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

Planning a sports tournament is a big deal. That’s why it is essential you find a venue with experience in organizing and hosting competitions. Winston-Salem has consistently been the go-to place for tournament planners because the city provides state-of-the-art facilities that are fit for any sport. With on-site staff and impressive amenities, these venues are sure to maximize your team’s performance. Winston-Salem is also home to Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University, so young athletes will enjoy touring the college grounds.

Outside of the sports world, this central North Carolina town is referred to as a “City of the Arts and Innovation” due to its intense focus on performing arts and medical and nanotechnology research. Visitors will be exposed to a slew of accommodations and family-friendly attractions, not to mention more than 100 local restaurants in downtown alone.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • NCAA DI Field Hockey National Championships (November 2019)
  • USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships (March 2019)
  • USA Gymnastics Region 8 Congress (June 2018)
  • NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field National Championships (March 2020)
  • Winston-Salem Cycling Classic-Downtown Winston-Salem (May 2019)


CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

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

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BB&T Sports Park

BB&T Sports Park

Located along the scenic Yadkin River and only 15 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, BB&T Sports Park boasts 10 full-size Bermuda fields and four lighted turf fields totaling 90 acres. Off the field, players may retreat to the field house, train in the athletic room or review practice performance from the park’s film tower video tapes. Everyone will have room to watch the game from a 1,400-seat stadium featuring plenty of other elevated seating arrangements. Picnic tables, concessions and restrooms are conveniently stationed nearby, with free Wi-Fi throughout the facility.

Sports: Lacrosse, soccer, running, Ultimate

JDL Fast Track Indoor Track Facility

JDL Fast Track Indoor Track Facility

JDL Fast Indoor Track Facility is set for a busy season as the hosts of the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in March 2019. But this premium 105,000-square-foot facility is no stranger to prestige. Sporting a 200-meter oval track made of Mondotrack FTX surfaces, this complex has held three national championships in the past four years. Teams will also have access to a 100-meter training track and fitness room. Luxurious suites await game day officials and coaches.

Sports: Crossfit, track

Benton Convention Center

Benton Convention Center

Since undergoing a major $20 million renovation, the Benton Convention Center has enhanced its reputation as one of Winston-Salem’s prime sports venues. Most recently, the convention center hosted the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Congress tournament in June 2018. The Benton covers 105,000 square-feet of space and includes flexible pre-function space, as well as exhibit halls and ballrooms for martial arts, fencing and cheer/dance competitions. In addition, the facility is conveniently joined with the Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem and Embassy Suites Hotel Winston-Salem.

Sports: Cheer/dance, fencing, martial arts

Wake Forest Tennis Complex

Wake Forest Tennis Complex

This complex opened in the summer of 2011 and is one of the finest facilities in college tennis. The home of the Wake Forest men’s and women’s tennis teams along with the ATP’s Winston-Salem Open, this state-of-the-art venue features 13 Deco-Turf II courts, the same court that is used at the U.S. Open. The six courts used for varsity matches are divided into two banks of three that are arranged in a V-shape, allowing for ideal spectator viewing. The outdoor facility is conveniently located next to the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center, which houses eight indoor courts.

Sports: Tennis

BB&T Ballpark

BB&T Ballpark

Opened in 2010, BB&T Ballpark is host to the Winston-Salem Dash, a Class-A advanced minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. This downtown ballpark features 5,500 stadium-style seats, 16 luxury suites on the Club Level, three concession stands, state-of-the-art LED scoreboard with video and animation capabilities, and a 200-foot LED outfield wall scoreboard with video and animation capabilities. It also has one of the best skyline views in the city.

Sports: Baseball

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds are open for rental to the public and have provided years of entertainment. Each year, the fairgrounds see more than 500,000 patrons walk through its gates and its facilities have hosted such entertainers over the years as Bob Dylan, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, the Moscow Festival Ballet, President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. The great Dixie Classic Fair will enter its 136th year in 2018, offering a family tradition that Winston-Salem and all of Northwest North Carolina enjoy. The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex is a 4,000 seat multi-purpose arena located at the fairgrounds that was built in 1989. It is home to the Winston Wildcats, an indoor independent football team and the Carolina Thunderbirds, a minor league hockey team in the Federal Hockey League. It is a multifaceted arena that hosts both sports and concerts.

Sports: Football, hockey, wrestling, martial arts, gymnastics

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

This 14,407-seat multi-purpose arena opened in 1989 and is home to the Wake Forest University men’s and women’s basketball teams. It also hosts other basketball events, including the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic basketball tournament, an annual event for high school basketball teams. It has hosted several memorable games, including a game in 1997 in which North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith earned victory number 877, surpassing Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp as the winningest coach in men’s college basketball history. The arena has also played host to the Harlem Globetrotters and World Championship Wrestling matches along with concerts, the quarterfinals of the 2007 Davis Cup, racing, bull riding, conventions and the circus.

Sports: Basketball, wrestling, tennis, racing, bull riding

Things to do in Winston-Salem

Upon arriving in Winston-Salem, you’ll immediately be drawn to a variety of attractions and hotels that total more than 5,000 rooms. Set your belongings down and take a stroll through the Old Salem Museums & Gardens to view more than 100 restored buildings and learn about the city’s founders. Another great educational option is the Kaleidium Downtown (formerly known as the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem). Here, young athletes can participate in hands-on activities, explore kid-sized forests and learn the value of teamwork.

Breathtaking Tanglewood Park, which houses natural beauty and signature golf courses, is especially known for hosting the Festival of Lights, with more than a million lights, is the largest holiday lighting display in the Southeast. Nature buffs will also love exploring the North Carolina Zoo. Just under an hour away from Winston-Salem, this state-owned attraction is the world’s largest-walking zoo and features animals such as chimpanzees, elephants, flamingos, black bears and lions. Finish the day with a tasty tour of the Mrs. Hanes Hand-Made Moravian Cookies. Observe how these delicious flavored crisps are made and try a few at every baking station.

Planner Perspective

BB&T Sports Park has provided U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy with a facility that aligns with our goal to improve world class player development. We look forward to once again providing our players, coaches, referees with the opportunity to perform in a premier environment.

U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director: Jared Micklos

It is a tribute to Winston-Salem that the NCAA Championships were so successful. Your team provided outstanding leadership and did a great job.

Championships and Alliances, National Collegiate Athletic Association: John Kuzio

How to Get to Winston-Salem

By Car: Visitors traveling to Winston-Salem can take a one-hour drive from Charlotte or a two-hour drive from Raleigh, the state’s capital.

By Air: Those farther away may fly in from the Piedmont Triad International Airport, directly east of the city. The airport is serviced by Allegiant, American Airlines/American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and United. With 57 non-stop flights from various destinations, this airport will get you where you need to be without any hesitation.

Contact Information

Bonny BernatCompany Name: Visit Winston-Salem

Sports Sales Manager: Bonny Bernat, CSEE

Title: Senior Sports & Events Sales Manager

Telephone: 336-728-4215