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

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 of North Carolina USA Wrestling, the state association that works closely with NCSU. Now, the Wolfpack is on the way to being noticed by more in the wrestling world. This weekend, Reynolds Coliseum will be the site of USA Wrestling’s World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, marking the first time a North Carolina venue has hosted such a high-profile event in wrestling.

Long-standing relationships, a quick turnaround, a tech-savvy professional tour and collaboration from many entities: That’s the backstory of how Raleigh landed a big fish. During the last week of...

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,”...

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.”