They call it Race City, USA. This is appropriate because, let’s face it, Mooresville, North Carolina, just 25 miles north of Charlotte, is America’s car racing capital. The town is home to many NASCAR teams and related businesses, along with an INDYCAR team. In addition to offering two automotive museums—Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum and North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame—Race City is also the home to NASCAR teams JR Motorsports, Richard Petty Motorsports, Team Penske, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Kasey Kahne Racing to name a few.
But it would be unfair to limit Mooresville to just racing. It is, in fact, a well-known focus for tourney planners looking to organize events in North Carolina. The town has taken advantage of its close proximity to Charlotte and warm Southern weather by building and maintaining a number of exceptional sports complexes for a variety of athletic ventures. Baseball and softball players will love their choice in parks: Between Mazeppa, Cornelius Road and North Main, you really can’t go wrong. Golfers will relish a round at newly-renovated Mooresville Golf Course, while tennis players will enjoy Edgemoor Park, a new tennis complex. Finally, those looking to play basketball or volleyball are not left out, as they can flock to Talbert Recreation Center or the new Mooresville High School Gym.
What about when we’re not playing?
So you’ve heard about the on-the-field aspects of Mooresville that are cherished by players, coaches, and event planners alike. But where to go when the dust settles after a long day at the softball field or the buzzer sounds after a hard-fought game on the hardwood? The aforementioned automotive museums are fascinating, especially for racing fans, while other main attractions include Zootastic Park and Lazy 5 Ranch for family-friendly options. For those who want to try their hand at racing (but perhaps want something a little safer than Indycar), the Pit Indoor Kart Racing and GoPro Motorplex can fill the need for speed.
Mooresville is located on beautiful Lake Norman. The Lake Norman State Park offers swimming, camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboard rentals. If climbing is on your list, CliffHangers Rock Climbing and Fitness Gym is a state-of-the-art facility with indoor and outdoor climbing walls.
Let us connect you with Mooresville CVB
Leah Mitcham, CSEE, TMP
- Centrally located in North Carolina and easily accessible
- Convenient to Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Located on beautiful Lake Norman
- Hosting experience from local to regional events
- Social media marketing
- Tournament streaming
Race City USA should be Sports City USA. AAU has partnered with Mooresville on large events like boys’ basketball national championships and smaller events like local baseball tournaments.Based at Walt Disney World and founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union boasts one of the most recognizable and respected names in youth sports. Our national partners include Disney, Gatorade, Nationwide, Eastbay, Spalding and many more. Mooresville provides the facilities and services we need to run great events! They act like they really want you there!!
–Sean Kilmartin, NC AAU District Governor, AAU National Basketball Commissioner, Member, AAU National Board of Directors
We appreciate the relationship we have built with Leah and the Mooresville CVB over the past 4 years. Our lacrosse tournament has grown and it takes a partnership with folks all working in the same direction to make that happen.
–Trent Brown, Carpetbagger Lacrosse
Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse
This do-it-all sports complex boasts a regulation-sized baseball field, three softball fields and six soccer fields—two of which are made up of artificial turf. Beyond the basics, Mazeppa Park offers free Wi-Fi, shelter areas, a paved walking track and a playground. With so many different features, this site has been a favorite among baseball, softball and soccer tournament planners, as well as families looking to enjoy a picnic and joggers who want to enjoy a nice run.
Cornelius Road Park
Sports: Baseball, softball, tennis, disc golf
Cornelius Road Park has a bevy of options for anyone who loves outdoor activity. Its six lighted tennis courts make it a hotspot for tennis players, while the park also has four youth baseball/softball fields. Complete with a one-mile walking track, a state-of-the-art playground and free Wi-Fi, this venue also attracts visitors looking to try the 18-hole disc golf course.
North Main Park
Sports: Softball, baseball
This park is beloved amongst youth baseball and softball players, coaches and tournament planners. The complex boasts three lighted youth softball/baseball field. The park has a batting cage, picnic areas, a paved walking track, a play area and free internet access. North Main is one of Mooresville’s finest options for hosting a youth baseball or softball event.
This new tennis complex offers seven lighted courts including a championship court with bleachers and a hitting wall. Edgemoor also has free Wi-Fi, a state-of-the-art playground and two shelter areas. In other words, tourney planners looking to organize an event in Mooresville should probably come to this venue first.
Talbert Recreation Center
Sports: Basketball, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics
This 26,000-square-foot facility provides patrons a chance to get involved in athletic programs and fitness classes, while it also offers open gym time Monday through Saturday until 6 p.m. In total, the complex offers two regulation basketball courts that can also be used for volleyball and wrestling events. Tournaments in all three sports are frequent at Talbert, where planners enjoy a newly opened venue that has already hosted a variety of regional and local tournaments.
Mooresville High School Gym
Sports: Basketball, gymnastics, wrestling
The new Mooresville High School Gymnasium boasts three full-sized basketball courts, 32’8” ceilings, seating for 200-2200 making it perfect for basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and other indoor sports.
Mooresville Golf Course
Mooresville Golf Course recently reopened after undergoing roughly a year’s worth of renovations, and it has received acclaim from local golfers. The 18-hole course now includes an 18-acre driving range, a new shot game practice area and a large practice putting green. The best feature, though? The brand new, two-story, $4.8-million clubhouse. In addition to clubhouse and parking lot construction and new practice options, the project also focused on redesigning each hole on the golf course.
How do we get there?
Mooresville is located just 25 miles north of Charlotte, making the small town easy to access, as it sits between a bevy of highways and interstates. An airport in Charlotte provides another option for getting to Mooresville.
By Car: Mooresville sits just off of Interstate 77, which runs north-south and grants residents easy access to Charlotte. Other roads include Highways 150, 152 and 115. Interstate 85, located just south of Mooresville, runs through Charlotte and connects to major population centers like Atlanta. Interstate 40 is located just north of Mooresville and runs east to west connecting to Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh.
By Air: The closest major airport to Mooresville is Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Situated 34 miles from the center of Mooresville, this airport offers both international and domestic flights. The next-closest airport offering domestic flights is in Greensboro, roughly 82 miles from Mooresville.