Charleston has been the host destination for a number of prestigious sports organizations, showcasing premier events over the years.
Look at the Who’s Who list of sports right holders and event owners.

USGA

While celebrating its 113th year of existence, the Country Club of Charleston hosted the 113th Annual US Women’s Amateur Championship in August 2013 and hosted the US Women’s Open in May 2019.

PGA

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has hosted a number of PGA events, including: Ryder Cup (1991); World Cup (1997 & 2003); UBS Warburg Cup (2001); Senior PGA Championship (2007), and PGA Championship (2012), which is scheduled to return in May 2021.

LPGA

Rivertowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant was the chosen golf course for the Ginn Tribute –hosted by Annika Sorenstam (2007 & 2008).

WTA

Credit One Open is one of WTA’s Tour Premier Events and held annually at the Credit One Stadium and LTP Daniel Island Tennis Center. (2001-present).

Credit One Charleston Open

The Credit One Charleston Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America. Every April, Credit One and Charleston welcomes more than 100 world-class, women athletes to participate in the excitement of the Credit One Charleston Open.

ITF

The International Tennis Federation held the Davis Cup Semi-Finals at the Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island (2004).

ESPN

Created by ESPN Events, the Charleston Classic is a pre-season NCAA men’s basketball invitational tournament held annually at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena (2008 – present).

USA Rugby

The first professional rugby matches to ever be played in the state of SC have been held at MUSC Health Stadium. USA vs. IRB teams in the summer of 2008, 2009 and 2013.

ISAF

The Charleston Harbor has been the backdrop for a number of solo yacht races including BOC Challenge (94/95); Around Alone Race (98/99) and VELUX 5 Oceans (2011) and now team races such as the Atlantic Cup (2014/15).

MLS

The Carolina Challenge Cup is hosted by the Charleston Battery and includes MLS professional men’s soccer teams in a pre-season tournament, since 2004.

USL

Charleston Battery is a professional soccer club that plays in the United Soccer League. Founded in 1993, they are one of the oldest continuously operating professional soccer clubs in the US. The team plays 17+ home games at Patriots Point Soccer Complex.

CAA

Charleston hosted the Colonial Athletic Association’s Men’s Basketball Championship, 2017-2019. Member school, College of Charleston competes in NCAA Division I and sponsors 20 varsity sports teams.

SOCON

Charleston hosted the Southern Conference M’s & W’s Basketball Championships, 2002 – 2008 and Baseball Championships for 23 years, from 1990-2015. Member school, The Citadel has been affiliated with the SoCon since 1936, and sponsors 16 varsity sports teams.

Big South

CSU Buccaneers participate in Division I of the NCAA as a member of the Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fields varsity teams in 16 sports, 7 for men and 9 for women. The football team competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

ACC

A top six collegiate power conference, the ACC has shown interest in hosting championship events at a neutral site, such as men’s and women’s soccer at MUSC Health Stadium.

NCAA

First -time destination for a national championship, The Citadel hosted the 2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships.

MLL

Major League Lacrosse selected Charleston as the host city for their 2018 National Championships, played at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.

ECHL

The SC Stingrays are a professional minor league ice hockey team and play in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. Established in 1993, the team plays 34+ home games at the North Charleston Coliseum.

MiLB

The Charleston RiverDogs are a minor league baseball team and plays in the Class Single-A South Atlantic League. They are an affiliate of the New York Yankees and play 74+ home games at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

ESPN EVENTS

Created by ESPN Events, the Charleston Classic is a pre-season NCAA men’s basketball invitational tournament held annually at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena (2008 – present).

AJGA

The American Junior Golf Association hosted their national marquee event, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek on Johns Island in June 2019.

Bassmaster Elite Series

The Bassmaster Elite Series is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments by B.A.S.S. The 2020 Bassmaster Elite is held at Santee Cooper Lakes.

NSWTA

The National Senior Women Tennis Association regularly hosts their marquee event, The Anne Geier Cup, in the Charleston area.

SKA

Since 1991, the Southern Kingfish Association is the premier sanctioning body for king mackerel tournaments and has hosted a number of competitions in the Charleston area.

NSA

The Steeplechase of Charleston is a National Steeplechase Association sanctioned Race Meet, held in November at The Plantation @ Stono Ferry Racetrack.

ACA

The American Canoe Association is the oldest and largest paddle sports organization in the US, promoting canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. The national organization is a regular sponsor for Charleston County Park Recreation Commission events.

USTA Pro Circuit

Formed in 1979, the USTA Pro Circuit has grown into the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world and has hosted national girls’ tournaments in the Charleston area with $60K and $100K in prize money.

USA Women’s Soccer

USA women’s professional soccer players have made four different appearances in the Charleston SC area.

AVP

The AVP Charleston Open was held at LTP-Daniel Island (formerly Family Circle Tennis Center) in June 2007 and 2008 and required over 1,470 tons of sand to create professional beach volleyball courts.

USTA Southern

Known as the world’s largest tennis tournament, the Southern Sectional Championships were held in Charleston SC and included over 2,000 players for 9 days in July 2005 & 2006.

Sports Commission Updates


12.02.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, December 2, 2022

The Citadel Men's Basketball Hosts CofC

11.18.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, November 18, 2022

Shriners Children's Charleston Classic NCAA Tournament

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11.11.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, November 11, 2022

Steeplechase of Charleston

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11.04.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, November 4, 2022

SC Senior Games

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10.28.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, October 28, 2022

SC Stingrays Hockey

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10.21.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, October 21, 2022

SC Stingrays Hockey

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10.14.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, October 14, 2022

James Island Connector Run

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10.07.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, October 7, 2022

38th Annual Alan Fleming SR Tennis Tournament

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09.30.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, September 30, 2022

CofC Athletics - Proposed Baseball Performance Center

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09.23.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, September 23, 2022

Charleston SC - #1 Minor League Sports Market! Pic: Charleston RiverDogs Fans!

