RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Although North Carolina lost its bid to host the 2027 World Universiade Games, the state won in 2029, the International University Sports Federation announced Tuesday night.
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Greensboro host the World Universiade Games, the second largest international sporting event after the Olympics, bringing college athletes from around the world to North Carolina’s doorstep.
“It really makes a statement about where North Carolina is, where it’s expected to be, and where we think we can make this world-class event a success,” said North Carolina Chairman and CEO Hill Carrow. Tender commission.
Although North Carolina withdrew from the 2027 Games and awarded it to South Korea, the FISU president issued a statement about the deciding factor in awarding the Games to the country.
“We were very impressed with North Carolina’s visit to the FISU Games and their submission to our Executive Committee along with their bid dossier and initial proposal for the 2027 FISU World University Games,” said President Leonz Eder. .
He continued, “The North Carolina USA Bid actually received the highest score in our staff’s technical bid evaluation. Although North Carolina did not win the 2027 FISU Games last fall, we have worked diligently with our membership and staff since then to determine the best way to secure North Carolina USA as a future host of the FISU Games. Fortunately, as our leadership gathered in Lake Placid for the Winter Games, the timing was perfect and North Carolina was right to confirm the USA as the host city for the 2029 FISU World University Games.
Additionally, Governor Roy Cooper (D) and Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger commented on the big event coming to the state.
“We are excited about the opportunity to host the World Universiade Games in North Carolina in 2029. Our state has the world-class facilities, enthusiasm for college sports, and legendary southern hospitality to make these games a success,” Governor Cooper tweeted. .
In addition, Mayor Hemminger said: “We are very happy that the World Universiade has come to our region. Hosting these events will be important to everyone who loves high-level sporting events.”
More than 7,000 athletes are expected to compete in 18 sports for 12 days.
Ben Stone blocked for Duke University and represented the USA at the 2019 World Universiade Games in Italy.
“It’s fun to see people give it their all. “It’s different from other sporting events,” Stone said. “Walking through the opening ceremony, people from all over the world, fans are applauding you.”
The Summer FISU World Universiade Games have only been held in the United States once before: in Buffalo, New York, in 1993.
The 2029 Games are expected to bring together fans and athletes from nearly 150 countries and inject more than $150 million into North Carolina’s economy.
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