When someone mentions sports in North Carolina, many people immediately think of the Carolina Panthers, or the infamous UNC and Duke basketball rivalry.
Most don’t immediately think of UNC’s incredible field hockey team that’s gone undefeated for two consecutive seasons, or our nationally competitive professional hockey team just down the road from N.C. State. However, that’s something that’s quickly changing with the development of North Carolina’s sports scene.
Earlier this month, the National Hockey League announced that the Carolina Hurricanes would be hosting its first outdoor game next year. This movement is part of the league’s Stadium Series, and the game will be held in Carter-Finley (which may be the only time that stadium is full!).
The arena seats a whopping 57,000 people, and it’s expected to be a massive event, with full attendance and tailgate expected. This game marks the first outdoor hockey game to be hosted in the southeast, and is a huge win for hockey fans and players across the Triangle.
In addition to hockey, Charlotte recently beat out Raleigh to be chosen as a city for expansion for Major League Soccer, and is likely one of the last teams that will be added to the league. The team is owned by David Tepper, who also owns the Carolina Panthers, and is expected to play at the Bank of America Stadium along with the football team.