Charlotte's Stadiums, Ballparks and Sports Attractions
The wide world of sports never ceases to amaze us, entertain us and bring us all together. Is your head (and heart) in the game? Catch a game, match or event at one of these Charlotte sports establishments, and find out where to stay so you can be close to all the action.
by Charlie Leonard
With several professional sports teams calling the Charlotte area home, you’ve got someone to cheer on no matter the season. Plus, as the host to major sporting events like the 2017 PGA Championship, the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, the recurring host of the ACC Championship in football, the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, and the host of the 2022 Presidents Cup and the PGA Championship again in 2025, the city’s becoming used to being the center of the sports universe.
Home Team Hot Spots
Nearly a century old and recently completing an over $30 million facelift, American Legion Memorial Stadium has hosted Presidential addresses, professional wrestling events, high school football clashes, lacrosse matches and more. The stadium is now the permanent home of Charlotte Independence, a USL League One team affiliated with Charlotte FC.
Atrium Health Ballpark is the new $52 million home of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. When it’s not being used for baseball, the ballpark turns into a public park for the citizens of Kannapolis to enjoy.
Home of the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC, this 75,000-seat stadium houses all things football. Besides pro football or soccer, championship-level college football games are routinely held here.
Neighborhood: East Charlotte
Named after Charlotte’s beloved fried-chicken chain, the Bojangles Coliseum is one of Charlotte’s legendary sports venues. The Charlotte Checkers, an AHL hockey team, have called the Coliseum home beginning in 1956 and permanently since 2015.
Hosting the longest race in NASCAR’s regular season, the Coca-Cola 600, and the newer Bank of America Roval 400 playoff race, Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the most important tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. For the ultimate experience, enjoy a whole weekend of racing from the race track’s infield where you can watch parts of the race from the 16,000-square-foot video board between Turn 2 and Turn 3.
Neighborhood: University City
If college basketball is more of your thing, catch a UNC Charlotte basketball game at Halton Arena. With over 9,000 seats, this intimate venue is a great place to catch some of the best teams around the region.
Neighborhood: University City
Seating around 15,000 for a typical Charlotte 49ers football game, Jerry Richardson Stadium is the perfect venue for a newer college football team. This beautiful brick stadium fits perfectly with the rest of UNCC’s campus and is easily accessible from the LYNX Blue Line.
Neighborhood: South Charlotte
Known for an intimidating stretch of closing holes called “The Green Mile,” Quail Hollow Country Club is Charlotte’s most prestigious golf course. The course typically hosts the Wells Fargo Championship annually, but it has also hosted the 2017 PGA Championship and will host the 2022 President’s Cup and the PGA Championship again in 2025.
Opened in 2005, the Spectrum Center has already hosted the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend, March Madness and the home games for the Charlotte Hornets. Another marquee event, the Jumpman Invitational, kicks off this year by hosting some of the best college basketball teams in the country.
As one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball, Truist Field is a go-to choice for summertime fun. With premium views and exciting baseball by the Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, even the most casual fans will have a blast.
Where to Stay
Coming from out of town to watch the game? If you want a hotel that’s close to the venue, here’s where you need to stay:
Bank of America Stadium/Truist Field/Spectrum Center
These three venues are close together in the Uptown area, which means this hotel selection has you covered. Some of those hotels include the The Westin Charlotte, Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte Uptown, Hilton Charlotte Uptown, Charlotte Marriott City Center, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, Hyatt House Charlotte/Center City, Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City, Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown and the Omni Charlotte Hotel.
American Legion Memorial Stadium
Just a short ride on the CityLYNX Gold Line away from Uptown, a stay at an Uptown hotel is the perfect place to be during your trip to American Legion Memorial Stadium. If you want to stay even closer than the middle of Uptown, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Uptown, Le Meridien Charlotte and Sheraton Charlotte Hotel are only one mile away.
Bojangles Entertainment Complex
Nestled right off Independence Boulevard, rideshares take you directly from Uptown to the Bojangles Coliseum. That means you can stay in Uptown and still catch the game without any extra hassle.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
If you’re not staying in the infield or at one of the adjacent RV parks, there are several hotels a short drive down Bruton Smith Boulevard. Some of the best hotels include the Great Wolf Lodge Concord, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte-Concord, Homewood Suites by Hilton Concord Charlotte and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte-Concord-Golf Resort & Spa.
Jerry Richardson Stadium/Halton Arena
UNC Charlotte football and basketball games are a fun way to show your school spirit. If you live outside the Charlotte area and need a hotel, you can stay Uptown and ride the LYNX Blue Line all the way to campus. If you’d rather stay in the University Area, your hotel options include the UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Holiday Inn Charlotte University, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park, Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte University Research Park and the Hyatt Place Charlotte/University Research Park.
Atrium Health Ballpark
For this unique experience, hotels are a just a short drive away. Some of those options include the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Concord, Hampton Inn Concord/Kannapolis and the Comfort Inn & Suites Kannapolis - Concord.
Quail Hollow Country Club
If you’re in town for the golf tournament, you’ll find that Quail Hollow is right in the middle of Pineville, Ballantyne and SouthPark. That means there are plenty of options for staying close by. Here’s where to stay based on the neighborhood.
Ballantyne: For lodging in the Ballantyne area, your options include The Ballantyne Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Ballantyne, AC Hotel Charlotte/Ballantyne, Aloft Charlotte/Ballantyne, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte/Ballantyne and more.
SouthPark: This area has several great hotels within a short distance from each other. That includes the Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/SouthPark, Canopy by Hilton Charlotte/SouthPark, Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte/Southpark at Phillips Place, Hyatt Centric Charlotte SouthPark, Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark and the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark.
Grab Your Gear
Sports fandom doesn’t stop when the season’s over. If you’ve got the right gear, you’re showing your loyalty 24/7. Check out the CLT Gear Guide for the best places to pick up your sports gear.