WakeMed Soccer Park
WakeMed Soccer Park is one of the premier soccer complexes in the United States and is home of the Carolina RailHawks. It opened in 2002 as the home of the Women's United Soccer Association's Carolina Courage. WakeMed Soccer Park is now the home of the Carolina RailHawks.
The soccer complex consists of a purpose-built, soccer-specific main stadium, two lighted practice fields, built to the same specifications as the stadium field, and four additional fields. The main stadium seats 7,000 and is expandable to 10,000 with temporary seating. Fields 1 (main stadium), 2, and 3 are all FIFA international regulation size (120 yards x 75 yards). A project was recently completed on Field 2 that added approximately 1,000 permanent seats to make a second, smaller stadium field.
WakeMed Soccer Park opened in May 2002 as State Capital Soccer Park. It sits on 150 acres on the eastern edge of Cary that the State of North Carolina has leased to Wake County. Money to build the soccer park came from $14.5 million in county-wide hotel room and prepared food and beverage taxes. The Town of Cary assumed responsibility for operations and maintenance in 2004 from the Capital Area Soccer League.
On January 1, 2008, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, acquired the rights to name the park from the Town of Cary through 2010. SAS, a Cary-based software company, previously held the complex's naming rights.
The complex also sports a full-length, nationally-recognized cross country course.
In addition to serving as the home of the Carolina RailHawks, WakeMed Soccer Park has also been the host of men's and women's ACC soccer tournaments, men's and women's NCAA College Cups, U.S. men's and women's national team friendlies, and it served as the site of the U.S. Men's National Team's training camp for the last two World Cups.