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

The Raleigh Convention Center is accustomed to hosting events best described as wall-to-wall basketball. That’s exactly what the scene will be on the convention center floor July 16-20 when the U.S. Basketball Association’s (USBA's) National Championship comes to Raleigh: More than 400 youth teams, from all over North America, competing nonstop on courts from 9 o’clock in the morning to past 10 at night. Mark Thompson, the founder of the USBA, wouldn’t have it any other way—or really, in any other place. “Raleigh is basketball heaven,” said Thompson, who is excited for the start of a three-year run in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Ten years ago, Division II college baseball teams did not refer to their postseason path as “the road to Cary.” Today, Cary signifies that tournament’s ultimate destination, a field of dreams where...

Raleigh moved onto the radar of officials with USA Wrestling in part because of the rise of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU's) program under coach Pat Popolizio. Another reason is the effort...

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.”