The Durham Sports Commission is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create economic and social impact by leading the community's efforts to attract, support, and promote youth, amateur, collegiate, and professional sporting and recreational events. The DSC is governed by a Board of Directors that is made up of nine members appointed by the City of Durham, Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Durham County. The DSC was established in August 2016.
The DSC is funded in part by the City of Durham and Durham County Occupancy Tax funds, along with individual sponsors and corporate partnerships. These funds are used to help local events grow, as well as bid on or sponsor external events choosing Durham as their host community. Executive Director Ashleigh Bachert currently leads the DSC.
Our focus is on three areas right now:
The DSC offers a wide range of services from assisting with negotiated hotel rates to marketing your event and providing funding. To determine what services are available for your sports event, please contact the Durham Sports Commission. There will be an application process for those requesting funding and the form will be sent to you on request.
For those wishing to volunteer at sporting events supported by the Discover Durham, please contact the Wayfinder program to learn more. For those interested in serving on the DSC Board of Directors, check for vacancies posted on the City of Durham's and Durham County's websites.
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 40,000 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.