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09.16.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, Sept 16, 2022

SC Surf Soccer Club

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09.09.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, September 9, 2022

MUSC Hollings Center Regatta

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09.02.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, September 2, 2022

Charleston Southern Football Team

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08.26.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, August 26, 2022

Conflict 53 MMA

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08.19.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, August 19, 2022

Surfers Healing Folly Camp

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08.12.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, August 12, 2022

IOP Half Rubber Tournament

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08.05.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, August 5, 2022

Carolina Billfish Classic

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07.29.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, July 29, 2022

Folly Beach Wahine Surfing Classic

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07.22.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, July 22, 2022

Charleston Curling Club

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07.15.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, July 15, 2022

USBA National Championships

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07.08.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, July 8, 2022

USBA Youth Basketball

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07.01.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, July 1, 2022

Shipyard Park

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06.24.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, June 24, 2022

Applause Talent

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06.17.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, June 17, 2022

50th Rice Planters Amateur Golf Championship

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06.10.22

Charleston Sports Travel News, June 10, 2022

Swim Across America

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06.03.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, June 3, 2022

Palmetto Lacrosse

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05.27.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, May 27, 2022

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05.20.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, May 20, 2022

She Tris Triathlon Series

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05.13.22

Charleston Sports Travel News, May 13, 2022

SCHSL Boy's Golf

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05.06.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, May 6, 2022

Savage Race

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04.29.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, April 29, 2022

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04.22.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, April 22, 2022

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04.15.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, April 15, 2022

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04.08.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, April 8, 2022

Pic: Credit One Charleston Open

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04.01.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, April 1, 2022

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03.25.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, March 25, 2022

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03.18.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, March 18, 2022

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03.11.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, March 11, 2022

Pic: CofC Beach Volleyball

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03.04.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, March 4, 2022

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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02.25.22

Charleston Area Sports Tourism Update, Feb 25-March 3, 2022

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02.18.22

Charleston Area Sports Tourism Update, Feb 18-24, 2022

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02.11.22

Charleston Area Sports Tourism Update, Feb 11-17, 2022

CofC Sailing

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02.04.22

Charleston Sports Tourism This Week, Feb 4-10, 2022

Charleston Tennis Circuit

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01.28.22

Charleston Sports Tourism This Week, Jan 28-Feb 3, 2022

SMRT Swimming

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01.21.22

Charleston Sports Tourism This Week, Jan 21-27, 2022

Fittest of the Coast

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01.14.22

Charleston Sports Tourism This Week, Jan 14-20, 2022

MyHockey Tournaments

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01.07.22

Charleston Sports Tourism News, January 7-13, 2022

Monster Jam Motorsport Trucks

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Sports Announcements


11.30.22

Charleston Area Sports Events: November - December 2022

Carolina Invitational, Dec 27-30, 2022

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10.12.22

Governor McMaster and Golf Industry Leaders Celebrate Success of Golf in SC

Press Release: Holy City Sinner

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10.07.22

PGA Tour stars Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm join Rory McIlroy in CJ Cup in SC

Post and Courier Article

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09.27.22

Post and Courier: CofC Receives $2.1 Million Gift for Baseball Performance Center

CofC Baseball Team

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09.19.22

SBJ: Toasting the Holy City

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09.19.22

SBJ-Charleston in the news-Love is stronger than hate

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09.19.22

Sports Business Journal Announces Charleston as #1 in US Minor League Sports Markets

Sports Business Journal Cover, Sept 19-25, 2022

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09.18.22

Post and Courier: Charleston tops rankings of US minor-league sports markets

Post and Courier/Charleston RiverDogs

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09.01.22

North Charleston Quarterly Report - Fall 2022

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08.26.22

NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers to hold preseason camp at The Citadel

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08.01.22

5 Reasons to Book Your Trip to the Tourney!

2022 Shriners Children's Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament, Nov 17-20

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08.01.22

2022 Shriners Children's Charleston Classic Basketball Bracket

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07.27.22

Kiawah Island real estate investment firm to build golf course on 885-acre Johns Is. tract

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07.26.22

Matchups for 2022 Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic Announced

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05.01.22

SC golf courses help drive the tourism economy

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09.01.22

Recent Accolades of Interest to the Charleston Area Sports Traveler

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08.25.22

Charleston Area Sports Events: September 2022

The Citadel Football

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06.09.22

USS Battle Series and The Firefighter Challenge in Mt. Pleasant

USS Battle Series

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03.31.22

Despite pandemic, Charleston tourism had bigger impact in 2021 than before COVID

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03.27.22

Despite lower numbers, Charleston's Bridge Run should still pack a powerful economic punch

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03.22.22

Charleston Race Week 2022 Brings a Return to Normal on all Fronts!

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03.19.22

Charleston area could finally make a bid to host money-making March Madness

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03.09.22

2022 Shriners Children's Charleston Classic Field Announced

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02.01.22

Daniel Island Club Awarded Two USGA Championships

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01.13.22

MLS Returns to Charleston with the Breeze Airways Carolina Challenge Cup

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01.07.22

SheTris 2022 Series Announcements

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01.06.22

2022 Charleston Marathon Cancellation Statement

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