A Winning Sports Destination for Participants and Spectators Alike

Wilmington, NC has become a sought after destination for sports events planners thanks to good weather year-round and its location situated along the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The convenient location to get here by car or plane and the opportunity to increase participant and spectator attendance are just some of the reasons why many sporting event planners have selected Wilmington and our island beaches and here are a few more.

View our Sports Planning Guide for more information.

Everything You Value for Extraordinary Events

A Distinctive Destination

  • Voted as America’s Best Riverfront by USA TODAY
  • Downtown walkable access to entertainment, shops and cafes, many of which offer outdoor dining and views of Wilmington’s spectacular sunsets over the river
  • Competitors and spectators can take advantage of Wilmington’s proximity to three island beaches: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach

Exceptional Facilities

  • Largest convention center on the NC coast and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified
  • Indoor and outdoor athletic facilities like Miracle Field at Olsen Park
  • Althea Gibson Tennis Complex
  • Cape Fear Regional Soccer Complex
  • Hugh MacRae Athletic Complex
  • Legion Sports Complex
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Wilmington Ice House
  • Over 8,000 guest rooms and suites

Plenty to See and Do

  • Wilmington’s River District features more than 200 restaurants, shops and attractions, most of which are within walking district
  • Visitors can choose from an assortment of water- and land-based activities, as well as a variety of tours including history, craft beer and theme walking tours, trolley, horse-drawn carriage and Segway tours, kayak/canoe excursions, biking and nature trails, narrated cruises, behind the scenes film tours and culinary adventures
  • The area hosts a busy lineup of festivals and special events throughout the year that may already be taking place during planned sporting events
  • Attractions for visitors who want to ‘get physical’ with activities like laser tag, climbing walls and more
  • Multiple championship golf courses located nearby

Maximum Registration Potential

  • Wilmington offers all the perks that come with a coastal destination, along with the conveniences and amenities of a big city
  • Many groups max out their registration at sporting events held here
  • Attendees can arrive early or stay late to enjoy our three beach towns or the historic charm of Wilmington.


  • Book off-season dates November through March for the best savings
  • Sunday arrivals and mid-week arrival and departure patterns are most affordable

Wilmington has experience in hosting signature sporting events of all kinds. We invite you to check it out and see where the water takes you!