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The Tar Heel State is home to some of the most storied and iconic college sports programs in America. History has been made here, and it’s easy to be a part of the action.

The state’s biggest campus is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels compete in NCAA Division 1 and have fielded national champions in women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and more – celebrations regularly spill out of stadiums and bars and onto Franklin Street. You can see highly competitive play in baseball at Bryson Field, basketball at the Dean E. Smith Center, and football at Kenan Memorial Stadium – hometown stars have included Michael Jordan!

Not far away, North Carolina State University also competes in Division 1 sports. The Wolfpack have an intense rivalry with the students in Chapel Hill and have won nearly as many titles, including men’s basketball, football, and swimming. Football is played in the grand Carter-Finley Stadium, while basketball takes place in the PNC Arena.

In Durham, Duke University is one of the largest private colleges in the nation and the Blue Devils are fierce Division 1 competitors. Duke teams have won 16 national championships, including in golf, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. The men’s basketball team is one of the most successful in the nation. If you find yourself on Duke’s campus, make sure to stroll by the chapel – it’s gorgeous!

In Winston-Salem, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have won eight national championships and are considered one of the state’s “Big Four” athletic powerhouses. After major victories, students will “roll the quad” – throwing thousands of rolls of toilet paper and streamers of white tissue over the central avenue’s trees. You can see baseball at Gene Hooks Field, while basketball is played Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and football goes down at Groves Stadium.

In Cullowhee, the campus of Western Carolina University is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Athletics at this secluded institution are huge. The Ramsey Center is the scene of basketball and volleyball games, and locals call it “The Lair.” Football is played at E. J. Whitmire Stadium, and the school has a fierce cross-mountain rivalry with Appalachian State.

Appalachian State, in Boone, also has well-regarded teams. The Mountaineers play football in beautiful Kidd Brewer Stadium, while the George M. Holmes Convocation Center is where basketball action happens.

Holmes Center

Make travel plans to visit North Carolina soon. On your agenda, you can include a wide range of excellent outdoor recreations, some premier golf courses to try, and the very best in family-friendly fun. When your visit to NC has you north in the mountains region, be sure to check out the Holmes Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.

The Holmes Center is found at the far eastern end of campus, along Holmes Drive and Blowing Rock Road – a short drive in from Banner Elk. Opened in 2000, the Holmes Center is an 8,325-seat multi-use venue. This venue hosts Appalachian State Mountaineers men's and women's basketball games, and ASU volleyball games.

Jack Coombs Field

Baseball games in North Carolina are always sure to thrill the whole family. Plan your next visit to the Tar Heel State and head for Durham, where you can catch the Duke Blue Devils crush homers and round the bases. The Duke University baseball team plays all home games at Jack Coombs Field, found on campus right next to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Opened for play in 1931, Jack Coombs Field can seat 2,000 fans – it was renovated in 2001 and 2011. The playing surface at Jack Coombs Field is a mix of infield dirt and AstroTurf GameDay Grass. This stadium is named in honor of former Duke baseball coach Jack Coombs. The Duke baseball season starts up in late February and rolls through May.

BB&T Field

Located in Winston-Salem, BB&T Field serves as the proud home field advantage to the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons football team. The stadium was opened in 1968 and seats over 31,000 fans in the Piedmont region on game day.

Some of the perks at BB&T Field include the high-definition score board, measuring in at nearly 4,000 square feet. The stadium is an integral part of a larger complex – adjacent to fellow Wake Forest athletics facilities like Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park and Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium

Catch a ballgame during your next visit to North Carolina. Head to the Piedmont region and visit Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium – otherwise known as, UNC Tar Heels baseball HQ. Though North Carolina offers up an array of must-see attractions and cultural sites you'll not soon forget, UNC Tar Heels baseball is a must for sports fans.

You can find Boshamer Stadium, as it more succinctly known to locals, in Chapel Hill on the UNC campus. Make the quick drive in from nearby Creedmoor or Garner. Boshamer Stadium opened in 1972, replacing, what was at the time the Tar Heels baseball home, Emerson Field. It can seat 4,100 fans come first pitch.

Cameron Indoor Stadium

On the campus of Duke University you'll find Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the Duke basketball since 1940.

As you explore Durham, a pleasant city nestled neatly between Burlington and Raleigh, don't miss out on a charming tour of the campus come game-day. Make the drive in and experience men's and women's Blue Devil basketball.

Cameron Indoor Stadium is a legendary arena on the college sports landscape. Named for former coach Eddie Cameron, Cameron Indoor Stadium seats 9,314 fans (the "Cameron Crazies," as they are called), and plays host to men's and women's basketball, along with men's and women's volleyball.

Enjoy your time exploring the Piedmont region of NC with an exciting visit to Durham and Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Carter-Finley Stadium

The Tar Heel State – culturally diverse and historically important – can yield impressive and memorable adventures for travelers. Plan your next visit and head for the Piedmont region where a stay in Raleigh should yield some excellent, if not raucous, college football fun.

Carter-Finley Stadium is home to the North Carolina State University Wolfpack football team. You can find Carter-Finley Stadium just west of the NC State campus along Trinity Road and Youth Center Drive. Opened in 1966, Carter-Finley Stadium seats 57,583 fans come gameday – plan your next visit for late summer or fall and catch the Wolfpack in action.

Clark-LeClair Stadium

For those who travel to North Carolina, a wide range of experiences and must-visit destinations will be on the agenda. From the historic Civil War sites to the impressive range of State Parks to explore, the Tar Heel State always delivers an A+ experience. Plan your next visit and head for the coast – don't balk on the college baseball in Greenville.

