SPG’s State Guide to Sports in North Carolina

As you flip through the following pages, you will be introduced to several members of the North Carolina Sports Association (NCSA) and SportsNC partners. From this abbreviated glance, you can see that North Carolina should be your first consideration when selecting a destination for your event. But, if you need more convincing, then let me tell you more about our state.

Our pristine coastline offers miles of beautiful beaches and historic fishing villages. Wild horses graze on seagrass-covered dunes and children chase kites on the constant sea breezes. The Coastal Plains spread west where you’ll find the patriot heart of North Carolina. Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg are home to thousands of military personnel and the USS North Carolina, a WWII era battleship, made its final resting place on the Cape Fear River for Wilmington visitors to explore. The Triangle of North Carolina is anchored by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. If those cities resonate with you, then you also know that this is an educational hotbed with Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University all within the Triangle’s borders. Did I forget to mention, the college basketball isn’t bad either!

Traveling further west on I-40 and deeper into the Triad (not to be confused with the Triangle), home décor fanatics will be thrilled when they visit High Point, host of the bi-annual High Point Furniture Market. Greensboro, affectionately known as “Tournament Town,” will now sport the largest aquatic center in the country and neighboring Winston-Salem offers you a hip and historic experience with a splash of southern charm.

Heading south on I-85, Cabarrus County rumbles to life as the state’s center for motorsports. Dirt, drag, roval…it’s all here! While motorsports might be king in this region, the stars shine bright in the Queen City of Charlotte as both the NBA Charlotte Hornets and NFL Carolina Panthers play before their dedicated fans.

As we journey to the western borders of our state, you’ll intersect with the Blue Ridge Parkway. While traveling the Parkway and experiencing our beautiful mountains, you’ll learn that it’s not just about winding roads and waterfalls. It’s honey farms and historic estates, bluegrass and breweries, lush meadows and lively downtowns.

Rest assured, our communities will offer you everything you need to put on a world-class event, but more importantly, they also offer your participants, their fans and families, a memorable experience!

For additional information on the wide variety of sports-friendly communities and award-wining venues in North Carolina, please contact info@sportsnc.com or visit sportsnc.com.

Yours in Sport,

Bonny Bernat
NCSA Chair
SportsNC.com

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2018 Edition

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SportsNC is North Carolina’s statewide sports development effort dedicated to maintaining and strengthening our rich sports legacy. In partnership with Visit NC, this ongoing effort is championed by the North Carolina Sports Association (NCSA), a statewide collaboration of Sports Commissions, CVB’s, Park and Recreation entities and Sports Authorities from across North Carolina, who share a direct interest in supporting sports events. The NCSA exists to help you explore North Carolina to find the perfect community to host your next successful sports event!

North Carolina’s arsenal of sports venues is as impressive as the state’s wide-ranging and geographically diverse footprint. From the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to some of the highest mountains on the East Coast, it’s a footprint of unrivaled sports terrain whether you are a participant or spectator. 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.

Whether you are looking to bring a new event to North Carolina or already have an event in the state, SportsNC’s partners are ready and willing to provide unparalleled service to ensure the success of your event. From amateur events to international championships, North Carolina can provide the perfect location for any sports event. The state is home to world-class venues, world champion professional sports, superior amateur sports and the best collegiate sports in America.

2017 Edition

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Great events start with a great place and there is a reason why North Carolina is the state to play! North Carolina’s arsenal of sports venues is as impressive as the state’s wide-ranging and geographically diverse footprint. From the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to some of the highest mountains on the East Coast, it’s a footprint of unrivaled sports terrain whether you are a participant or spectator. 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.

Whether you are looking to bring a new event to North Carolina or already have an event in the state, SportsNC’s partners are ready and willing to partner in the success of your event.  North Carolina has always embraced an array of diverse sporting events dating to the 1987 Olympic Festival to this year’s US Paralympic Trials and will continue to welcome any and all sporting events.

SportsNC and its 34 partners are your ultimate planning resource. We are also very excited to announce the hiring of Chrystal Rowe.  This is the Association’s first ever hire and we think it will be the best investment yet. Chrystal will serve as Program Coordinator and is poised to take us to the next level in working with rights-holders and our members.