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

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

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.

May 31 (canceled), June 21 (canceled), July 12, July 26, August 9

Sprint Triathlons

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series 2020

The five-race sprint triathlon series features a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K flat run with 400 participants for each race.

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June 23-28, 2020

Professional Tennis

Credit One Bank Invitational WTA

Hosted by LTP-Daniel Island, this professional women's tennis tournament includes 16 single, 8 double matches and 40+ hours streaming on Tennis Channel. Currently, the largest-scale tennis event confirmed since the sport was paused.

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JULY 7-18, 2020 (canceled)

Horse Show

Charleston Summer Classic Horse Show, USEF Heritage Competition

One of the Southeast's premier hunter jump shows, for twelve days at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.

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2020-21 Season Resumes in Jan

College Sports

Charleston Southern University Buccaneers

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.

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Aug 22, Sept 19, Oct 24, 2020 (Virtual)

Sprint Triathlons

She Tris Triathlon Series 2020

The mission of She Tris is to create a welcoming and supportive triathlon environment for women/girls who want to complete a triathlon, regardless of their level of experience. Held @ I'On Club and Hamlin Plantation and Carnes Crossroads.

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September 5-13, 2020

Water Sports

Charleston Water Week 2020

Charleston area is host to dozens of water-related activities on rivers, creeks and in the ocean. An eight-day celebration of the Lowcountry's greatest asset - water!

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September 11-12, 2020

Waterskiing

2020 Malibu Open Professional Waterski Festival

The event features the world's best men's and women's professional water skiers. These athletes will compete for more than $70,000 in prize money in the slalom and jump events.

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September 26, 2020

Open-Water Swim

Lowcountry Splash Open-Water Swim

Lowcountry Splash is SC's premier open-water swim and includes both a 2.4-mile and 6-mile swim along the Mt. Pleasant shoreline, under the Cooper River Bridge and finishing in front of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. The Splash attracts swimmers from 30+ states and 3 countries.

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October 4, 2020 (canceled)

Triathlon

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon

Tri-Kiawah is a USAT sanctioned intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike and 6.1-mile run. This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston SC area to feature an ocean swim.

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October 11, 2020

Open-Water Swim

Swim Around Charleston

The internationally known event is a 12-mile open water swim in the Charleston waterways and harbor. It begins at Remley's Point in Mt. Pleasant SC, proceeds across the Cooper River, parallels the Charleston peninsula, and proceeds up the Ashley River to the finish point at I-526. It is recognized as part of the Global Swim Series.

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October 23-25, 2020 - NEW EVENT

Sailing

2020 Melges 24 Charleston Open

The 2020 Melges 24 Charleston Open is scheduled to take place for the first time on Oct. 23-25, 2020. In anticipation of the 2021 World Championship, this event is designed to not only supplement the U.S. racing schedule with a viable, exciting racing and tuning opportunity, but also provide race management the chance to put new technologies to the test and task.

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November 15, 2020

Steeplechase

Steeplechase of Charleston

With deep roots in southern heritage, this Charleston tradition began in 1792 and will be ushered into its new era. The family-friendly Sunday event will feature six high-stakes races with coveted titles on the line.

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Nov 19, 20 and 22, 2020 (canceled)

NCAA Men's Basketball

13th Annual Charleston Classic NCAA Tournament

The ESPN-owned event includes eight men's teams from top conferences, such as ACC, SEC, A10, Big Ten and Big 12, all playing for a total of 12 games during a four-day weekend.

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November 20-21, 2020

Adult Tennis

Charleston Tennis Circuit UTR Adult Prize Money Tournament powered by SportMaster

Charleston Tennis Circuit hosts various Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournaments, providing junior and adult players the opportunity to compete in a universally accepted level-based ranking system.

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Oct 9-11; Nov 21-23; Jan 16-18; Feb 13-15 & Mar 5-7, 2021

Youth Hockey

MyHockey Tournaments @ Carolina Ice Palace

MyHockey Tournaments host 4-5 youth hockey weekends each year at the Carolina Ice Palace. The Palmetto State Tournament Series includes up to 250 players and 500 attendees.

