"Senior Softball welcomes the opportunity to work with the Greater Raleigh CVB and the staff at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. We run tournaments throughout the United States and enjoy partnering with the Greater Raleigh team because we know everything will run smoothly and we will be able to experience the Southern hospitality at its best." -FRAN DOWELL, Executive Director, Senior Softball-USA (Senior Softball-USA Eastern Nationals)
"MAPL Raleigh would not have been such a success without the support of the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau. We are extremely grateful for your help in welcoming our guests to Raleigh, securing hotels for their stay and making sure they had an enjoyable experience." -CASEY CARAM, Executive Director, Triangle Volleyball Club
"First I want to thank you and your entire staff for yet another stellar championship. It has truly evolved into a championship event and not just another tournament. There is no doubt this is due to your organization’s commitment to the NCAA and the championship. For the past five years I have continued to be amazed at how efficient, organized and hospitable you have all been. It is quite obvious this is an important event for the entire area and the growing support from the local communities is solid evidence. I have heard only positive comments which in today’s society is rare. You should be very proud of the event and most importantly your people involved." -JIM GIVENS, Executive Director, Chairman of the Division II Baseball Committee, on the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship
"All done in Raleigh - great hospitality from the folks here, and big thanks to all the players and coaches who were great with our crew." -RACHEL NICHOLS, CBS/TBS sideline reporter, following 2014 NCAA Basketball 2nd & 3rd Rounds in Raleigh
"I have to say, without a doubt, that Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh met all of my expectations for a big race: a beautiful course, amazing fan support, a great expo, great post-race activities…The crowd support was amazing….I thoroughly enjoyed the expo, the race and the post-party and believe most in Raleigh felt the same. My non-runner friends who met us at the amphitheater thought it was amazing, too" -JOE NUSS, Managing Editor, Endurance Magazine
"It was a great collaborative effort between a lot of different people. This thing happened because of the spirit ... the cooperation of the police, the civic authorities, the great convention center they have. I've been going to All-Star Games since 1990, and this was the best All-Star Weekend I've ever attended. And a big reason why, not just the players on both teams, not just because of the NHL and their great ideas, the people of North Carolina, the city of Raleigh, and the great corporate communication they had all over."
-PIERRE MCGUIRE, The Sports Network (TSN), on 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend
"I thought Raleigh put on a terrific show this weekend. I was frankly shocked at what a buzz there was around the community."
-SCOTT BURNSIDE, espn.com, on 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend
"I could not have asked for a better first experience doing an Ironman 70.3 It was an awesome city to race in with incredible volunteers and wonderful spectators. I've done many running races before, but the spectators yesterday were like nothing I've seen. Thanks for a very memorable first half (Ironman)!" -OLIVIA VITALE, IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh finisher from Missouri
"I recently visited the beautiful city of Raleigh for a wonderful girls basketball tournament at the Raleigh Convention Center. The city is so clean and the roadways well-maintained. We had a wonderful stay at our hotel and visited many of your fine local colleges. But the reason I am writing is about the people. I have never been to such a friendly city! Everywhere we went, the people said hello, asked how we were and really meant it! People we encountered were happy, relaxed and so helpful. It has changed my outlook on life and how I deal with people. I live in the Boston area where people keep to themselves and don't usually even say hello to someone passed on the street. Visiting Raleigh has changed me. I am a nicer person, and I am finding it so rewarding to reach out to people I come across in my daily life. I learned this from the people of Raleigh. Thank you! I hope to visit again soon!" -ROSEMARY GOODROW, Needham, Mass.
"The USA Baseball-Irish Classic ... this is our second year; it's just a superb partnership with USA Baseball, the Town of Cary and Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. The hospitality and weather have been phenomenal. The people here have been more than accommodating and our players love this competition." -JODY SADLER, Sr. Assoc. AD, University of Notre Dame
“[The 2014 Big Rock Sports East Dealer Show] was wonderful! Never have I attended a show where I did not hear one discouraging thing from staff, security, food servers, temps or shuttle drivers, and our service at [Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh/Crabtree] was excellent. Thank you for all you do and did for such a wonderful show. See you next year.” -J. BURNETT, Cowboy Outdoors, Inc.
"Thanks for all you do to make this championship great. I love telling other hosts that Cary is the 'template for success.' You guys just really know how to come together and put on a great show for student-athletes, fans and us." -PAULA BUCKHAULTER, Assistant Director of Championships Marketing, National Collegiate Athletic Association (2010 NCAA Women's College Cup)
"I wish I was a talented enough writer to express what a great job [GRCVB] and your team did with the [NHL] All-Star Weekend. Fantastic in every sense of the word. Thanks for all you guys did. Wow!" -JEFF MERRITT, Director of Business Development
"We often hear about and talk about "non-traditional" hockey markets. That phrase has been used many, many times about Raleigh. Well, here's a news flash: Raleigh is becoming a pretty good hockey city. Carolina did a terrific job hosting the All-Star Weekend. Fans were lined-up around the block to get into the Fan Fest at the city's new Convention Center. And, as usual, they were out early tailgating before both the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game. Congratulations, Raleigh. You were a great host." -E.J. HRADEK, Senior Writer, ESPN
"When they look back at the history of the N.C. Athletic Association and write about the five most important developments to ever take place, one of the top five will be the decision to put the majority of our state championships in Raleigh. It's been incredible. It's been an absolute dream. Raleigh is our City of Championships, and I hope it always will be." -CHARLIE ADAMS, Former Executive Director, North Carolina High School Athletic Association