Carter–Finley Stadium

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Carter-Finley Stadium
"The Carter"
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Aerial view of the stadium, November 2007
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Carter-Finley Stadium
Location in North Carolina
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Carter-Finley Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesCarter Stadium (1966-1979)
Location4600 Trinity Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
Coordinates 35°48′3″N78°43′10″W / 35.80083°N 78.71944°W / 35.80083; -78.71944 Coordinates: 35°48′3″N78°43′10″W / 35.80083°N 78.71944°W / 35.80083; -78.71944
Owner North Carolina State University
Operator North Carolina State University
Capacity 57,583 (2006–present) [1]
57,500 (2005)
56,800 (2004)
53,800 (2003)
51,500 (1992–2002)
47,000 (1984–1991)
45,600 (1974–1983)
41,000 (1966–1973)
SurfaceTifway 419 Bermuda Grass (sidelines are artificial turf)
Construction
Broke groundDecember 14, 1964 [2]
OpenedOctober 8, 1966 [3]
Renovated2006
Expanded1992, 2003-2005
Construction cost$3.7 million
($28.6 million in 2018 dollars [4] )
ArchitectMilton Small and Associates [5] & Charles H. Kahn (original 1966 stadium)
Corley Redfoot Architects, Inc. (all additions and renovations since 2001)
Structural engineerLHC Structural Engineers (since 2001)
General contractorL.E. Wooten and Co. [5]
Tenants
NC State Wolfpack football (NCAA) (1966–present)
Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks (WLAF) (1991)

Wayne Day Family Field at Carter–Finley Stadium is home to the NC State Wolfpack football team. It was opened in 1966 [6] and has grown to a seating capacity of 57,583 seats.

NC State Wolfpack intercollegiate sports teams of North Carolina State University

The NC State Wolfpack is the nickname of the athletic teams representing North Carolina State University. The Wolfpack competes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports since the 1953–54 season. The athletic teams of the Wolfpack compete in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports. NC State is a founding member of the ACC and has won eight national championships: two NCAA championships, two AIAW championships, and four titles under other sanctioning bodies. Most NC State fans and athletes recognize the rivalry with the North Carolina Tar Heels as their biggest.

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History

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Carter-Finley Stadium

As early as the 1950s, State was looking to replace its on-campus facility, Riddick Stadium. The concrete-and-wood stadium had been built in 1907 and was showing its age. It never held more than 23,000 seats (14,000 permanent) at any time. Partly because of this, many of longtime coach Earle Edwards' teams played more games on the road than at home. At Edwards' urging, school officials began a concerted effort to build a more modern facility [7] [8]

Riddick Stadium was a college football stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, and home to the North Carolina State University Wolfpack football team. When the stadium was first opened, it was referred to as "New Athletic Park". Later it was named Riddick Field and then Riddick Stadium, after W. C. Riddick, N.C. State football coach during the 1898 and 1899 seasons. The Wolfpack baseball team also played its home games in the stadium prior to moving to Doak Field.

Earle Edwards American football player and coach

Earle Edwards was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at North Carolina State University from 1954 to 1970, compiling a record of 77–88–8. Edwards is the longest tenured coach in NC State Wolfpack football history and holds the program records for games coached, wins, and losses. His teams won five Atlantic Coast Conference titles and made two Liberty Bowl appearances. Four times he was named the ACC Coach of the Year.

The new stadium finally opened in 1966. It was originally named Carter Stadium, in honor of Harry C. & Wilbert J. "Nick" Carter, both graduates of the university. They were major contributors to the original building of the stadium. The name of Albert E. Finley, another major contributor to the university, was added in September 1979. [9]

While located on University land, the stadium is a few miles to the west of the academic campus on Trinity Road, just off Hillsborough Street.

Hillsborough Street

Hillsborough Street is a business and cultural thoroughfare through Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The street serves as a center for social life among North Carolina State University and Meredith College students.

Carter–Finley Stadium's season tickets have been sold out for nine straight years.

Carter–Finley Stadium has the smallest clearance between the stands and the sidelines of any stadium in the ACC.

Retired numbers displayed on the west facade of Carter–Finley Stadium include those of Roman Gabriel (18), Torry Holt (81), Philip Rivers (17), Bill Yoest (63), Dennis Byrd (77), Dick Christy (40), Jim Ritcher (51), Ted Brown (23), Mario Williams and Bradley Chubb (9); and Russell Wilson (16). Carter–Finley also displays banners from NC State's Bowl appearances which include the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Liberty Bowl.

Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr. is a former American football player. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback and is considered by many fans to have been one of the best players at that position during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was the second overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft and played for the Los Angeles Rams for eleven seasons, then five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is notable for being the first NFL quarterback of Filipino-American descent.

