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Choose from NCAA Sports to Soccer & the NBA
From the Appalachian Mountains to the Piedmont and out to the coast, your next trek across North Corolina will be met with a stunning landscape of exciting sports action. NCAA programs like Duke University and the University of North Carolina are major draws in basketball and basell, while the Panthers dominate the NFL scene. You'll want to head for Wilmington near the coast. Once there during the spring, don't miss out on exciting soccer – free kicks, volloyed goals, and saved penalty shots.
The Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro league are a popular source of entertainment. Visit from nearby Leland and check out a match at Legion Stadium. While you explore Raleigh, make plans to check out a Hurricanes game. While Raleigh may not be known for exciting NHL action, it's certainly time you found out just how thrilling the games can be. Head to the PNC Arena in the fall and discover the hard hits and slapshots of the Carolina Hurricanes.
In Charlotte, don't miss out on the NBA or the NFL. During the fall and into winter and spring, check out the Bobcats – can't beat dunks and game-winning buzzer beaters. During the late summer and into fall, make your way to Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers – a short drive from Huntersville or Gastonia.
You'll want to reserve a bright and early tee time for a number of different golf courses around the state – Tobacco Road Golf Club is widely recognized as one of the most unique and toughest courses. It's a short drive from Southern Pines. Minor League Baseball has it's own share of the NC sports scene. Head to Asheville and check out a Tourists game, or make your way to Burlington for a Royals game at Burlington Athletic Stadium.
However you decide to explore and wherever you choose to do it, enjoy the North Carolina sports landscape. From the western mountain region, to the Piedmont and even out to the coast – there's plenty of games to watch.
Experience the Thrills of Minor League Baseball
The baseball action across North Carolina hits fast and furious – from Winston-Salem to Asheville and Durham to Greensboro, there's a wealth of exciting minor league baseball to enjoy.With names like the Mudcats, Intimidators, and Tourists, make sure to catch a ball game this spring and summer in North Carolina.
Asheville, found in western NC, is home to the Tourists, is a Class A level farm team of the Colorado Rockies.Playing within the South Atlantic League since 1980, the Asheville Tourists play home games at McCormick Field. Make the drive in from nearby Hendersonville or Waynesville and enjoy an afternoon game.
In the Piedmont region, be sure to visit Burlington. A pleasant city, Burlington is home to the Burlington Royals, the Rookie level farm team of the Kansas City Royals. This summer, enjoy your time in Burlington, just outside of Greensboro, and take in a Royals game at Burlington Athletic Stadium.
Continue your minor league baseball excursion with a visit to Hickory. West of Statesville and a scenic drive from Charlotte, Hickory is home to the Crawdads, the Single-A farm team of the Texas Rangers. Plan a spring or summer visit for Hickory and head for L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Crawdads.
In Durham, the MiLB action continues with the Durham Bulls, Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bulls play their home games at the aptly named Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which also happens to be the home ballpark of the Duke University Blue Devils.
To the west, nestled right in the heart of downtown Greensboro, NewBridge Bank Park plays hosts to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Class A farm team of the Miami Marlins.
On the outskirts of Raleigh, the Carolina Mudcats swing for the fences and hope for a call up at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. The Mudcats are the A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
The Bobcats Excite Professional Basketball Fans in NC
When it comes to basketball in Charlotte, there's no better choice than the Charlotte Bobcats.
While there's always the choice of college hoops in North Carolina Triangle – Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill – be sure to experience the rising excitement of Bobcats basketball when you visit Charlotte.As you trek through the Piedmont region of NC during fall, a visit to Charlotte is a near must. Once there, plan a trip to the Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the Bobcats.
The season tips off in October and plays out through early May. Make the drive in from nearby cities like Monroe, Gastonia, or Huntersville. The Bobcats have a rather interesting history. Owned by the legendary Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, the Bobcats were established in 2004.
Charlotte previously had a pro hoops team in the Hornets, who departed for New Orleans in 2002. The New Orleans Hornets subsequently changed their name to the Pelicans, allowing for the Bobcats to acquire the name "Hornets" and will re-brand themselves at beginning of the 2014 season.
Along with the excitement of NBA basketball in Charlotte, you'll have a wealth of intriguing attractions and sites to check out. Once you've planned out your Bobcats adventure for the evening, enjoy an afternoon at the Carowinds, an exciting amusement park in Charlotte. Race fans often make time to tour the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the Hendrick Motorsports Complex.
There's plenty to see and do in Charlotte. A visit in the fall is splendid for stunning views of the landscape – the Charlotte Bobcats and the excitement of the NBA is just a topper. Plan your trip today and get ready to cheer on the Bobcats.
