Sports Event Planners

Official site of the sports event industry in Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina

Greater Raleigh, N.C., is one of the nation's premier locations for sports championships and events, and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) is the smart choice to support and help grow your event in the Raleigh area.

Greater Raleigh is a sports planner's dream—world-class venues and first-rate hotels in a naturally beautiful region that is centrally located, easily accessible and affordable... and brimming with Southern hospitality. No wonder N.C.'s capital city area has carved its niche as one of America's hottest sports destinations. 

Browse our venues & facilities, read testimonials from recent sports event planners, look at sports calendars that speak to our resume of success, check out the 140-plus area hotels in which participants can stay and contact the GRSA sports marketing team with your RFP.

GRSA's seasoned professionals, supportive community and host partners provide quality venues and unparalleled service that ensure winning results that participants can celebrate!


Sports Event Planners Playbook

Today the GRSA has a full-time staff of five, which Dupree credits for the alliance’s continued success. “There’s no staff in America that is more highly regarded and widely respected than our staff,” he said. “It’s a tremendous group that represents Greater Raleigh incredibly well.” And that’s not just Dupree’s opinion. In 2015, the GRSA was named the sports tourism organization of the year by the National Association of Sports Commissions. In total, the GRSA has helped bring more than 1,100 events to Wake County since 1998, generating nearly two million hotel room-nights and $660 million in direct visitor spending. Those are some incredible results. And to think, for the GRSA, it all started 20 years ago with a failed bowling bid in a Jacksonville, Fla., hotel ballroom.

The goal of hosting the USA Swimming Futures meet, one of four held around the country last weekend, is to grow the reputation of the swimming in N.C., and to get the word out about the fast pool...

The competitors at WRAL Soccer Park felt like rock stars from the moment they arrived in town. But these young athletes inhabiting the fields from July 10-15 were not soccer players, as any driver on...

Paul Seiler
USA Baseball National Training Complex

Paul Seiler

USA Baseball

As the executive director and CEO of USA Baseball, Paul Seiler lives and breathes the game. His team brought the USA Baseball National Training Complex to Cary, a must-visit locale bustling with energy and the chance to watch up-and-coming athletes show off their skills.

“The term 'Southern hospitality' is not just a marketing slogan and it’s not a myth. There’s depth to it and it’s a real thing. It makes living and visiting here that much nicer and that much more pleasant.”