Torry Holt American football player, wide receiver

Torry Jabar Holt is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and retired with the 10th most receiving yards, including a record six consecutive seasons with 1,300 yards. He played college football at North Carolina State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and spent the next ten years with the Rams and is remembered as one of the members of the "Greatest Show on Turf."

Philip Rivers American football quarterback

Philip Michael Rivers is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina State. He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft with the fourth overall pick by the New York Giants, who traded him to the Chargers for their first overall pick, quarterback Eli Manning. Rivers has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013.

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Carter–Finley Stadium during NCSU Game

Renovations

Prior to the 2001 season, the university began a program of modernization of the stadium by enclosing the southern end zone with seats, and the state-of-the-art Murphy Center (named for Wendell Murphy) was built behind it. Following the 2004 football season, Carter–Finley was again expanded with the completion of the "Vaughn Towers", a complex of luxury boxes, club seats, and media facilities which opened for the 2005 football season. [10]

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Carter-Finley Stadium

For the 2006 season, a new north end zone grandstand was added consisting of 5,730 new chairback, bench, and handicap-accessible seating with another 1,630 permanent bleacher seats built underneath the video scoreboard making Carter–Finley a bowl and giving it a capacity of 57,583 spectators. Additional upgrades to the stadium included a new north end zone plaza with concession stands and the addition of two video screens in each corner of the south end zone.

Notable events

Concerts

DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceRevenueNotes
May 4, 1988 Pink Floyd N/A A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 42,982 / 42,982$866,576
July 27, 1989 The Who N/AThe Kids Are Alright Reunion TourN/A
September 16, 1989 The Rolling Stones Living Colour Steel Wheels Tour 52,881 / 52,881$1,506,393
July 10, 1990 Grateful Dead N/A
July 22, 1990 Paul McCartney N/A The Paul McCartney World Tour N/A
May 10, 1994Pink FloydN/A The Division Bell Tour 46,656 / 48,000$1,597,283
September 7, 1994The Rolling Stones Lenny Kravitz Voodoo Lounge Tour 38,738 / 38,738$1,797,502
May 30, 1998 George Strait N/A45,536 / 45,536$1,507,720
July 4, 1998 Jimmy Buffett Little Feat Don't Stop The Carnival Tour45,287 / 45,287$1,524,695
October 3, 2009 U2 Muse U2 360° Tour 55,027 / 55,027$4,962,240This was the first time the venue had hosted a similar event, since the modernization of the stadium. [11]
July 1, 2015The Rolling Stones The Avett Brothers Zip Code Tour 40,428 / 40,428$7,947,996 [12]
May 3, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 38,292 / 38,292$4,810,620The first solo female to headline a concert in the stadium. [13] During the show, the stadium was evacuated during the middle of the concert after lightning had been spotted in the area. The show later resumed after almost an hour. [14]

Soccer

On July 28, 2011, the World Football Challenge held an exhibition match between Juventus of Italy's Serie A, and Guadalajara Chivas of Mexico's Primera Division at the stadium. [15]

See also

Related Research Articles

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The NC State Wolfpack football team represents North Carolina State University in the sport of American football. The Wolfpack competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Prior to joining the ACC in 1953, the Wolfpack were a member of the Southern Conference. As a founding member of the ACC, the Wolfpack has won seven conference championships and participated in 31 bowl games, of which the team has won 17, including eight of their last eleven. NC State is currently coached by Dave Doeren.

The 2012 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolfpack were led by sixth year head coach Tom O'Brien and played their home games at Carter–Finley Stadium. They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack participated in the Music City Bowl and were defeated by Vanderbilt 24–38.

The 2001 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Chuck Amato. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 2001 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 2014 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was the team's second season under head coach Dave Doeren. They finished the season 8–5, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the St. Petersburg Bowl where they defeated UCF.

The 1998 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season with Mike O'Cain as its head coach. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1998 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1996 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Mike O'Cain. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1996 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1994 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Mike O'Cain. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1994 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1992 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Dick Sheridan. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1992 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 2015 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was their third season under head coach Dave Doeren. They were a member of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Belk Bowl where they lost to Mississippi State.

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The 1988 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Dick Sheridan. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1988 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1984 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Tom Reed. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1984 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1982 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Monte Kiffin. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1982 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1980 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Monte Kiffin. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1980 at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 1978 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Rein. NC State has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the league's inception in 1953. The Wolfpack played its home games in 1978 at Carter Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, which has been NC State football's home stadium since 1966.

The 2018 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolfpack played their home games at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina and competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by sixth-year head coach Dave Doeren. They finished the season 9–4, 5–3 in ACC play to finish in third place in the Atlantic Division. They received a bid to the Gator Bowl where they were defeated by Texas A&M.

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