2019 Sports Facilities Guide: Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte has a passion for sports and features athletic and non-athletic attractions that make for the ultimate all-star experience.

2019 Sports Facilities Guide: Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte is not just a spectator city. We have a passion for sports. Whether we’re rolling out welcome (floor) mats for budding gymnasts and aspiring cheerleaders, hosting college basketball championships or converting Bank of America Stadium into an international soccer haven, we’re proud of the 200-plus days of sporting events we put on each year. Both affordable and accessible, the city champions exceptional sports venues—like the 550,000-sq.-ft. Charlotte Convention Center—accommodating hotels, and athletic and non athletic attractions that make for the ultimate all-star experience.


Downtown Hotel Rooms 5,601
Surrounding Area Hotel Rooms Mecklenburg County: 27,312, MSA: 40,702
Sports Venues 30+
Largest Indoor Venue Charlotte Convention Center
Largest Outdoor Venue Mallard Creek Park
Closest Airport Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Recently Hosted

2019 NBA All-Star Game
2019 Universal Spirit of Hope National Championship
2018 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship

What’s New

Beginning in spring 2019, the 550,000-sq.-ft.Charlotte Convention Center will undergo a $115 million expansion that will be available for contracting in 2021.

This year, Uptown will welcome a Home2 Suites by Hilton and an EVEN Hotel. Slated for 2020 and 2021, visitors can expect to stay at the Grand Bohemian (254 rooms), the MOXY Charlotte Downtown (200 rooms), the InterContinental Hotel at Carolina Theatre (274 rooms) and the JW Marriott (381 rooms).

Optimist Hall, a 146,000-sq.-ft. redevelopment of a former mill, will be transformed into a food hall.

Pinhouse, a highly anticipated two-story, 6,036-sq.-ft. bowling alley, will offer activities for people of all ages including four duckpin bowling lanes, a putting green and 70 total taps.

Key Indoor Venues

Charlotte Convention Center
Spectrum Center
Bojangles’ Coliseum

Key Outdoor Venues

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex
Ramblewood Park
CSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex


John Mark Freeze, Director, Sports Development

Charlotte Convention Center

Conveniently located just 7 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte Convention Center is the city’s premier meeting and convention space. The 550,000-sq.-ft.facility (soon to be 600,000 square feet in 2021) has been bringing in more than half a million visitors each year for conventions, trade shows, banquets, conferences and athletic events.

Totaling 280,000 square feet of contiguous space, Charlotte Convention Center’s exhibit halls can accommodate 1,250 booths or can be divided into four halls. Setup is easy as the facility offers four freight elevators and 20 covered loading dock bays, with direct drive-in access. The 40,000-sq.-ft. Crown Ballroom can hold 2,400 to 4,200 people. And to really make guests feel at home, the facility offers full-service, in-house catering, a concierge service, a visitor information center, a gift shop and an in-house AV provider with professional technicians.

Quick Facts
Distance From Downtown 7 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Total Space 550,000 square feet
Largest Contiguous Space 280,000
Meeting Rooms On-Site Yes
Permanent Seating No
Ceiling-Height 14-30 feet
Column-free No
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 5,601

Leslie Kluttz, Director of Venue Bookings, Administration

2019 Sports Facilities Guide: Charlotte, North Carolina

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in the Matthews suburb of Charlotte features five artificial turf multipurpose fields for sports like soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, field hockey and more. The property also features a picnic shelter, bathrooms and a playground. Over the past year, four more artificial-turf fields have been added, along with two natural-grass fields, a grass championship field with 2,700 seats and a two-story field house.

Quick Facts
Distance From Downtown 13 miles from Center City, 1 mile from downtown Matthews
Total Space 9 synthetic turf fields (360’x225’), 2 natural grass fields (360’x225’), 4,117-seat grass stadium (360’x225’ playing surface)
Meeting Rooms On-Site Conference room with a capacity of 90
Permanent Seating 4,117
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 1,565

Preston Buckman, Facility Manager – Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation