No, each city has more than enough facilities and guest rooms to host major sports events. Occasionally, a group will find it convenient to hold an event in Chapel Hill with guest rooms in Durham because the two are located closer together than Durham and Raleigh. All but megasized groups find the commuting distances too far to attempt to hold a multicity event across the Triangle. In fact, even groups like the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games did it for novelty; the event could have been hosted solely in Raleigh and its suburbs or by Durham and Chapel Hill combined.
Sports events can have a huge impact on a community, improving quality of life for residents, increasing visitor-related spending, and increasing the potential for a residual "billboard" effect. But economists have long encouraged a cautious approach to estimating the impact of mega-events. Click here to see the criteria and process used regionally when deciding to bid on multicity mega-events.
Durham will decline because of scheduling conflicts, because the events aren't manageable, or because they aren't a good fit in terms of size. DCVB is also not able to underwrite sporting groups or pay bid fees and will decline to bid if either of these are a requirement, unless a different source of underwriting has been identified.
The famous Durham Bulls, Triple-A International League baseball champions (2009) and affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, play at downtown's Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Duke University Blue Devil championship teams call Durham home and play at such venues as the fabled Cameron Indoor Stadium. The North Carolina Central University Eagles, whose athletic program gained membership to NCAA Division I in 2011, play home games in facilities just south of Downtown Durham, including McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium.
At 35,000 seats, Duke University's Wallace Wade Stadium is the largest sports facility in Durham.
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and former MLB star Chipper Jones played for the Durham Bulls, and fellow Hall of Famer Dick Groat played for the Duke Blue Devils. Dewayne Washington joined the NFL, and Rodney Rogers, Christian Laettner, Danny Ferry, and Grant Hill moved on to the NBA. Roger Craig, the only person to play, coach, and manage in the World Series, is from Durham. Sam Jones, the first African American to be drafted by the NBA in the first round, once played at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and David Young, an NCCU standout, moved on to the NBA Draft. The list goes on and on.