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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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  • Easily the best College Football Atmosphere in North Carolina and one of the best in the South. The stadium sits on University property along with the PNC Center next to the NC State Fairgrounds in We...  more »
  • My alma mater. What can I say about Carter Finley? It was built in in 1966 and now has a seating capacity of 57,583. All I can say is if you are ever in Raleigh on a warm fall day try tailgating with ...  more »
  • We had season tickets to NC State Football Games this year and really enjoyed our time at Carter Finley. It's an older stadium, but it's well kept and always fun on game day. We're lucky to have such ...  more »
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  • The facility is amazing. Carter - Finley has definitely come up since my days as a student at NCSU.
  • I took an ap test here and the whole time I was thinking how nice it would be to drop back in the pocket and hear the crowd chanting my name. I would give the ball a little spin in my fingers while I was eyeing up my target. I grip the ball and throw it perfectly across my body and it glides effortlessly into the basket that my received has created with his arms. I then see the clock hit zero I've just done it! I won the national championship of college football. Then I came back to reality and Drew 2 pictures instead of essays.
  • I've been here for sports and music events and have always had a great time. The venue is awesome.
  • Pretty OK stadium with nice facilities and a good view. Good for both football and testing.
  • This is a fantastic place...my daughter goes to NC State and we love the Wolf Pack

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