Changes to coach, stadium indicate big changes with RailHawks

Posted on 12/06/11 No Comments

WakeMed seeing improvements, RailHawks new coach

Our hometown soccer team is undergoing a number of positive changes. After losing the team’s most successful coach in Martin Rennie to Vancouver of the MLS, the RailHawks announced that one-time World Cup goal scorer and rival coach for the Puerto Rico Islanders, Colin Clarke, will take over as head coach for the 2012 season. Clarke is from Northern Ireland, coached Puerto Rico’s national team and played professionally for 13 seasons.

In addition to changes on the sideline, WakeMed Soccer Park is being renovated to accomodate more fans. It’s also seeing upgrades in its locker room and concessions facilities to bolster its appeal to outside soccer groups, like the NCAA and national exhibition matches. The costs are just over $6 million, which represents a significant commitment on behalf of the City of Cary.

Raleigh and Wake County are also contributing to the construction through a plan that will pay back 50 percent of the costs by 2020. Because of the stadium’s location, all municipalities reap benefits from its events.

All in all, this is a very worthwhile effort for all the communities and citizens involved. WakeMed Soccer Park has proven itself a terrific draw for national organizations and the RailHawks have certainly demonstrated staying power.  The Triangle’s weather helps as well because it allows teams to practice and play in the shoulder seasons while other national venues are closed.

Losing a couple of recent events has helped trigger the motivation to renovate, as has the Triangle’s consistent draw as one the nation’s most respected places to live.

The Cary News has more information on the upgrades.

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