Clark-LeClair Stadium is home field to the East Carolina University Pirates baseball team. Found at the southern end of the ECU campus, Clark-LeClair Stadium opened in 2005, and can seat 3,000 fans. The ECU Pirates baseball season starts up in late February and runs through May of each year.

Doak Field

The list of places to see and things to do in North Carolina seems to be ever-growing. From the family-first attractions around each corner, to the wide range of culturally diverse destinations, the Tar Heel State is a premier vacation spot. Plan your next visit, though, and make it a sporty one – head for Raleigh and check out the NC State baseball team in action.

As one of the most impressive sports venues found in the Piedmont Region, Doak Field is a can't-miss for college baseball fans visiting Raleigh. Home of the NC State Wolfpack baseball team since it opened in 1966, Doak Field can be found right in the heart of campus, and it seats 3,000 fans – don't miss first pitch!

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Of the many impressive and desirable destinations you can explore in North Carolina, along the coast you'll find one sure to impress the whole family. Head for Greenville and check out all the excitement of college football at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, home of the East Carolina University Pirates.

Found right in the heart of the ECU campus, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium seats 50,000 fans, making it North Carolina's third largest football venue. It opened in 1963, and is officially known as Bagwell Field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. As you explore coastal NC during the late summer or fall, be sure to check out an ECU Pirates football game in Greenville.

Gene Hooks Field

Make your next trip to North Carolina a sporting one. Head for Winston-Salem in the Piedmont region, and visit Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park, home of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team. Found east of the Wake Forest campus, this impressive baseball venue has been home to Deacons baseball since 2009.

Gene Hooks Field can seat 6,280 fans during a game, and in the past has been used by different minor league baseball teams. Today, it is the exclusive home of Demon Deacons baseball. You can easily find it along Shorefair Drive, adjacent to both the BB&T Field and the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium

Plan your next visit to North Carolina and head for the mountains region. Once there, you'll want to visit the Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium, home of the Appalachian State University baseball team. While North Carolina has a wide range of excellent places to visit – Civil War sites, excellent golf courses, outdoor recreation – a day of college baseball is a must.

Officially known as Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium, this baseball venue is a premier attraction in the region. It opened in 2007, can seat up to 1,000 faithful fans, and features FieldTurf as it's playing surface, rather than natural grass – one of only a select group of colleges to do so. You can find the Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium at the far west end of campus.

Kenan Memorial Stadium

Of the many impressive and must-see attractions in North Carolina – and the list is long – the one you'll for sure want to explore during your next trip into the Piedmont Region is Kenan Memorial Stadium. Found in Chapel Hill, on the University of North Carolina Campus, Kenan Memorial Stadium plays host to all UNC Tar Heels football games.

Kenan Memorial Stadium has been the home of Tar Heels football since it opened in 1927. It's original seating capacity was a mere 24,000, but today, after a slew of renovations and expansions, it can seat 63,000 raucous 'Heels fans. Make the drive in from nearby Garner or Creedmoor during the late summer and into fall for exciting UNC Tar Heels football games.

Kidd Brewer Stadium

Always filled with memorable experiences, welcoming cities, and a wealth of premier attractions, visits to North Carolina area a blast. You'll want to plan out your next visit to the Tarheel State and head for the northern Mountains region – few places can offer the kind of college football experience quite like Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Found in the city of Boone, a short drive east from Banner Elk, Kidd Brewer Stadium is home to the Appalachian State University football team. It seats a raucous 24,050 fans come gameday, and it was opened in 1962. During your visit to this region of NC, be sure to try and catch a Mountaineers football game – if not some App State Track & Field.

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Home to Demon Deacons basketball, the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a multipurpose venue just north of downtown Winston-Salem. Wake Forest University, found in Winston-Salem, utilizes the Joel Coliseum (as it's more commonly known by locals) for home men's and women's basketball games. It was built in 1989 and named in honor of Medal of Honor winner and Vietnam vet, Lawrence Joel.

Make the drive into Winston-Salem from nearby cities like Greensboro and Jonesville for exciting college basketball action. The college basketball season tips off for most teams in early November and plays out until the following March. Plan your visit into the Piedmont region and the Winston-Salem area accordingly and check out the thrills of Demon Deacon basketball.

Minges Coliseum

North Carolina is hardly lacking in things to do and see – from the historic Civil War sites to the family-friendly adventures around nearly every corner, the Tar Heel State is a premier destination for travelers. Make plans to visit soon and head for the coast – a stay in Greenville should in order, where you can catch the ECU Pirates men's and women's basketball teams in action.

Head for the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, found right in the heart of campus adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. With a seating capacity of 8,000, you're sure to land a ticket come basketball season – typically November through February. Minges Coliseum was opened in 1968, and renovated in 1994.

Wallace Wade Stadium

With an always-raucous environment fueled by the 40,000-seat capacity, Wallace Wade Stadium is a premier college football destination in North Carolina. Head for Durham, in the Piedmont region, and you'll find this impressive horse shoe-shaped stadium on the Duke University campus, a short drive from Creedmoor.

Opened in 1929, Wallace Wade Stadium featured an original seating capacity of 35,000 when it was named Duke Stadium. Over the years, a number of renovations and expansions have helped to elevate Wallace Wade Stadium, renamed in 1967, to one of the best college football experiences in the country. Plan your visit for late summer and into the fall.