Carter-Finley Stadium is a great place for Raleigh metropolitan area sports fans to go. It features the Wolfpack football team as well as other sports- including soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and track & field. Home games are played at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturdays during the fall season with occasional Thursday night games. The stadium has plenty of seats available for visitors with about 50,000 total seats with an additional 20 luxury suites located on the west side of the stadium.
The stadium's history
began in 1966 when the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees approved funds for its construction. The stadium was completed in time for the start of the 1968 season and held its first game on September 14th against East Carolina University. The original cost of the stadium was about $ million, which would be equivalent to almost $ million today.
The Carter-Finley Stadium has seen many changes over the years, including a new press box in 1972 and additional seating added to accommodate more fans. Renovations also took place in 1987 with updates made to the home locker room, coaches offices and training facilities as well as adding new concession areas. More renovations were completed after 2001 when it was determined that improvements were needed to bring the stadium up to current ACC standards.
Luxury suites were added in 2001 with the stadium capacity increasing to 52,000 seats. The suites are available in two locations on both sides of the field and may be rented by outside parties for any game day or other special event throughout the year.
The most recent renovations at Carter-Finley Stadium occurred in 2009 when a new video board was installed above one end zone. This board is the largest in the ACC at 55 feet high and 114 wide, which includes a 15 by 20-foot area for advertisements.
The Wolfpack football team has been playing here since 1968 when they beat East Carolina University, 27 to 16. Since then, it's hosted thousands of games with many exciting finishes over its history. One game that will always be remembered was on November 26th, 2005 when the NC State Wolfpack played Florida State University for the ACC championship. Trailing by 14 points with just over two minutes to play, quarterback Philip Rivers led the Wolfpack on a furious comeback to win and earn a trip to the Orange Bowl.
The Carter-Finley Stadium is a great place for sports fans of all ages and provides a great atmosphere for watching some of the best college football in the country. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Raleigh!
The University's website at https://gopack.com/sports/2015/4/27/Tickets.aspx to check information about parking locations near campus that are accessible from three different directions: Research Triangle Park (RTP), Hillsborough Street or Western Boulevard. This allows fans to park at locations close enough to walk, drive or take the Wolf line bus.
Carter-Finley Stadium is located at 4600 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, United States.
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