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About Carter-Finley Stadium
Carter-Finley Stadium is a college football stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s a short distance from North Carolina State University and serves primarily as the home stadium of the N.C. State Wolfpack college football team. The stadium opened in 1966 when it was called Carter Stadium, honoring Harry and Wilbert Carter, two graduates and contributors to the university. In 1979, the name was changed to also honor Albert Finley, another financial contributor to N.C. State. In addition to hosting college football games, Carter-Finley Stadium has an NHL game, pro soccer matches, and several concerts, including Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, and Beyonce. For football games, Carter-Finley Stadium has a capacity of nearly 57,000 fans and is frequently sold out.
Where are the Best Places to Sit at Carter-Finley Stadium
For football games, sections 4, 5, 20, and 21 are the best for being close to the action, as these sections are in the lower level and close to midfield. While the first few rows in each section are close to the field, rows J-S in these sections will actually provide the best overall of the entire field. The first handful of rows in sections 12 and 28 also provide an excellent view of the field from the second level of the stadium. Also, during day games, seats in sections 25-31 will be the first to be in the shade as the sun moves behind the stadium.
Tips for Visiting Carter-Finley Stadium
For anyone without a parking permit, the traffic and parking situation at Carter-Finley Stadium can get a little congested. However, there is a shuttle bus that can transport fans from campus to the stadium, which is a good way to see the campus and avoid the traffic at the same time. The stadium is also relatively close to downtown Raleigh, giving fans a chance to explore the city either before or after a game at Carter-Finley Stadium. Finally, make sure you give yourself enough time to check out the giant wolf sculptures outside the southeast corner of the stadium.
Food to Try at Carter-Finley Stadium
There aren’t a lot of great dining options in the immediate vicinity of Carter-Finley Stadium, but the concessions inside the stadium help to make up for that. Fittingly, Carter-Finley Stadium serves up a great BBQ pork sandwich. In fact, every Southern delicacy or barbecue sandwich offered at the venue is worth a try. There is also a wide selection of hot dogs, bratwursts, and sausages available. Finally, Carter-Finley Stadium does dessert better than most college football stadiums, specifically the sugar-dusted funnel cakes and the ice cream from the Howling Cow Ice Cream stand.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Carter-Finley Stadium located?
Carter-Finley Stadium is located on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia.
What kind of events does Carter-Finley Stadium host?
Carter-Finley Stadium events vary greatly! Fans can catch football, NHL, pro soccer games, and several concerts.
Which team is playing at Carter-Finley Stadium?
The stadium serves as the home of the N.C. State Wolfpack college football team.
Where can I park for free at Carter-Finley Stadium?
While there are several parking lots available at Carter-Finley Stadium events, these lots are generally reserved for permit holders. Be sure to check out permits before your visit to the venue.
What is the seating capacity of Carter-Finley Stadium?
Carter-Finley Stadium sporting events can host up to 57,000 cheering fans.
Who owns Carter-Finley Stadium?
Carter-Finley Stadium is owned by North Carolina State University.
How do I get to Carter-Finley Stadium using public transport?
Fans wishing to reach Carter-Finley Stadium events by public transport can catch a bus or hail a taxi to reach the stadium.