Spring Sports Tourism Events Generate Over $5 Million in Economic Impact to Greenville-Pitt County

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GREENVILLE, North Carolina – Sports tourism made a return to Greenville-Pitt County in a big way this spring. The Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission (Play Greenville, NC Sports) is pleased to announce during the months of April, May, and June 2021, sports tourism events held in Greenville-Pitt County generated over $5 million in estimated economic impact to our local economy.

Events held in our destination in Spring 2021, included: the NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer 1st and 2nd round games, and the NCAA D1 Baseball Regional both hosted at East Carolina University, the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association Kepner Cup hosted by the Pitt Greenville Soccer Association, along with several US Softball Association sanctioned tournaments, cornhole tournaments, tennis tournaments, and more.

Along with assisting in the planning and hosting of these spring events, Play Greenville, NC Sports has also been busy working with local, state, regional, and national partners to book additional sports events for later this year and early 2022, in an effort to return to pre-pandemic levels of sports events bookings.

Future tournaments coming to Greenville-Pitt County, include: FirstNC Robotics State Championship, the 2021 Greenville BBQ LAX Bash tournament sanctioned by USA Lacrosse, the return of the Down East Players Cup hosted by the Greenville Disc Golf Association, and several more.

“We are so thrilled sports tourism is making a strong and quick comeback, and our team is prepared and continues to assist in recruiting, planning, and executing a wide range of sports tournaments and helping create memorable and safe experiences for planners, players, and their families,” said Gray Williams, Executive Director of Play Greenville, NC Sports. “The economic and community impact generated by sports tourism is really ramping up and aiding in the recovery of our local restaurant, business, and hospitality industries within Greenville-Pitt County, helping bring a back sense of normalcy to our destination.”

The Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission (Play Greenville, NC Sports) is a division of the Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Greenville, NC) dedicated to creating a lasting positive impression of Greenville-Pitt County, NC by providing an environment conducive to superior sports tourism and becoming a preferred sports tourism destination among small market destinations.

For more information, please contact:

Gray W. Williams, STS

Executive Director

Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission

Office: 252-329-4200

Cell: 336-260-6582

Email: gray@visitgreenvillenc.com