We root for the home team and so can you! Come join us as we cheer our teams on the field, on the ice and on the court. Grab some popcorn and show your spirit.
Carolina Mudcats—Enjoy the seventh-inning stretch at Five County Stadium in Zebulon with the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ll be swinging for the fences when the Mudcats host the 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic on June 19, 2018.
Holly Springs Salamanders—The boys of summer take to the diamond in the Coastal Plain League, a 15-team collegiate league, and the Salamanders showcase local players. The CPL is not affiliated with the Major League, but it offers great exposure. Listen for the distinctive crack of the wooden bats.
National Training Complex—It’s a line drive to Cary for players to hone their skills at the complex, located within the 221-acre Thomas Brooks Park. Home to Team U.S.A., practice and games take place on fields maintained to Major League Baseball standards.
Carolina Hurricanes—From the drop of the puck to the game-winning goal in the waning seconds of overtime, the Hurricanes will keep you on the edge of your seat. Home games are played at the PNC Arena, and Stormy the mascot is always hamming it up for the crowd.
With schedules running from spring through early fall, you’ll get a kick out of top-notch soccer play from the North Carolina Football Club (men) and the Carolina Courage (women). Home matches are played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.
Nowhere is the competition fiercer, the bragging rights more coveted than in collegiate sports. That fervor is on display throughout the Raleigh area.
N.C. State—It seems like it’s always game day with the Wolfpack’s 23 varsity programs. From the first football game played here more than 125 years ago to today’s roster of more than 550 student-athletes, tradition runs deep. Four national championships, numerous conference titles and more than 30 individual national championships.
Meredith College—The NCAA Division III Avenging Angels compete in basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and other sports.
Saint Augustine’s University—NCAA Division II and CIAA member, the Falcons men’s and women’s programs battle in baseball, basketball, football, track & field and more.
Shaw University—The Bears’ fans cheer athletes from the tennis courts to the gridiron, the basketball court to the bowling lanes. NCAA Division II and CIAA.
William Peace University—Show up for the Pacers of NCAA Division III and USA South as they compete in swimming, lacrosse and golf as well as baseball, basketball and soccer.
Wake Technical Community College—The NJCAA Eagles of Wake Tech offer 10 athletic programs including baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball and a cheerleading and mascot team.
Paul Seiler Executive Director and CEO USA Baseball
A hotspot for sports enthusiasts, USA Baseball National Training Complex features an impressive stadium, as well as MLB-standard training fields. Designed to retain a natural, park-like feel, it’s clear the focus is on the game. For players and their fans, playing tournaments and training at the Cary stadium is an experience that’s baseball at its purest.
Get in the game!
Sure, sitting the stands and cheering is great, but for a hands-on experience, gear up and do it yourself. Raleigh, N.C., offers paths, courses, courts and pools to get you in the game.
Made up of 28 individual trails totaling more than 100 miles of paved paths, the City of Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway System is perfect for cyclists, as well as walkers, joggers, runners and skaters. The system, which connects to the North Carolina Museum of Art, William B. Umstead State Park, area universities and more, is highlighted by the Neuse River Trail—a 27.5-mile paved path beginning at Falls Lake State Recreation Area, crossing suspension bridges and traveling through wetlands and agricultural fields as it runs down the eastern edge of the city.
Whether you are trying your hand for the first time or you are a seasoned disc golf player, you’ll find plenty of courses to play in the Raleigh area. Buckhorn Disc Golf Course in Holly Springs is considered the most challenging course in the area. At Cedar Hills Park Disc Golf Course professional and amateur tournaments are held monthly. Community parks in Wendell and Zebulon also have courses.
Everyone in the pool or the lake for water fun. At Pullen Aquatic Center get your laps in at Raleigh’s premier competitive aquatic venue with an indoor 50-meter x 25-yard Olympic pool. In Cary, dive in at the Triangle Aquatic Center with a daily or monthly pass. At Falls Lake outside Wake Forest, there are five swim beaches in the State Recreation Area.
Tennis enthusiasts will find plenty to love.
