10 Sporting Events to See In Charleston


Whether you’re a hockey fanatic, football lover, or basketball fiend, Charleston has a lot to offer in terms of athletics. Both dedicated sports fans or those seeking a fresh way to enjoy the Holy City will enjoy these ten must-see sporting events in Charleston. Get your spirit on and enjoy the game!

The Bulldogs, representing The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, have competed in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and the Southern Conference, making them a force to be reckoned with in terms of college football. The school’s teams is also affiliated with the Southern Conference since 1936 and sponsors 14 men and women’s varsity sporting teams. Playing their home games at the historic Johnson Hagood Stadium, the Bulldogs attract a fan base that includes students, alumni, and military personnel. Over the years, the Bulldogs have claimed multiple conference titles and made several playoff appearances.

View Citadel 2024 schedule

The South Carolina Stingrays are a professional minor league hockey team based in North Charleston and members of the East Coast Hockey League. They have received multiple Kelly Cup championships and consistently perform as one of the leagues’ top teams. They call the North Charleston Coliseum home and are one of the two ice hockey teams in the state. View their website for more information about how to score tickets for their next game!

View Stingrays 2024-2025 Schedule

Despite having no American football team, the College of Charleston Cougars know how to show school spirit for their basketball team. The Cougars have built a strong reputation by competing in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and home games are held right in the heart of downtown Charleston at the TD Arena. Their participation in conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances continues to be a source of pride for the college and the community.

Sponsored by the Charleston Running Club, the annual Charlie Post 15K/5K Run is held in memorial of Dr. Charlie Post. Post was a well known athlete and physician, known for devoting his time and medical expertise to the Charleston Running Club. The annual race is divided by age category and skill level, making it an accessible way for everyone to get involved with the Charleston community. For more information about the race, visit their website to make sure you don’t miss it!

The Charleston Riverdogs are a minor league baseball team and plays with the South Atlantic League. They are affiliates of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and call the Joseph Riley Jr. Park home, which they’ve affectioned nicknamed “Joe.” Known best for their quirky promotions, family entertainment, and rowdy atmosphere, they are an integral part of the Charleston sports scene. For information about their schedule and ticket pricing , visit their website! 

Sponsored by the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, Lowvelo is an annual cycling event held in Charleston, SC. Lowvelo caters to various skill levels, offering five different bicycle routes to participate in, each offering a unique perspective of the city. In addition, they offer virtual viewing options for those who are not able to be in attendance. Lowvelo, while an annual tradition, has many events throughout the year, all fulfilling their mission of providing cancer awareness. If you’re a cycler who enjoys supporting a cause, check out their website for more information about how you can get involved!

The Charleston Battery Soccer team is the oldest continuously operating professional soccer club in the United States. Home games are played at the Patriot’s Point Soccer Stadium, attracting visitors and locals alike in the Charleston area. Winning multiple league championships, they’ve proven themselves worth watching and a true force to be reckoned with in the world of soccer. For more information about their schedule and ticket pricing, visit https://seatgeek.com/charleston-battery-tickets

Charleston Race Week is an annual premier sailing event that has grown to be the largest and most prestigious sailing event on the continent. With the best scenery, the Charleston Harbor, the race offers competition across multiple skill levels, from amateur to professional sailors. The fun doesn’t end after each race, as the event goes into the evening for the duration of the week until all 2,500 sailors have competed, representing 27 states and 7 countries.

The Lowcounty Splash is an annual open-water swimming race in Charleston. With an option of a 2.4 or a 6.0 mile swim, the event caters to different skill sets. Starting on the Mount Pleasant Shoreline, going underneath the Cooper Bridge, and finishing in front of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, swimmers get a taste of multiple of the cities most beautiful scenery. The Lowcountry Splash attracts swimmers from over 30 states and 3 countries, all in celebration of the regions aquatic heritage and beauty.

Dedicated to honoring the legacy of Charles D. Foster, this tournament attracts golfers from across the region. Hosted by the Citadel African-American Alumni Association, paritipcants can enjoy not only the challenge of the course, by celebrate the life of a beloved member of the golfing community in the low country.  Tournament proceeds are given back to the community through charities, honoring Foster’s dedication to making Charleston a better place for all.


Written by Alexis Boatner

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