State Guides to Planning a Sporting Event

State guides are your resource to finding venues in select states and meeting the host destination team who will help make your future event a success.


Florida Sports Foundation – What’s Inside:

People love sports, either as an athlete or as a fan. But they love the sports experience, too – the fun and excitement surrounding the actual event. So as you plan the logistics of your amateur or professional sporting adventure, you also want to create great memories for your athletes and fans. Florida’s got what you need.

  • Featured Articles: The Sunshine State is a Great Place to Enjoy Outdoor Activities & Florida Sports Foundation Bolsters State’s Sports Industry
  • 13 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Emerald Coast, Kissimmee, Tallahassee and more…
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Florida

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South Carolina Sports Alliance – What’s Inside:

If you’re searching for a place to hold a professional, amateur or collegiate sporting event, look no further. The members of the South Carolina Sports Alliance (SCSA) are committed to helping you create an atmosphere where your sporting event can achieve the utmost success.

  • Featured Articles: Formula for SuccessVenues and Partnerships; Eat Heartily, Happily in South Carolina
  • 9 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Myrtle Beach, Aiken and Spartanburg
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in South Carolina

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Virginia Sports – What’s Inside:

From touchdowns to finish lines, those seeking a rush of adrenaline and the thrill of competition can find the perfect place to compete in Virginia. With diverse terrain from mountains to beaches, and all the valleys in between, Virginia is home to state-of-the-art venues for all types of sporting events.

  • Featured Articles: After Trophies are Won, Virginia is About Family Fun; Three Reasons to Bring Your Event to Virginia
  • 6 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Stafford County, Norfolk, Hampton and More…
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Virginia

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Texas – What’s Inside:

Texas is the second biggest state in the union by population (behind only California) and also boasts more land area than any state besides Alaska. From big-time events to refreshing water parks, Texas has something for everyone.

  • Featured Articles: Come for the Games, Stay for the Thrills & It Pays to Play in Texas
  • 9 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Plano, Lubbock, Fort Worth and more…
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Texas

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Sports Illinois – What’s Inside:

With more than 1,200 sporting venues and state-of-the-art facilities, Illinois hosts everything from PGA tournaments and Olympic trials to college and high school sporting tournaments. Sporting events are an important part of the tourism industry in our state, and we continue to strive to be top of mind for sports associations and organizations planning their next event.

  • Featured Articles: Illinois Has Plenty to Satisfy Sports Fans & River Towns Offer Big Family Fun
  • 9 Site InSpections on Popular Destinations Such As: Rockford, Bloomington-Normal and Effingham
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Illinois

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North Carolina – SportsNC – What’s Inside:

North Carolina’s arsenal of sports venues is as impressive as the state’s wide-ranging and geographically diverse footprint. Sports events rights holders choose North Carolina year after year due to our unbeatable venues, hospitality, temperate climate and central location on the East Coast.

  • Featured Articles: There’s No Need to Go Far Away to Get Away & North Carolina is No Stranger to Big-Time Championships
  • 8 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Greenville, Fayetteville and Gaston County
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in North Carolina

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Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office – What’s Inside:

Massachusetts is a truly unique and special host site for sporting events. From out world class and historic venues like the TD Garden, Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park, to our countless collegiate venues and multi-field complexes, Massachusetts has a venue for any event.

  • Featured Articles: Traditions of Tomorrow & Massachusetts is a Sports Haven
  • Site InSpections on Popular Destinations: Marlborough & Metrowest
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Massachusetts

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Sports Indiana – What’s Inside:

With venues that span the spectrum, from historic to state-of-the-art, Indiana communities are experts at hosting events. They possess that one invaluable resource—dedicated volunteers who cater to the needs of every participant and fan.

  • Featured Articles: Unique Sports Shine in Indiana
  • 6 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Fort Wayne, Grand Park and Terre Haute
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Indiana

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Maryland Sports – What’s Inside:

With venues for virtually every sport, Maryland draws teams from across the country and internationally for high-profile competition. Maryland Sports—the Sports Commission of Maryland—has the connections and partners in TEAM Maryland that can cater to you and your athletes’ needs.

  • Meet Team Maryland
  • Sports Venue Tour of Maryland
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Maryland

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Georgia Sports – What’s Inside:

Between its collection of cities and towns, Georgia has hosted Super Bowls, World Series and even the Summer Olympics, giving the Peach State a formidable sports history that puts it well above other potential destinations. With more than 19 major sports cities and 1,850 hotels to choose from, Georgia makes picking a host city an enjoyable experience that will leave you anxiously awaiting your upcoming event.

  • Featured Articles: 7 Sports for Life in Georgia and Atlanta’s Perfect 10
  • 16 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Savannah, Alpharetta and Lake Lanier
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Georgia

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Pure Michigan Sports – What’s Inside:

World-famous Great Lakes, outdoor recreation for all seasons, big cities and quaint small towns all add to the Pure Michigan experience. Along with our top-notch venues, vibrant cities and stunning natural beauty, Michigan offers experienced professionals and event planners to help make all your events a success.

  • Featured Articles: Hospitality Captivates Visitors and A State for All Seasons
  • 9 Site InSpections on Popular Destination Such As: Grand Rapids Area, Ann Arbor and Greater Lansing
  • How to Get Started Planning Your Sporting Event in Michigan

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