WakeMed Soccer Park

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WakeMed Soccer Park
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Former namesState Capital Soccer Park (2001–2002)
SAS Soccer Park (2002–2007)
Location Cary, North Carolina, U.S.
OwnerWake County
OperatorTown of Cary
Capacity 10,000 [1] [2]
SurfaceNatural Grass
Construction
Broke ground2001
OpenedMay 2002
Construction cost$14.5 million (plus $6.3 million expansion)
ArchitectEnvirotek, Inc.
Tenants
Carolina Courage (WUSA) (2001–2003)
NC State Wolfpack (NCAA) (2002–2007)
North Carolina FC (USLC) (2007–present)
Raleigh Flyers (AUDL) (2015–present)
North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
(2017–present)
North Carolina FC U23 (USL2)
(2002–2009, 2011–present)

WakeMed Soccer Park is a major soccer complex in Cary, North Carolina, United States. Originally opened in 2002 as the home of the Carolina Courage of the WUSA, WakeMed Soccer Park is now the home to North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League and the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League. The North Carolina State Wolfpack men's and women's teams of the ACC play select matches there and the complex regularly hosts major tournaments such as the NCAA College Cup, the ACC Soccer Championships, and the NCHSAA high school state soccer finals.

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Cary, North Carolina Place in North Carolina, United States

Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. Cary is predominantly in Wake County, with a small area in Chatham County in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the county's second-largest municipality, as well as the third-largest municipality in The Triangle of North Carolina after Raleigh and Durham.

Carolina Courage

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Contents

The soccer complex consists of a purpose-built, soccer-specific main stadium, two lighted practice fields, and four additional fields. The main stadium and the two lighted fields (2 & 3) are all FIFA international regulation size (120 by 75 yards (110 m × 69 m)). The main stadium seats 10,000. Field 2 also has 1,000 permanent bleacher seats.

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The complex also sports a full-length, nationally recognized cross-country course and houses the offices of Triangle Professional Soccer.

North Carolina FC soccer team based in the Research Triangle area

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SAS Institute, a Cary-based software company, had naming rights to the soccer park through June 30, 2007 with the option to extend their naming rights for an additional three years. On September 27, 2007, the Town of Cary announced that SAS had not exercised their option on the naming rights and that WakeMed Health & Hospitals had purchased the naming rights to the stadium. Effective January 1, 2008, the stadium became known as WakeMed Soccer Park. The naming rights agreement with Cary is good for three years and cost $300,000 per year. [3]

SAS Institute American IT company

SAS Institute is an American multinational developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. SAS develops and markets a suite of analytics software, which helps access, manage, analyze and report on data to aid in decision-making. The company is the world's largest privately held software business and its software is used by most of the Fortune 500.

WakeMed Health and Hospitals is a 919-bed healthcare system with multiple facilities placed around the metropolitan Raleigh, North Carolina area. WakeMed’s main campus is located on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina. WakeMed serves multiple counties throughout the state and specializes in a variety of services including cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, high-risk pregnancy, children’s care, trauma, physical rehabilitation and critical care transport.

On March 31, 2017, it was announced that Sahlen Packing Company had acquired naming rights to the main stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, thus becoming Sahlen's Stadium. Sahlen's will pay $400,000 over 5 years for the rights, with $100,000 going to the town of Cary and the rest to the North Carolina Courage. [4]

Sahlens

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Construction history

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East Stand Of Renovated Stadium in 2014

WakeMed Soccer Park opened in May 2002 as State Capital Soccer Park. The park is on 150 acres (0.61 km2) that the state of North Carolina has leased to Wake County. Money to build the soccer park came from $14.5 million in county-wide hotel room and prepared food and beverage taxes. The Town of Cary assumed responsibility for operations and maintenance in 2004 from Capital Area Soccer League. On January 26, 2006, the Town of Cary council amended its lease to allow it to sublet the property to Triangle Professional Soccer through the year 2011 for the exclusive promotion of professional soccer and lacrosse events at the complex.

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Wake County, North Carolina U.S. county in North Carolina, United States

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The North Carolina FC Youth is an American soccer club and eponymous league based in Raleigh, North Carolina and serving greater Research Triangle. It is the largest youth-to-professional soccer club in the country.

