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

My run through downtown Raleigh on the morning of April 8 was more than 13.1 miles. Not in actual distance, of course, because the legs couldn’t handle much more. The race, my first in the themed Rock ‘n’ Roll series, offered the chance to take plenty of steps forward, some faster than others, but also a chance to step back in time. I’m not new to Raleigh, and I’m not new to half marathons—through a bit of luck and a lot of craziness, April 8 was my second 13.1-miler in a span of three weeks, the first being western Wake County’s Tobacco Road Half Marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll event was my first 13.1 in the City of Oaks since Sept. 22, 2001—my first half marathon, and yes, I remembered the date without the help of Google.

The phone call from Chicago came in Jan., just after the holidays. It was Paul Marstaller of the U.S. Soccer Federation dialing Curt Johnson, president and general manager of North Carolina FC (NCFC),...

Que Tucker likes to talk about how her professional mentors taught the importance of treating people well above all else. Certainly those mentors, including legendary coach Kay Yow, reinforced the...