As CEO and executive director of USA Baseball, Paul Seiler lives and breathes the game. Driven by the game’s pace, intellectual appeal, strategy and fans, he’s been instrumental in establishing a local presence for world-class baseball. Thanks to him and his team, USA Baseball chose Cary, N.C., in the early 2000s as the new home for its National Training Complex. In 2007, the complex opened its doors turning Greater Raleigh into the epicenter of amateur baseball in the United States.
The Raleigh area, centrally located on the East Coast, is a sports planner’s dream with world-class venues and first-rate hotels. The region is naturally beautiful, easily accessible, affordable and brimming with Southern hospitality. Many sporting event rights-holders have selected Greater Raleigh for its convenient location and, with it, the opportunity to increase registration and attendance.
Superbly managed venues also have helped the Raleigh area claim sports destination “wins” for hosting major events over the years. Here is a sampling:
- NHL All-Star Weekend
- NHL Draft
- NCAA March Madness (four times)
- NCAA College Cup (12 times)
- NCAA Baseball Division II World Series (10 times)
- 53 NCAA championships across all sports and divisions
- ACC, CIAA and MEAC championships in a variety of sports
- More than 150 NCHSAA state championships
- Deep South Classic (girls’ basketball)
- Mid-Atlantic Power League Volleyball Tournament
- Great American Cross Country Festival
- visitRaleigh.com Showcase Series (soccer)
- State Games of North Carolina
In addition to a myriad of other services, GRSA can arrange site inspections of sports venues and hotels, secure proposals and room blocks from area hotels, serve as a liaison between the event rights-holder and the local host organization or venue and provide tailored maps and directions for travel, along with event outreach and promotion through social media.
Sport tournament participants and spectators visiting N.C.’s capital city will discover a place beyond the playing field that’s unabashedly unique, creative and charming. In the various parts of the city and the greater area, friendly locals welcome those visiting to participate in authentic and memorable experiences that appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests—culinary fusions, museum exhibits, outdoor concerts and more.
Find out how the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance’s team of sporting event experts can help simplify planning and stretch budgets further, giving your event an added edge. Visit raleighsports.org to get started.
“More than anything else, our people make this one of America’s truly great sports cities. We have individuals and organizations that are among the best in the world at what they do, in terms of recruiting, creating and hosting sporting events. That’s why we chose the word ‘Alliance’ in our name because it highlights our greatest attribute—our superb partners.”