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Entire NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer tournaments to be held in Cary and the surrounding areas 

The Division I Competition Oversight Committee approved a proposal that would consolidate the Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships by having all 48 women’s teams and all 36 men’s teams compete in Cary and the surrounding areas. The move is effective for this year’s men’s and women’s soccer championships, which were postponed last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Committees believe having both championships in one geographic location will minimize travel and condense the overall time to conduct the championships. Selections for both championships will be held on April 19, and both tournaments will conclude with the NCAA College Cups at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The women’s national semifinals will be held on May 13, and the men’s on May 14, while both national champions will be crowned on May 17.

Other dates for the tournaments:

  • First round: Women, April 27-28; Men, April 29
  • Second round: Women, April 30-May 1; Men, May 2
  • Third round: Women, May 5; Men, May 6
  • Quarterfinals: Women, May 9; Men, May 10

More information here

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MLB and USA Baseball schedule evaluation and showcase events to be hosted in Cary this summer 

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced enhancements to the joint Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) to feature a lineup of evaluation and showcase events for 2021 and 2022 MLB Draft prospects, including the first-ever MLB Draft Combine for high school and college baseball players. The inaugural MLB Draft Combine (June 20-28) will feature the top 200 high school and college baseball prospects. From July 22-Aug. 1, the second PDP league will feature the top 96 high school players who are eligible for the 2022 MLB Draft. 

More information here

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Success stories: Region's largest youth sporting event successfully held without COVID spread

NCFC Youth, in partnership with the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA), released a post-event impact study on the 2020 visitRaleigh.com Showcase Series youth soccer tournament, held over four weekends in Nov. and Dec. of 2020. The tournament safely hosted 1,000 teams and more than 16,000 athletes from across 26 states. Players, coaches and spectators abided by strict safety protocols built on local and state government health regulations resulting in more than 1,500 games played with no transmission of COVID-19 across individuals who attended the event.

Read more here

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Venue spotlight and virtual tour: Wake Competition Center

The Wake Competition Center in Morrisville features nearly 30 acres of premiere sporting venues for athletes of all skill levels. The facility offers a twin-ice rink, a championship-level volleyball facility, multiple soccer fields and a massive gymnastics facility. And now it's the official practice facility of the Carolina Hurricanes! 

Take a virtual tour of the complex here

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Greater Raleigh launches new efforts to remain a top esports destination

The Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC) announced an expansion of efforts to continue stimulating the local economy and further support its leading position as a premier destination for esports events and productions in the United States. GRELOC has launched a new website and showcase video—developed with esports advisory firm Subnation Media—as a direct result of the ongoing strategy. 

See the showcase video below and read more here.