Hold your sporting event in Kinston, NC the destination where some say there is something in the water that “grows sports talent”!

Known as the Basketball Heaven of the United States, Kinston, is the greatest producer of National Basketball Association players in America, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell (NBA), Brandon Ingram (NBA New Orleans Pelicans), Jerry Stackhouse (NBA), Mitchell Wiggins (NBA) Tony Dawson (NBA), Cedric Maxwell (NBA), Charles Shackleford (NBA) Reggie Bullock (NBA), Mitchell Wiggins (NBA) and basketball is not Kinston’s only claim to fame. Kinston boasts a 70-year history of professional baseball at Grainger Stadium producing Major League Baseball players decades,George Suggs (MLB pitcher, Chris Hatcher (MLB pitcher), and Carter Capps (MLB pitcher). Let’s not leave out Kinston’s contribution to the National Football: Quinton Coples (NFL), Dwight Clark (NFL), Ron Wooten (NFL), Lin Dawson (NFL).

You will find that Kinston folks will make you feel welcome and “roll out the red carpet” to provide both sports and visitors experience that will make you come back to Kinston year after year!

Feature Venue – Experience America’s favorite sport at Historic Grainger Stadium. The stadium is the current home of the Down East Wood Ducks. The Down East Wood Ducks are a Minor League Baseball team of the Carolina League and an owned-and-operated Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers.


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Scott Alston
(252) 939-3332

Josh Bass
(252) 939-3332

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