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November 21-22, 2020

Lacrosse

2020 Palmetto Lax Classic I (B 10U-HS, G 13U-HS)

The annual tournament includes Boys 10-HS and Girls 13U-HS and played at Hyde Park Polo Club in Ravenel SC. It is a US Lacrosse Nationals Sanctioned Qualifier Event.

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2020-21 Season begins December 11

Professional Hockey

South Carolina Stingrays Hockey

The 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.

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December 12, 2020 (canceled)

Marathon Race

43rd Annual Kiawah Island Marathon, 1/2 Marathon

Includes up to 4,000 and full marathon participants. Often used as a Boston Marathon Qualifier due to its flat and scenic course.

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2020-21 Season Resumes in Jan

College Sports

College of Charleston Cougars

The College of Charleston Cougars compete in NCAA Division I and are currently members of the Colonial Athletic Association. The university sponsors 20 varsity sports teams.

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Jan 11-21, 2021

Marathon Race

11th Annual Charleston Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 5K & EXPO - Virtual Edition

The 2021 edition will be virtual. Save the date: January 15, 2022! Course begins on the historic streets of Charleston and finishes in Park Circle, a quaint retail area of North Charleston. EXPO held at Charleston Gaillard Center. Up to 8,500 participants from 50 states and 6 countries!

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2020-21 Season Resumes in Jan

College Sports

The Citadel Bulldogs

The Citadel Bulldogs compete in NCAA Division I athletics and in football the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. The school's affiliation is the Southern Conference, since 1936, and sponsors 16 varsity sports teams.

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February 25-28, 2021

Girls Gymnastics

31st Annual Charleston Cup Gymnastics Meet

Held at Charleston Area Convention Center and includes some 2,000 girl gymnasts from over 20 states and 3 countries.

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March 26-30, 2021

Collegiate Golf

16th Annual Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

A 54-hole men's college tournament co-hosted by the College of Charleston and USC with a total of 15 men teams. Special appearances by Darius Rucker and band members from Hootie and the Blowfish.

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March 27, 2021

World Class 10K Race

43rd Annual Cooper River Bridge Run

A world-class competition ranked #4 in the US and #18 in the world as the largest 10K road race with 40,000 annual participants. The course begins in Mt. Pleasant and finish line is in historic Charleston at Marion Square. A two-day Expo takes place at the Charleston Area Convention Center on March 25-26th.

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2021 Season TBA

Professional Baseball

Charleston RiverDogs Baseball

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 @ the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

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2021 Season TBA

Professional Soccer

Charleston Battery Soccer

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. Home games are played at Patriots Point Soccer Complex.

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April 3-11, 2021

Professional Women's Tennis

48th Annual Volvo Car Open, WTA Premier Tournament

Largest women's only tennis tournament in the world. Up to 100,000 spectators and more than 70 world-class, women athletes to participate in WTA premier tournament. Over 100 live hours on Tennis Channel.

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April 8-11, 2021

Ocean Racing Regatta

25th Annual Sperry Charleston Race Week

Consists of over 250 boats competing in the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Includes some 2,500 participants, representing 27 states and seven countries.

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May 17-23, 2021

Men's Professional Golf

103rd PGA Championship

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be the host site for a second time, since the 94th annual event was held there in August 2012.

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September 4, 2021

Polo & Hot Air Balloon

2021 Victory Cup Polo Match and Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival

What is The Victory Cup all about? Enjoying a gorgeous day of green grass, majestic horses, heart pounding polo, dozens of food and alcohol partners, great views from our helicopter, and the big and beautiful hot air balloon giants on the property!

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September 23-26, 2021

Adult Tennis

Charleston Tennis Circuit UTR Adult Prize Money $2,000 Tournament powered by SportMaster

Will be held at Wild Dunes Resort. Charleston Tennis Circuit hosts various Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournaments, providing junior and adult players the opportunity to compete in a universally accepted level-based ranking system.

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November 5-6, 2021

Scottish Games

50th Annual Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering

**This event has been cancelled for 2020.** The Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering is the 2nd oldest event of its kind in the southeast. It draws visitors from around the US and abroad, bringing in over 8,000+ guests each year.

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