2011 expansion

In November 2011, the Town of Cary kicked off a $6.3 million expansion project. The finished expansion added 3,000 permanent seats to the 7,000-seat stadium, 1,500 of the seats going to the north end zone and the other 1,500 to upper-level stands on the east side of the stadium. Also added on the east side were a new three-story building to provide restrooms, concessions, and access to the additional seating from the third floor. Team locker rooms were relocated to the ground level of the new structure to allow players direct access to the stadium from midfield and direct access from their team bus to the locker rooms. [5]

Notable events

Cross-country events

The grounds also host multiple high school cross-country races. Including dual meets, high school conference championships, Mid-East Region Championship, and the Nike Team Southeast National Regional meets. The course starts and ends behind the practice fields and runs along the perimeter of the grounds. It is known to give personal bests even with a difficult hill which must be run twice. The course record for the 5k distance is 14:32.2 by Brodey Hasty at the 2016 Great American Cross Country Festival. In recent years it has held the Atlantic Coast Conference's conference championship.

This is the course map: https://web.archive.org/web/20110708121330/http://www.carolinaday.com/meets/2008/2008-nxn-reg-se-course-map.jpg

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The 2011 ACC Men's Soccer Tournament was the 25th edition of the tournament, which determined the men's college soccer champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as the conference's automatic berth into the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. The tournament began on November 7, with N.C. State defeating Virginia Tech 1–0 in a play-in fixture. The ACC Championship was played on November 13 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina with North Carolina defeating Boston College 3–1 in the final.

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The 2017 ACC Women's Soccer Tournament was the postseason women's soccer tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The defending champions were the Florida State Seminoles, but they were eliminated from the 2017 tournament with a 2–1 quarterfinal loss at North Carolina. North Carolina won the tournament with a 1–0 win over Duke in the final. The title was the 21st for the North Carolina women's soccer program, all of which have come under the direction of head coach Anson Dorrance.

The 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Tournament was the 32nd edition of the ACC Men's Soccer Tournament. The tournament decided the Atlantic Coast Conference champion and guaranteed representative into the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. The final was played at Sahlen's Stadium in Cary, NC.

2018 North Carolina Tar Heels mens soccer team

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The 2018 ACC Women's Soccer Tournament was the postseason women's soccer tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The defending champions were the North Carolina Tar Heels. However, North Carolina was unable to defend their crown, losing to Florida State in the final.

2019 NCAA Division I Mens Soccer Tournament

The 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament will be the 61st edition of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament, a postseason tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA Division I men's college soccer. The first four rounds of the competition will be held at the home ground of the higher seed, while the College Cup were held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The championship match is scheduled for December 15, 2019.

The 2019 International Champions Cup Women's Tournament was a tournament of friendly women's association football matches. It was the second edition of the Women's International Champions Cup and took place in Cary, North Carolina, United States, from August 15 to 18, 2019.

References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015.Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "WakeMed Soccer Park – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  3. "Town of Cary and WakeMed Announce Soccer Partnership". Archived from the original on December 28, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2007.
  4. Gargan, Henry. "WakeMed Soccer Park's main stadium gets a name". newsobserver.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017.Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 35°47′10.19″N78°45′18.38″W / 35.7861639°N 78.7551056°W / 35.7861639; -78.7551056

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Home Depot Center
Hermann Stadium
Pizza Hut Park
PPL Park
Men's College Cup host
2005
2007
2009
2014
Succeeded by
Hermann Stadium
Pizza Hut Park
Harder Stadium
Children's Mercy Park
Preceded by
Mike A. Myers Stadium
Aggie Soccer Stadium
Aggie Soccer Stadium
Aggie Soccer Stadium
Torero Stadium
FAU Stadium
Orlando City Stadium
Women's College Cup host
2003–2004
2006
2008
2010
2013
2015
2018
Succeeded by
Aggie Soccer Stadium
Aggie Soccer Stadium
Aggie Soccer Stadium
KSU Soccer Stadium
FAU Stadium
Avaya Stadium
Avaya Stadium