We will help you succeed, it's part of our culture.
Bring your sporting event to Louisville, we'll help you celebrate success. We do it on a regular basis. We understand and embrace security, transportation, logistics, people comforts - and fun. It's part of our social fabric, ingrained in our culture.
We have quality facilities, abundant hotels, lots of things to do around town and a great attitude.
Since the Kentucky Derby is the oldest, continuously run sporting event in America - begun in 1875 - we've been in the sports event business longer than any city in the U.S. The late Col. Matt Winn, empresario and longtime president of Churchill Downs who is credited with creating the Derby mystique, understood experiencial sports marketing and entertainment way before anyone else.
Hosting sporting events is what Louisville does best. Louisville has been an ideal location for the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and multiple Senior PGA events. Since the inaugural Ironman Triathlon in 2007, the community has hosted more than 10,000 professional and amateur athletes for the Ironman competition. In 2011, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships returned for a record sixth time to Churchill Downs. In February 2013, Louisville hosted the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships at Eva Bandman Park, the first time the 60-year-old event has been held outside of Europe.
Since 2010, more than 30 NCAA Division I and II regional and national championships have come to Louisville. In 2012 alone, 11 NCAA events were held in Louisville, including the second and third round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championships and the NCAA Division II National Championships Festival where six national champions were crowned in one day.
In recent years, Louisville also has hosted the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics, US Quad Rugby National Championships, National Senior Games, US Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross, US Transplant Games, USA Cycling Masters Nationals, BMX Grand Nationals and the US Footy Championships.