Come for the marathon run. Stay for the boardwalk.

There are many destinations for hosting sports events in the Carolinas, but only one offers the quintessential Carolina Coastal Experience – Wilmington, N.C., and Island Beaches.

Wilmington and our island beaches have hosted many diverse events filled with good times and record-breaking participation. Our welcoming year-round weather, breathtaking beaches and bustling riverfront are fan favorites.

While Wilmington and Beaches offers many of the types of facilities and venues needed to host a sports event, its unique natural settings are what sets it apart from many other sports destinations. Here, racecourses cut through beautiful sounds, rivers, and marshes. Water-based courses flow down the storied Cape Fear and across the Intracoastal Waterway into the Atlantic Ocean. Other exceptional venues include the Wilmington Convention Center (the only convention center on N.C.’s coast), the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex (the largest tennis facility in Southeastern N.C.), and Olsen Park featuring the handicap accessible Miracle Field. There is no other tournament destination in the coastal Carolinas that offers such an incredible array of outdoor landscapes and all-encompassing facilities in a single location.

Top reasons to host a sports event in Wilmington, N.C.!

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