Play in Gaston County

Gaston County offers an abundance of rivers, gentle hills, creek valleys and isolated mountain ridges that make it an ideal destination for those who love the great outdoors.


While its natural features are certainly a draw for outdoor activities and adventure sports, there’s always a game of some kind when you’re coming to the region, which has an established pedigree for hosting tournaments. Downtown Belmont, located on the east side of the county, hosted the Santa Hustle North Carolina Half Marathon & 5K in December of 2019, while Harper Park to the north in Stanley hosted the NC Dixie Majors State Baseball Tournament in July of 2019. The Belmont Abbey College Crusaders compete in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas and stage events throughout the spring and fall athletic seasons.


If you’re in town for an event, consider a stay at any of Gaston County’s fine lodging accommodations, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hampton by Hilton.

Sports Venues

Team sports are part of the fabric of Gaston County. Let us host your next tournament, competition or championship. Choose from multi-field venues like George Poston Park, Martha Rivers Park, Ferguson Park and Dallas Park. Sims Legion Park (a minor league baseball stadium for decades), is also available, while Gastonia is building a multi-purpose stadium that holds 5,000 people in its downtown entertainment district. The stadium will host baseball, softball and other youth sports.

Recent Events
  • Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championship Qualifier
    (September 21-22, 2019) – Poston Pump Track

  • Santa Hustle North Carolina Half Marathon & 5K
    (December 14, 2019) – Downtown Belmont

  • Southeast Paddle Sport Championship Series – Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie
    (August 23, 2019) – Catawba River/Lake Wylie

  • NC Dixie Majors State Baseball Tournament
    (July 13-18, 2019) – Harper Park

  • NCISAA Division II State Track & Field Championship
    (May 17-18, 2019) – Gaston Christian School

  • NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinals
    (May 11, 2019) – Belmont Abbey College

  • G Pro Tour Gaston Championship
    (August 13-15, 2019) – Gaston Country Club

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