Sports Event Planners

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


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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 teams each sent out five players, and the action on the courts was fast and furious at the Raleigh Convention Center the first weekend in 2020. But this wasn’t basketball. This was futsal, best described as smaller-scale soccer with fewer players and faster restarts than the outdoor, 11-v-11 version. Unlike its indoor soccer counterpart, futsal doesn’t have boards to keep the ball, and ricochets, in play. Futsal gives budding soccer players a chance to work on their foot skills in tight quarters and stay active until outdoor season. With four field players and a goalie, each player is important on offense and defense.

Soccer’s Omaha? Cary’s record as a host is certainly championship caliber. Just as the finely-manicured turf at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park has several unseen levels, so, too, does the...

The SAS Championship, an annual fixture at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, is far more than three rounds of golf played by men 50 and older the second weekend in Oct. Those golfers, many of whom...

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.”