The Panthers Excite Football Fans Across NC
Explore the Piedmont region of North Carolina and head for Charlotte, the eclectic and charming city home to a wide range of exciting attractions. When you visit during the fall, plan a visit to Bank of America Stadium, the home field of the Carolina Panthers.
Entertaining football fans in Charlotte since 1995, the Panthers haven't quite had the mega-success of some other franchises, but have always provided an entertaining show for fans.
Charlotte is certainly Panther town, but nearby cities like Monroe and Albemarle are just as Panther-crazy, with fans making the scenic drive in on Sundays. The NFL season kicks off in September and plays out through the Super Bowl in February – check out a game and keep an eye open for Sir Purr, the Panthers mascot. A visit to Charlotte during the fall is simply sublime. Make it a complete weekend getaway and head for Carowinds, a 398-acre amusement park – the perfect destination on the Saturday before a Panthers game.
Spend some time at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, or make your way to the McDowell Nature Center & Preserve for a pleasant day out and about. Charlotte is a diverse and fun city – you'll want to explore and discover the sites and sounds, including Panthers football.
A visit to Gastonia, just to the west of Charlotte, or Huntersville to the north, will yield memorable visits and feature an ease of access to Bank of America Stadium. Join the legion of Panthers fans from across the state this fall on your visit to Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
Check Out the Carolina Hurricanes
The NHL and the Carolina Hurricanes may not be the very first thing you think of when you hear North Carolina and the Piedmont region, but the sport is a popular draw for many sporting fans in the Raleigh area. Nearby cities like Cary and Garner are filled with fans who consistently make the drive in for games.
Beginning in October, the NHL action on the ice starts up and plays through May of the following year – be sure to plan for a visit to the PNC Arena, home of the Hurricanes.
Officially opened in 1999, PNC Arena was first known as the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena, then became the RBC Center, and as of 2012 has been the PNC Arena. Explore the Piedmont area of NC and enjoy your visit to Raleigh and the PNC Arena.
Founded in 1972, the Hurricanes began as the New England Whalers, moved to Hartford in 1979, and finally found their current home and new name in Raleigh in 1997. Area cities like Smithfield and Creedmor are pleasant cities in their own right and prove to yield quick and scenic drives into Raleigh.
If you're a hockey super fan or a relative new comer to hockey, make travel plans for this fall or winter in Raleigh. You'll find an entertaining array of places to be, things to do, and, of course, hockey games to watch.
You can spend an afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of Art, or check out the North Carolina State Capitol – both great choices for your pre-game day agenda.
Take in Some Soccer on Your Next Visit to NC
The growing popularity of soccer across the United States is clear. The MLS has grown to 20 teams, and with lower leagues like the NASL and USL Pro each continuing their own growth, it's easy to see soccer is a new force on the American sports landscape. Fans of the "beautiful game" in North Carolina have three major choices – the Carolina RailHawks, Charlotte Eagles, and the Wilmington Hammerheads.
A visit to Charlotte places you right in Eagles country. The Charlotte Eagles are a member of USL Pro division, the third tier in US soccer. The team was founded in 1991 as the Charlotte Eagle Soccer Club, and became a pro team in 1993.
Charlotte is also home to the Charlotte Lady Eagles, a member of the USL W-League. The season for the Eagles runs from April to August, so plan you next summer visit to Charlotte and the surrounding area and check out exciting professional soccer in NC – visit from nearby Huntersville or Monroe. The Eagles play all home matches at Dickson Field.
Make your way to the NC coast and head for Wilmington. A pleasant and scenic city, Wilmington is found just inland of the Atlantic Ocean and features some top-flight soccer action. Head for Legion Stadium and experience the excitement of live soccer for yourself.
Drive in from nearby Leland during your summer visit and enjoy a match. The Hammerheads were established in 1996 and, minus a brief hiatus from competitive play in 2010, have seen their share of success in the USL Pro.
Just west of Raleigh you'll find Cary, a charming and pleasant suburb. Cary is home to the Carolina RailHawks, a member of the North American Soccer League – the second tier of American soccer, right below MLS.
The RailHawks are a major source of local pride and entertainment. Make your way to WakeMed Soccer Park and join close to 10,000 other fans for thrilling soccer action during the season – February through early November.
If you're a big fan of soccer or just barely dipping your toes in the water, North Carolina has it's share of options for you to choose from. The Hammerheads near the coast, the Eagles in Charlotte, or the RailHawks in Cary. Make your choice and enjoy the beautiful game.