Triangle has 50-50 chance of hosting World University Games Competition – WRAL News

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Published: 2022-08-03 19:27:00
Updated: 2022-08-03 19:34:12
Posted August 3, 2022 7:27 p.m. EDT
Updated August 3, 2022 7:34 p.m. EDT
By Rick Armstrong, WRAL Enterprise multimedia journalist
— Our state now has a 50-50 chance to host an event close to the level of the Olympic Games. It’s down to the Triangle and a city in South Korea as the finalists to host the 2027 Summer World University Games.
The Durham Bulls Ball Park could be one of several venues in the state hosting competition on a worldwide scale. That’s where the international site selection delegation visited. “Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a show case for Durham and to have this group here today shows our commitment,” said Marcus Manning, executive director of Durham Sports Commission.
The visitors are now in the state to inspect sport venues and other amenities worthy of hosting the Summer World University Games in 2027. “The facilities and venues that we have here in North Carolina are 2nd to none,” said Dan Guerrero, President of the U.S. International University Sports Federation.
The question is will the winner be South Korea or North Carolina? Hill Carrow, CEO of the NC Bid Committee said, “Number one, this is the World University Games. I think anyone would agree, central North Carolina and this area are hotbeds of collegiate sports.”
Carrow says it’s an opportunity for the state to represent the entire country. It involves more than 150 countries
It involves more than 150 countries and more than 7-thousand athletes competing in 15 sports.
The International University Sport Federation promotes sports performance combined with intellectual pursuits.
If the state wins the bid, it will host events in venues from the Triangle to the Triad that includes sites in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Elon and Greensboro. “We’re pitching our region as North Carolina’s university hub,” said Carrow.
Hosts of the delegation like Dan Guerrero say the visiting site selection group has been impressed with what they have seen. “There are very few places across the country that we feel can accommodate an event the magnitude of the World University Games,” said Guerrero.
The international delegation will make a final decision on the host of the 2027 World University Games on November 12th.
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