North Carolina selected to host the 2029 FISU World University Games

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The executive committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) has selected North Carolina as the host of the 2029 FISU World University Games.

The announcement comes prior to the start of the 2023 FISU World University Games Winter taking place in Lake Placid, N.Y. from January 12 to 22, 2023–the first time the FISU Games Winter has been held in the United States in 51 years. Lake Placid was the previous host in 1972.

Leonz Eder, president of FISU, says, “We were very impressed with what North Carolina has to offer the FISU Games from our site visits, their candidature dossiers, and the presentation to our executive committee in conjunction with their original bid for the 2027 FISU World University Games. The North Carolina bid, in fact, scored the highest on our staff technical evaluation of the bids.”

North Carolina had a significant delegation in Lake Placid including Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State; Brenda Howerton, chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners; Brian Ralph, president of William Peace University; Richard Beard, president & CEO of the Greensboro Sports Foundation; and Dragomir Cioroslan, director of international strategies and development at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

Marshall says “This is a very proud moment in our state’s history. The FISU World University Games will be the largest event ever hosted in our state, and it will give us the unique opportunity to not only host athletes and fans from more than 150 countries but to showcase North Carolina, including our renowned universities and all that our great state has to offer, to a worldwide audience of more than 400 million.”

North Carolina’s bid to host the FISU World University Games is centered in central North Carolina, in a region stretching from Raleigh to Greensboro, encompassing the Triangle and Triad areas of the state. The region includes 19 colleges and universities with more than 250,000 university students and has been branded as North Carolina’s “University Hub.”

Accepting the award of the FISU Games on behalf of North Carolina was Hill Carrow, chairman and CEO of the North Carolina bid committee.

“The award of the 2029 FISU World University Games to our state and country is the culmination of an extensive five-year effort by more than 1,000 individuals, 13 universities, five cities, five counties, the State of North Carolina, and 53 corporate and organizational sponsors to land this amazing event. As an event that features the best collegiate athletes from around the world, it is a natural fit for a state with 130 colleges and universities and more than 350,000 university students,” he says. “North Carolina’s landing these games is similar to a major corporate relocation as the FISU Games will deliver a local economic impact of over $150 million, but with the added benefits of significant international tourism and worldwide branding exposure for our state and local communities.”