and United.

Contact Information

Company Name: VisitGreenvilleSC

Sports Sales Manager: Robin Wright

Title: Senior Sales Manager – Sports

Telephone: 864-421-0000

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