Raleigh, Cary and Wake County just experienced an impressive month of professional, college and amateur sports, and in May GRCVB's Public Relations Department released the following to travel media and other outlets about expected positive impacts on the destination:


Greater Raleigh is gearing up to host an impressive month of professional, college and amateur sports. In total, these upcoming events will draw an estimated 28,000 attendees and are expected to generate more than 30,000 hotel room nights for the area. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA), a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), estimates the area will see more than $25 million in economic impact from hosting all these events throughout the county. These upcoming events exemplify Greater Raleigh's status as a premier sports event destination, with the impressive stretch continuing into the summer months with the U.S. Olympic Swim Team’s Domestic Training Camp taking place this July at Triangle Aquatic Center and the U.S. Open, hosted at nearby Pinehurst Golf Resort from June 13-16.

“Greater Raleigh is preparing to host an extensive variety of sporting events over what will be a jam-packed month coming up. It will include everything from youth baseball to regional swimming to a pair of NCAA national championships to one of the most unique and fast-growing soccer events in the world. These events will drive economic impact in our region and further strengthen our reputation as one of America’s premier sports event destinations,” said Scott Dupree, GRSA executive director.

Upcoming Sporting Events:

NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship
WakeMed Soccer Park • May 25 & 26, 2024

  • Producing $2.5 million in direct visitor spending last year, Cary will play host for the second time.

USA Lacrosse National Tournament
WRAL Soccer Park • May 25-26, 2024

  • One of the nation’s marquee lacrosse college recruiting events will be held in Raleigh for the second year in a row.
  • Nearly 60 high school-aged teams from across the country compete annually in the National Tournament, a long tradition in women’s lacrosse.

EsportsTravel Summit 
Raleigh Convention Center • May 29-31, 2024

  • The only event of its kind for esports tournaments and event organizers that facilitates partnerships between esports organizations and the travel industry.
  • Raleigh has emerged as a leading global host destination for esports, cementing its reputation as a market that celebrates the competitive video game culture and community.

UNC HEALTH Championship presented by STITCH
Raleigh Country Club • May 30-June 2, 2024

  • The UNC Health Championship presented by STICH is a part of the Korn Ferry Tour, held at the Raleigh Country Club, which ranks among the top 20 courses in North Carolina.
  • With the total purse increasing to $1 million for the first time, the tournament will be a true test for the Korn Ferry Tour field, offering excitement and must-see golf for fans.

NCHSAA Baseball State Championships
Ting Park • May 31-June 1, 2024

  • The NCHSAA Baseball State Championships winners will be crowned at Holly Springs’ Ting Park.
  • The matchups and schedule are available on the NCHSAA website.

NCAA Division II Baseball Championship
USA Baseball National Training Complex • June 1-8, 2024

  • Eight regional winners will compete in the double-elimination championship beginning Saturday, June 1.
  • This will mark the 14th year the Town of Cary has hosted the DII Baseball Championship.

The Soccer Tournament (TST)
WakeMed Soccer Park • June 5-10, 2024

  • The Soccer Tournament, a $1 million, winner-take-all event, comes to Cary for the second time, featuring a 48-team men’s tournament and the addition of an eight-team women’s tournament. With the addition of the women’s tournament, TST will be the highest-stakes women’s professional soccer event globally.
  • 70,000 attendees are expected to attend the event to watch their favorite star-studded teams take the pitch.

IWLCA Southeast Cup
WRAL Soccer Park • June 8-9, 2024

  • The event will be hosted in Raleigh for the second year, and more than 90 girls’ lacrosse teams are expected to compete.
  • The official tournament guide can be found here.

USA Baseball 17U National Team Championships
USA Baseball National Training Complex • June 11-14, 2024

  • 16 teams will participate in this invitation-only event, providing an opportunity for players to be evaluated by college coaches, professional scouts and USA Baseball Task Force Members.
  • Event details can be found on their website.

USA Baseball 10U Futures Invitational
USA Baseball National Training Complex • June 13-16, 2024

  • This elite youth championship event is reserved for the top 10U talent in the nation and features a 16-team field, with teams traveling from multiple states.
  • Event details can be found on their website.

Speedo Triangle Classic
Triangle Aquatic Center • June 13-16, 2024

  • Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center expects more than 800 youth swimmers from N.C. and Va. for the event.

Visit this link for more information about sports events booked for Wake County in 2024.