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

Don Fish realized more than a decade ago that retirement was not for him. He was in his mid-60s, living on the coast, fishing and playing golf and doing all the other things “you’re supposed to do when you’re retired.” He needed a challenge, so he and his wife moved back to the Triangle, where he agreed to a two-year stint as executive director of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHOF). That was 12 years ago. Fish envisioned a reinvention of sorts for the state’s sports hall, a task he’s taken on full bore. He wanted to raise awareness and interest in the NCSHOF, and the programs that are now associated with the hall’s induction weekend show he’s well on the way to accomplishing both parts of a two-pronged mission.

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...

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),...

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.”