North Carolina FC has called Cary, NC home for over a decade. Cary is a town located in the heart of the Triangle region in central North Carolina.
The lower right point of the NCFC star, in the shape of the geographical Triangle area, stands alone to place emphasis on the club’s location.
The Triangle is the well-known region anchored by the state’s three core universities-- North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
With a population of 2,726,000, the Triangle is the second largest metropolitan area in North Carolina behind Charlotte, and the Raleigh-Durham television market is the 25th largest in the country as of 2015-2016.
North Carolina FC is joined by the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League and the Durham Bulls, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate of Minor League Baseball, as the three professional sports teams in the Triangle.
WakeMed Soccer Park sits a mile off of Interstate 40, the nation’s third largest interstate that connects Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA. The stadium is centrally located just two hours from the NC coast and three hours from the NC mountains.
The downtown areas of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are continuously developing to keep up with the Triangle’s booming population. Downtown Raleigh visitors can enjoy over 50 bars and pubs, while Red Hat Amphitheatre draws in thousands of music fans to concerts each year. North Carolina State University in Raleigh is the state’s largest university with over 34,000 enrolled undergraduates.
Downtown Durham paves Tobacco Road with it’s glimmering renovations and amazing restaurants. The Durham Bulls’ stadium sits in the heart of its city’s downtown area and the Durham Performing Arts Center brings big-name broadways to town monthly.
The Triangle is also home to the nation’s oldest public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC-Chapel Hill has the most NCAA national championships in the state with 42 as of 2016.
The Research Triangle Park is the largest research park in the country. Surrounded by elite universities, RTP is filled with brilliant minds coming together to prompt innovation and discovery. There are over 200 companies at RTP with over 50,000 people of expertise, making the Triangle one of the most educated regions in America.
Major employers in the Triangle area include American Airlines, Bayer, Cisco Systems, IBM, SAS Institute, Lenovo, LabCorp, PNC and Progress Energy. RDU International Airport offers service to 41 destinations and is a focus city for Delta Airlines.
The stadium is surrounded by these larger cities that make up the Triangle, but Cary has accolades of its own as well. Cary offers a small-town feel while sitting just miles from the state’s capital.
Cary has been dubbed “Championship City” as the town has hosted dozens of national and international sports competitions. State-of-the-art facilities in Cary include WakeMed Soccer Park and cross country course, Cary Tennis Park and USA Baseball National Training Complex. Prestonwood Country Club golf course is also home to the SAS Championship, a stop on the PGA Champions Tour.
Cary is home to over 150,000 North Carolinians and steadily grows each year. As Cary is unique on it’s own, it is seamlessly integrated into the larger Triangle region. North Carolina FC is proud to call the Triangle home.