Cary Sports Venues

Posted on 08/04/10 No Comments

Cary, NC – Real estate is about more than just selling homes. It’s also about selling communities.

Cary is an easy community to sell because it has so much – so many services, programs and organizations enriching the life of the town. Today, the focus is on sports venues.

NCAA Championship City

Sorting events bring millions of dollars in revenue to Wake County and the Triangle every year. Cary is especially well positioned to benefit.

In 2008, Cary earned the designation as one of 6 NCAA Championship cities. Through 2012, Cary will host events including:

  • 2008 Division I Women’s College Cup*
  • 2009 Division I Women’s Basketball Regional*
  • 2009 Division I Men’s College Cup
  • 2010 Division I Women’s College Cup
  • 2010 Division II Baseball Championship
  • 2011 Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships
  • 2012 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships


Town leaders have made a significant effort to build sports infrastructure in Cary. Here’s a list of major venues in town:

Wake Med Soccer Park – Home of the NASL Carolina Railhawks professional soccer club. The park also sees NCAA championship matches, professional lacrosse and includes a nationally reknowned cross-country course, home of The Great American Road Race in the autumn.

USA Baseball – Located in Thomas Brooks Park in western Cary, USA Baseball runs the National Baseball Training Complex. That means the USA National Team trains and plays in Cary. Recently, USA Baseball hosted a series against the Korean national team, winners of the 2008 Olympic gold medal. The National Training Complex truly is Cary’s Field of Dreams.

Cary Tennis Center – 29 courts, including a stadium court for competitions. 2006 USTA “Outstanding Facility” Award Winner and Racquet Sports Industry 2006 Facility of the Year.

Triangle Aquatic Center – at 72,000 square feet, TAC is the largest aquatic facility in North Carolina. It features three pools including a 50 meter competition pool and stadium seating for 1000. TAC was built with private funds but cooperates closely with regional sports organizations and the town.

Great for Kids

World-class sports in Cary have a trickle-down effect on the kids in town.

The Railhawks regularly give clinics at schools and town events. TAC brings in stellar athletes like Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte. High schoolers get to play baseball at the National Training Complex and the Tennis Center is rocking day in and day out.

Cary also has a Sk8 park (half pipe), major golf venues including Lochmere, MacGregor and Prestonwood (home of the SAS Championship) and dozens of private athletic programs in gymnastics, martial arts, hockey, cheer and more.

Play Ball!

When you’re considering a community, Cary stacks up well. Whether you’re an athlete or a fan, Cary’s sports venues are among the best in the nation for a small city.

A complete listing of events in town can be found on the CaryCitizen Calendar of Events. So get out there and play ball!


Photos by Hal Goodtree except Railhawks by Tom Mousseau.

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