CHARLOTTE – Charlotte will again be the site of major professional and amateur sporting events. Below are some of the more prestigious events that will be coming to the Queen City in 2019.
NBA All-Star Game
Feb. 15-17, Spectrum Center
The 68th annual NBA All-Star Game returns to the Queen City with more than 150 events, some of which are ticketed. Individual tickets to the NBA All-Star Game do not go on sale.
While the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game is already sold out, tickets are still available for the Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars Game on Feb. 15 at the Spectrum Center. The game features the NBA’s top rookies and sophomores.
NBA All-Star at The Epicentre runs Feb. 15 to 17 from noon to 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Activities include player appearances, art and memorabilia displays, apparel customization and panel discussions.
Visit www.nbaevents.com for tickets.
CIAA Basketball Tournament
Feb. 25 to March 2, Charlotte
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the nation’s oldest African American athletic conference, will showcase its 13-member institutions, including its newest, Claflin University.
The 24-game tournament tips off in Bojangles’ Coliseum on Feb. 25 and continues through Feb. 27. The action moves to Spectrum Arena on March 1 and culminates in the men’s and women’s championship games on March 2.
Ranked No. 3 among the most attended and anticipated NCAA events, the CIAA Basketball Tournament brought over 150,000 fans to Charlotte in 2018 during the week of competition with an economic impact of $50.5 million.
WWE Smackdown Live
Feb. 26, Spectrum Center
WWE Smackdown Live is coming to Charlotte as the sports entertainment promotion prepares for its peak pay-per-view season.
The event follows one month after the Royal Rumble and could lay the groundwork for major storylines heading into FastLane on March 10 and Wrestlemania 35 on April 7.
Some of WWE’s top performers may be competing, including the WWE Champion Daniel Bryan, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, The Miz, Shinsuke Nakamura, “The Man” Becky Lynch, the Queen City’s own Charlotte Flair and many more.
Visit www.spectrumcentercharlotte.com or www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.
ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament
March 12-16, Spectrum Center
The Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament returns to Charlotte during a season in which the conference is among the most competitive in the nation.
Duke, Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State were nationally ranked heading into 2019. Rosters include NBA-caliber talent, such as Duke’s Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.
Tickets are available at several ticket agencies.
Queen’s Cup Steeplechase
April 27, Brooklandwood Race Course
Some of the best horses, trainers and jockeys will be on hand for the 24th edition of the Queen’s Cup. And the tailgating options keep getting better at one of the top sporting and social events in the Southeast.
A crowd of nearly 20,000 attended last year’s Queen’s Cup. The event benefited the local Alzheimer’s Association for the fifth-consecutive year. The Queen’s Cup has donated more than $800,000 to various charities over the years.
The nonprofit Queen’s Cup is part of the National Steeplechase Association and one of around 30 races scheduled across the country from March to November.
Visit www.queenscup.org/tick ets/ for tickets.
Well Fargo Championship
April 29 to May 5,
Quail Hollow Club
Jason Day is expected to return to the Wells Fargo Championship to defend his 2018 title, and many of the world’s top golfers are expected in the field of one of the PGA Tour’s top tournaments.
Charlotte resident Johnson Wagner finished in a tie for 13th-place last year, while Quail Hollow resident Webb Simpson, who won the 2018 Player’s Championship, tied for 22nd.
The Wells Fargo Championship, on behalf of Champions for Education, gave more than $1.5 million in donations last year to Charlotte-area organizations. In 16 years, Champions for Education has contributed $22 million to charities.
Visit www.wellsfargochampion ship.com/tickets/ground-tickets for tickets.
NASCAR All-Star Race &
May, Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Monster Energy NASCAR Series arrives in Charlotte for back-to-back weeks of racing with the All-Star Race on May 18 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.
Kyle Busch won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2018. He won the pole and led 378 of 400 laps in winning all four stages of the race.
During Coca-Cola 600 weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will hold its Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Energy Series will return to the speedway Sept. 29 for the Bank of America ROVAL 400.
Visit www.charlottemotor speedway.com/events/ for tickets.
Gold Cup Soccer
June 23, Bank of America Stadium
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced last fall that top-ranked Mexico is the seeded team in Group A that will play in a Charlotte doubleheader as part of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The schedule will be announced later this year once all nations have qualified via the Concacaf Nations League Qualifier.
To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for the tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round, which are Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S.
Visit https://thisisours.goldcup.org for tickets.
Belk College Kickoff Classic
Aug. 31, Bank of America Stadium
The second Mack Brown era of North Carolina football will begin in the Queen City when the Tar Heels face South Carolina in the Belk College Kickoff Classic.
The 67-year-old Brown coached the Tar Heels from 1988 to 1997, and his last two teams finished in the top 10 nationally. He went on to spend 16 seasons at Texas, where he won the national championship in 2005. Brown left Texas in 2013, and had been working in broadcasting before being named the head coach at North Carolina in November.
Visit www.belkcollegekickoff.com/tickets/ for tickets.
Charlotte has hosted a college football bowl game since 2002, and it has been called the Belk Bowl since 2011.
The game will again be played in 2019 with teams from the ACC and SEC squaring off.
There has been speculation that a third conference could be added to the mix of participating conferences.
The date for the 2019 game has not yet been announced. Virginia defeated South Carolina in the 2018 Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 at Bank of American Stadium.
FanFest coincides with the bowl, giving fans the chance to tailgate, as well as take in some live music, food and drink prior to kickoff.