The North Carolina Organizing Committee or NCOC is the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) responsible for planning, development, and execution of the 2029 FISU World University Games. The NCOC is a North Carolina non-profit corporation led by a professional staff, Board of Directors, and several committees.
The World University Games are the world's second-largest global Olympic multisport event, behind only the Summer Olympics. The international governing body for the Games, the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, the home of numerous international sports organizations and the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.
As the name would suggest, the World University Games include the top collegiate athletes from around the world, which makes North Carolina’s University Hub Region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, and Greensboro, NC), with its 19 colleges and universities and more than 260,000 college students, an ideal host community for the Games. The Games will be held over a 12 to 13 day period in July of 2029 at more than 40 venues. The World University Games include a Cultural Program, an Education Program, and a World Conference in addition to the sports events and ceremonies.
The World University Games have significant positive impacts on a host city, from the in-person visits of the 10,000+ participants and 600,000 spectators from more than 150 countries to the more than 3,000 hours of broadcast coverage to over 400 million viewers worldwide. Demonstrated economic impacts of the Games have been measured to range between $150 million to more than $370 million.
The bid process for a global event of this stature is a monumental task! The bid process actually began in 2018 with initial communications between the Triangle Sports Commission (TSC) and the United States International University Sports Federation (USIUF) [since rebranded as UniUSA], the U.S. member of FISU.
After three years of work, on February 17, 2021, North Carolina was selected by the USIUSF to be their Host City Partner in America’s bid for the World University Games. That same day the USIUSF sent a formal Letter of Intent to Bid to FISU, indicating the United States’ intentions to bid on, and host, the FISU World University Games.
The international phase of the bid process for the Games began on September 1, 2021. The window for interested cities to enter the bid competition closed on January 31, 2022, and in early February, FISU announced that North Carolina/USA was confirmed as a Bid Finalists for the Games.
By the time the bid concluded, the North Carolina Bid Committee (NCBC) was comprised of over 1,000 individuals, 53 sponsors, 29 individual contributors, over 50 national and regional supporting organizations, 5 cities, 5 counties, and 13 colleges and universities who helped with, supported, and led the initiative to attract the World University Games to North Carolina.
On January 10, 2023, in Lake Placid, New York, the FISU Executive Committee voted unanimously to award the 2029 FISU World University Games to North Carolina USA. Altogether, the bid process from beginning to end took over 5 years!
Join the Team!
The Games will now be a major effort, but anyone with a strong interest in, and passion for, the cause can get involved. Support can range from volunteer assistance to financial contributions. Feel free to explore our website to learn more about the WUG effort and where you can contribute best.