Study underway in Greenville to attract more sports tournaments

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A sports complex development feasibility study and strategic plan for additional sports complexes in Greenville and Pitt County is about to get underway.

Visit Greenville, NC (Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau) announced Wednesday morning that it had selected Convention Sports & Leisure International (CSL International) to conduct the study, which will cost between $45,000 and $50,000.

Andrew Schmidt, Executive Director of the Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said just within the last year, sporting tournaments have brought $6 million to the city.

“I think our location is good, our amenities are good, our hotels are good,” Schmidt said. “Our facilities are great, it’s just scheduling problems.”

Lack of facilities to host events cost the city about a dozen potential tournaments over the past year. It’s one big reason the study will also look at the possibility of building a new multi-use sports complex in Greenville.

“It will tell us what our competitors are doing, tell us what advantages we might have as far as different market sports go, and also look at the feasibility of building a multi-use sports complex,” he said.

Elm Street Park is one of the complexes Greenville utilizes the most for out of town tournaments. In the outfield of the park hangs dozens of advertisements for local businesses.

Tie Breakers Sports Bar & Grill is just one of the ads.

“It shows people that we’re supportive of our local little league which does a tremendous job for the kids, and then it just gives them a little hint of where to go after the game,” said owner Brayom Anderson.

Anderson said since opening 15 years ago, sports tournaments have provided them much needed business. He said Greenville is in desperate need of a multi-use sports complex to bring more visitors to the city.

Schmidt said beyond building a new facility, they’re also looking at how to host tournaments in facilities like the convention center.

CSL International, which is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recently performed an extensive number of planning studies throughout North Carolina, including East Carolina University’s Dowdy-Ficklen Renovation in Greenville, New Bern, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Cabarrus County, and other several other cities and counties.

 

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