With easy accessibility, unique venues and exciting attractions, Charlotte is a top-notch destination for your sporting event. Here are Eight Excellent Reasons to bring your next event to Charlotte:
The Queen City has a lot to cheer for – it's home to the NFL, the NBA, the PGA, NASCAR and beyond. These state-of-the-art facilities may have had pro sports in mind, but they are also becoming exceptional destinations for amateur, college and youth sporting events. View a slide show of some of Charlotte’s major sporting facilities.
2. Best Park & Rec in the Nation
Really, we're not just saying that. While other cities might claim to be great, our team has the award to back up their hard work. The Mecklenburg County Department of Park and Recreation was selected as the 2012 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Award winner. With more than 18,000 acres of parks and nature preserves, 200 recreational facilities, large venues like Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center, and countless playing fields, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has a myriad of choices for athletic events and tournaments.
Charlotte is an accessible city, making it easy for you to build attendance. Our airport, Charlotte Douglas International, offers non-stop services to over 130 destinations via 700+ daily flights. Meanwhile those arriving by car will find Charlotte at the intersection of two major interstates: I-77 and I-85. Those roads connect Charlotte to cities in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. Convenient I-40, less than one hour to the north, is an important east-west link, with coast-to-coast access.
4. Wide Range of Accommodations
From national chains to a resort with an indoor water park, Charlotte has a hotel to fit any budget. Athletes and their families will have the perfect home base for sleeping, eating and exploring Charlotte – without breaking the bank. Want to see which hotels are close to sporting venues? Check out our Sports Planner Interactive Map.
Pleasant, moderate and sunny, Charlotte's weather is known for clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Bright sun and clear skies are common during the summer months. Unlike summers in some Southern cities, very hot weather conditions (higher than 90° F) usually occur only 36 days each year in Charlotte. While summer can bring a pop-up thunderstorm, March is the wettest month and November the driest.
7. Track Record
When it comes to hosting amateur sporting events, Charlotte is a pro. The city has hosted a diverse range of events like the ACC Football Championship, the CIAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament, Disc Golf World Championships, Charlotte UltraSwim, and the Modern Pentathlon World Cup – a stop on the road to the 2012 Summer Olympics. View a slide show of some of the amateur sporting events held in Charlotte.
8. Play Outside
For outdoor adventures, feed the giraffes at Lazy 5 Ranch while enjoying your own private safari. Hold on tight and feel the rush of the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where Olympic athletes train. Bear hug your favorite Peanuts character before stepping aboard a heart-pounding coaster at Carowinds.