Cary Tennis Park, one of the largest facilities in the South, features 32 championship courts, including one stadium court and seven covered courts. It’s Game, Set, Match at the expansive
Raleigh Racquet Club with four permanent indoor courts, six wintertime indoor courts, 21 outdoor clay courts and eight outdoor hard courts. Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center keeps the play going with 23 hard-surface courts. Municipal parks throughout the area provide more options.
There’s truth in the saying that a bad day of golf beats a good day at the office. Raleigh, N.C., gives you lots of green options to be bad (and hopefully to be good) with many regulation courses open to the public, long courses and short, modest and hazard-lined fairways and even a spot in Apex open ‘til midnight year-round.
George Williams Athletic Director and Head Track and Field Coach Saint Augustine’s University
During the 42-year coaching career of George Williams, Saint Augustine’s University has earned their reputation as a national track & field powerhouse. Williams’ accolades include the most NCAA track & field championships for any coach, regardless of division, the most NCAA track & field championships at one school as a coach and the most NCAA Division II track & field championships as a coach. He is third in the NCAA with the most championships regardless of the sport.
Williams has coached more than 40 Olympians, including three gold medalists. He was honored in January 2018 as one of the 10 most influential sports figures in the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.) by The News & Observer newspaper.
Get your pulse pounding!
Better check your heart rate after this action. All of this white-knuckle fun is sure to get your blood pumping and your adrenaline spiking.
For the adventurous
Capital City BMX—The racing season lasts all year long at this American Bicycle Association-sanctioned USA BMX track.
516 Dennis Ave., Raleigh,
Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex—Strap on your helmet and grab your board or bike for high-energy fun with 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor skating and biking space.
171 Tradition Trl., Ste. 207, Holly Springs,
Fantasy Lake Scuba Park—Dedicated solely for the enjoyment of scuba divers, a 50-acre crystal lake has depths down to 80 feet.
3601 Quarry Rd., Wake Forest,
Go Ape Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior—Tackle suspended obstacles and epic zip lines for an aerial venture. The junior course works on confidence, problem-solving and balance at a lower height.
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh,
Kids can let their energy loose, jump around and have fun indoors. Great for a rainy day.
• BounceU—3419 Apex Peakway, Apex, 919.303.3368
• Coconut Charlie’s Bump’n Bounce7409 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, 919.307.8495
• DefyGravity—5604 Departure Dr., Ste. 100, Raleigh, 919.948.6700
• Jumpin JoJo’s Open Bounce & Party Center—1839 S. Main St., Ste. 310, Wake Forest, 919.263.1513
• Jumpstreet—1111 Walnut St., Cary, 919.234.0722
• Launching Pad Trampoline Park6421 Hilburn Dr., Raleigh, 919.390.6700
RideButter Wakeboard School—Wish you had the smooth moves on the water? All ages and skill levels are welcome.
4420 Bartley Holleman Rd., New Hill, 910.777.7433
Rodgers Family Skate Plaza at TracksideA 13,000-square-foot, four-tiered skate plaza which mimics street skating conditions and also includes competition skateboarding elements. 1290 Ambergate Station, Apex, 919.249.3402
Rush Hour Karting—The action is all indoors with high-speed karting. Buckle up in a European-designed kart that can reach speeds nearing 40 mph.
5335 Raynor Rd., Garner,
Sk8-Cary Skate Park—An outdoor action sports venue open to the public year-round, ideal for skateboards, inline and quad skates and non-folding scooters.
2040 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary,
Triangle Rock Club—Get your climb on with more than 27,000 square feet of Eldorado walls and walls that span to 55 feet, making the terrain the biggest and tallest in the five nearest states. Hundreds of climbing routes and boulder problems to tackle.
102 Pheasant Wood Ct., Morrisville,
Out of the ordinary
Leave ordinary far behind and reach for the extraordinary! The spirit and dedication of these athletes will inspire you.
Carolina Rollergirls—Cheer for the strong, talented women of roller derby as the Rollergirls compete at locations around the area.
Raleigh Flyers—This is North Carolina Ultimate and not a casual tossing of the Frisbee. Here the play is intense and the players are passionate.
Wake County Speedway—The race is on April through Sept. Catch the action from the grandstands, which include a family section.