Plan your next sporting event in Baltimore
Baltimore’s compact downtown core, outstanding facilities and sports legacy make it a great fit for your sporting event or tournament. Here are the top five reasons why sporting groups of all types have chosen to bring their event to our city.
1. We have a convenient and accessible campus
We’re a great fit for sporting events of all types thanks to our walkable campus, which includes the newly renovated CFG Arena directly across the street from the downtown Baltimore Convention Center, and just steps away from the stadium complex where the Ravens and Orioles play.
2. Robust hotel offerings
Along the seven-mile waterfront promenade, Baltimore’s convention campus offers 34 hotels and 9,000 hotel rooms (5,500 committable), representing all of the major brands as well as only-in-Baltimore boutique properties. Here is a snapshot of what you can find within walking distance of the convention center
- 4,400 rooms (3,700 committable) within three blocks of the convention center
- 2,300 rooms (2,000 committable) within one block of the convention center
3. Fan-friendly entertainment options
Downtown Baltimore offers everything you need to keep your fans and spectators entertained, whether you’re coming for a day or for a week. Host a fan fest at one of the sports bars near Camden Yards, reserve Power Plant Live! for a fan event or reserve a cruise on Baltimore’s spectacular Inner Harbor. Or rent out space at M&T Bank Stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play.
4. A built-in attendance base
Baltimore is a great sports town! From the legends who started their careers here (Any Babe Ruth or Earl the Pearl Monroe fans?) to the robust college sports scene (Home to 13 universities to be exact) and a community that loves to watch the locals play, you’ll find a supportive crowd no matter the game.
5. Experience with hosting groups like yours
What kinds of groups have found a fit with Baltimore? Here are just a few of the events we host:
- Baltimore Running Festival
This running festival has been a Baltimore favorite for more than 20 years, and includes five distance options including marathon, half-marathon, and relay. The course winds through Federal Hill and Fell’s Point before finishing in the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area.
- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament
Baltimore is the new host of the CIAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament. The event draws thousands of fans to Baltimore over the 4-day tournament, which is among the best-attended in the NCAA.
- Women’s Lacrosse World Cup
Since 1982, this international lacrosse tournament has taken place every four year and features top female lacrosse players from up to 30 countries. The U.S. lacrosse team—which has won eight of the 10 tournaments—hosted the event at Towson University.
- AAU Junior Olympic Games
The largest multi-sport event in the country, the AAU Junior Olympics, will be coming to Baltimore in 2028 and 2032.
If you’d like to learn more about how Baltimore is a standout destination for your sporting event or tournament please contact:
Christina Ghani Smith
Director of Sports Sales