WakeMed Soccer Park
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||North Carolina FC|
|Other names||State Capital Soccer Park (2001–2002), SAS Soccer Park (2002–2007)|
|Construction||2001 - 05/2002|
|Cost||$ 14.5 million (2002), $ 6.3 million (2011)|
|Address||201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary, NC 27511|
Description: WakeMed Soccer Park
Located in a woodland area east of Cary, this football/soccer complex was one of America’s best when opened entirely in 2002. Main stadium was able to hold 7,000 people at that point with single-tiered stands on three sides (north end open). 5 full-sized training fields were built alongside the main one.
First users, unfortunately proving short-term tenants, were the women’s team Carolina Courage and Cary Clarets. Eventually only the NCAA soccer teams of NC State University Wolfpack and NASL side Railhawks managed to stay here longer than 7 years each.
Thinking of the complex’s development, expansion was carried out in 2011, adding 1,500 seats in the north end and a new upper tier with also 1,500 seats on the east side. This way the stadium holds 10,000 people and also has new player facilities added.
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