WakeMed Soccer Park is one of the premier soccer complexes in the United States and is the home of the North Carolina Football Club. It opened in 2002 as the home of the Women's United Soccer Association's Carolina Courage.
The North Carolina Football Club announced a sponsorship deal with Sahlen's Packaging Company on March 31, 2017 that renamed the 10,000 seat stadium to Sahlen's Stadium and made the Buffalo-based meat packing company the exclusive hot dog provider of the stadium. The Sahlen family previously owned the Western New York Flash.
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 practice fields. Fields 1 (main stadium), 2, and 3 are all FIFA international regulation size (120 yards x 75 yards).
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. 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 North Carolina Football Club, 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, as well as U.S. Men's and Women's national team friendlies.
WakeMed Soccer Park
101 Soccer Park Drive
Cary, NC 27511
From Interstate 40 Eastbound (From Chapel Hill, Durham)
From Interstate 40 Westbound (From Fayetteville, Wilmington)
From Downtown Cary