In Cary, North Carolina, lies a sprawling 150-acre haven that pulsates with the energy of soccer enthusiasts and sports aficionados alike – WakeMed Soccer Park. From its inauguration in the spring of 2002, this premier soccer complex has etched its name as a cornerstone in the soccer community, fostering an undeniable legacy steeped in passion, competition, and boundless athletic zeal.
At the epicenter of this vibrant park stands Sahlen’s Stadium, a majestic arena with a seating capacity of 10,000. Flanked by seven meticulously crafted soccer fields, the park resonates with the echoes of cheers and the thrilling symphony of sporting excellence. Operated and managed by the Town of Cary, this illustrious venue is a testament to the town’s commitment to fostering athletic prowess and community engagement.
WakeMed Soccer Park stands as a proud host to an array of prestigious soccer events. From the prestigious NCAA College Cups to national and international soccer extravaganzas, this hallowed ground has witnessed some of the most thrilling moments in soccer history. It proudly holds the mantle of hosting men’s and women’s ACC soccer tournaments, NCAA College Cups, and riveting U.S. Men’s and Women’s national team friendlies.
Home of Champions
Within the hallowed grounds of WakeMed Soccer Park reside the esteemed home teams – North Carolina Football Club (NCFC) of the United Soccer League (USL) and the revered North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). It’s not just a park; it’s the birthplace of champions, a nucleus that fosters talent and champions gender equality in sports.
A Mecca for Soccer Enthusiasts
But WakeMed Soccer Park is more than just a venue for games; it’s a sanctuary where the heartbeat of soccer resonates. Families gather, friends unite, and strangers become companions, all under the banner of their shared love for the beautiful game. The park’s electric atmosphere and unparalleled camaraderie make it a magnet for soccer enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. Browse around this site.
Guidelines for Entry at WakeMed Soccer Park
Certain items are restricted from being brought into WakeMed Soccer Park during soccer games:
- Artificial noisemakers
- Bags with multiple pockets, including backpacks
- Cameras with detachable lenses
- Drones/unmanned aerial vehicles
- Drink or food of any kind*
- Ice bags
- Illegal substances
- Laser pointers
- Sticks or poles for flags or signs (unless prior approval from Management for recognized purposes)
- Selfie sticks, signs/banners/flags larger than 3′ x 2′ (unless prior approval from Management for recognized purposes)
- Smoke devices/”smoke bombs” (unless prior approval from Management for recognized purposes)
- Soccer balls
- Strollers (large, non-collapsible strollers are not permitted; collapsible strollers are allowed)
- Throwing objects in stands or onto the field
- GoPros and video cameras (hand-held still cameras are allowed)
- Any kind of weapons
Accommodations will be provided for specific cases involving individuals with medical requirements or special needs; they should carry proper documentation or identification. Diaper bags are allowed only when accompanied by an infant.
To ensure the safety of all attendees, guests entering the stadium complex are subject to search in compliance with the law. Refusal to undergo a search may result in denial of admission. Click for more.
In the tapestry of sporting arenas, WakeMed Soccer Park emerges as a masterpiece, weaving together the threads of history, competition, and community. Its legacy extends beyond the boundaries of a mere soccer complex; it is a testament to the unifying power of sport, where dreams are nurtured, legends are born, and the love for the game thrives ceaselessly.