Many things make Charlotte, North Carolina, the ultimate sports destination. From great facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions to a culture and passion for sports and outdoor recreation, Charlotte’s got a lot to offer athletes and their families. Charlotte has the excitement of a large city with the Southern hospitality and welcoming attitude of a small town; it’s what makes the city a leading sports and leisure destination. The ACC Football Championship, CIAA Basketball Tournament, NCAA Basketball Tournament, Thunder Road Marathon and Modern Pentathlon World Cup have all called Charlotte home. In addition, Charlotte has hosted cheerleading, volleyball, baseball and softball tournaments, as well as the Disc Golf World Championships. For event planners who think big, Charlotte is a host city that creates legendary experiences both on and off the field or court. Family-friendly attractions like Discovery Place, NASCAR Hall of Fame and U.S. National Whitewater Center are entertaining for all ages, including moms and dads. Athletes and their families always have a ball in Charlotte and leave with memories that last a lifetime.
"Palmetto Volleyball Association uses Charlotte as the host city for its Regional Championships. We have found Charlotte to be ideal for our event. Our families that attend love the area since many activities and restaurants are within walking distance, hotels are affordable and the convention center works perfectly for hosting our tournament. Working with a number of cities with various events, we have found Visit Charlotte to be extremely helpful in assisting our organization.”
– Jimmy Peden, Commissioner, Palmetto Volleyball Association
Photo credit: Patrick Schneider
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte Convention Center opened in 1995 as the ideal venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets, conferences and athletic events, attracting more than half a million visitors each year. Soaring ceilings add volume to the 280,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space that can be sectioned into four halls, with separate loading entrances for simultaneous events. Twenty covered loading docks and direct drive-in access to each hall make setup easy and efficient. The Richardson Ballroom spans 35,000 square feet with a 15,000-sq.-ft. prefunction area. For even more event possibilities, the 40,000-sq.-ft. Crown Ballroom, with 11,600 square feet of prefunction space, is located next to NASCAR Hall of Fame and accessible via a convenient skywalk. The facility offers an award-winning, full-service in-house catering department, concierge service, a visitor information center, a gift shop and a preferred in-house audiovisual provider, with a complete inventory of equipment and professional technicians.
Mecklenburg County Sportsplex
The newly developed Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in the Matthews suburb of Charlotte features five multipurpose, artificial turf fields for sports like soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, field hockey and more. The property also features a picnic shelter, bathrooms and a playground. Phase two of the project will add four additional artificial turf fields, two natural grass fields, a grass championship field with 2,700 seats and a two-story field house.