There’s something many people don’t know about Charlotte: it’s the ultimate city for sports fans. The metro area is home to some of the top North Carolina sports attractions. If you love baseball, football, basketball, and NASCAR, consider taking one of these day trips to check out the sports scene in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If you’re an NBA fan, head to Spectrum Center to watch the Charlotte Hornets run the ball up and down the court. The season typically runs from October to June. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of Hornets owner and basketball superstar, Michael Jordan, checking out his team.
Bank of America Stadium
Every year, from August through December, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers take to the field on Sundays at Bank of America Stadium. Since the team made the Super Bowl in 2015, tickets are a little harder to come by, but if you can snag some, take a day (or evening) to do some tailgating and watch a game. During the week or the off-season, take a tour of the stadium and go behind the scenes.
The Charlotte area may not have a Major League Baseball team, but it does have the Charlotte Knights, a AAA minor league team for the Chicago White Sox. Its stadium, BB&T Ballpark, opened its doors in 2014, and it’s often called one of the most beautiful spots in the city.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Speaking of NASCAR, be sure to stop by the NASCAR Hall of Fame which is located Uptown in the Second Ward quadrant and considered to be one of Charlotte’s top attractions. You’ll see plenty of exhibits featuring real racing memorabilia and more.
Sportsplex at Matthews
If it’s soccer you want to see, head to the Sportsplex in the southern Charlotte suburb of Matthews. Home to five fields, the facility hosts several amateur soccer games throughout the year, and it’s the home of the United Soccer League’s Charlotte Independence team.
Davidson College is about 30 minutes north of Charlotte, and on any given day, there’s sure to be a men’s or women’s collegiate game, match or meet taking place. The school has a popular basketball team, as well as football, tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, swimming, track and field, and more.
American Legion Memorial Stadium
American Legion Memorial Stadium is one of the largest venues in the city, and it often hosts high school sporting events. It’s also the home of the Charlotte Hounds, the city’s professional lacrosse team.
In 2017, the city voted to renovate the stadium with the hopes of one day attracting a professional soccer team to play here.
Golf Clubs & Courses
If you’re a golfer or you’d like to catch a major tournament, be sure to add one of the city’s golf clubs to your list of things to do in Charlotte. Quail Hollow, The Golf Club at Ballantyne, and Rocky River Golf Club are just a few places you’ll want to check out.