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

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 champions are crowned, memories made and competitive and professional relationships rekindled. Cary, and specifically the USA Baseball National Training Complex, is hosting the NCAA Baseball Division II World Series for the 10th time in the past 11 years, starting Sat., June 1. Coaches, NCAA committee members and others have praised the tournament hosts for several reasons, including the venue itself, the overall organization of the event and, perhaps most memorable, the warm welcome they receive from hotels, restaurants, and volunteers. From the time teams step off a plane or bus, they are treated well.

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...

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...

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.”