Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh

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Wayne Day Family Field at Carter–Finley Stadium is home to the NC State Wolfpack football team. It was opened in 1966 and has grown to a seating capacity of 57,583 seats.HistoryAs early as the 1950s, State was looking to replace its on-campus facility, Riddick Stadium. The concrete-and-wood stadium had been built in 1907 and was showing its age. It never held more than 23,000 seats (14,000 permanent) at any time. Partly because of this, many of longtime coach Earle Edwards' teams played more games on the road than at home. Partly due to Edwards' urging, school officials began a concerted effort to build a more modern facilityThe new stadium finally opened in 1966. It was originally named Carter Stadium, in honor of Harry C. & Wilbert J. "Nick" Carter, both graduates of the university. They were major contributors to the original building of the stadium. The name of Albert E. Finley, another major contributor to the University, was added in September, 1979.While located on University land, the stadium is a few miles to the west of the academic campus on Trinity Road, just off of Hillsborough Street.Carter–Finley Stadium's season tickets have been sold out for nine straight years.Carter–Finley Stadium has the smallest clearance between the stands and the sidelines of any stadium in the ACC.Prior to the 2001 season, the University began a program of modernization of the stadium by enclosing the southern endzone with seats, and the state-of-the-art Murphy Center (named for Wendell Murphy) was built behind it. Following the 2004 football season, Carter–Finley was again expanded with the completion of the "Vaughn Towers", a complex of luxury boxes, club seats, and media facilities which opened for the 2005 football season.
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  • My son goes to college here and we came down to watch Syracuse versus NC State. The stadium was very nice and it was easy to get into and out of.  more »
  • I'm personally a SEC fan so I'm all about football. The stadium was nice. When I went the Wolfpack won their game. Traditions are alive and well.  more »
  • We attend football as well as concerts in the arena. Club seating is immaculate, bathrooms clean and staff friendly. Concessions available and clean areas. Security tight and appreciated.  more »
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  • Have attended NC State Football games here since I was a little girl with my Daddy and family. Now we attend with another generation in his memory. This is a beautiful, well kept Stadium. Bathrooms are large and clean. Food is actually reasonably priced. Go Pack!
  • Outstanding stadium! Well layed out. Very clean. One of the best college stadiums I have attended for college football.
  • This stadium was awesome! Not a big fan of the aluminum bleachers but great experience.
  • Go pack! Plenty of food choices, bathrooms get busy at the times you would expect, but that's any stadium. Love how close you are to the field!
  • Home of the Wolfpack. Easily the nicest venue and by far the best place to watch a college football game in the Triangle. The tailgating is also first rate.

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