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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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  • 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 »
  • The stadium is clean and spacious and the field is well-maintained. The weather was unpredictable when we went, but it was totally worth the game. My only complaint is that the rows and seat numbers n...  more »
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  • Saw BEYONCÉ's FORMATION WORLD TOUR here and it absolutely friggen blew my mind. But I'm not rating her tour, I'm rating the stadium and its staff. During this tour, as you may recall, there was an intense thunderstorm that caused Beyoncé to call for a delay in the performance that would last indefinitely since there was no telling how long the storm would last. Well... the staff/security decided that rather than allowing everyone to seek shelter in the structures that make up the stadiums covered areas (those structures being surrounded by stadium lights that must be roughly 100 ft tall which would act as perfect lightning rods in the event that a bolt were to strike nearby) that they were going to make everyone leave the stadium by exiting through the gates and forcing them out into a massive open gravel lot filled with cars and shorter exposed metal lighting features that greatly increased the likelihood of being struck by lightning for the average concertgoer. Despite my efforts to stay as close to the concrete covered structure in a location where there were insulated metal poles far above my elevation to protect me from the storm, they rudely screamed at me until I was forced out of the stadium. First of all, from an event management perspective, it never should have gotten to this point. Rather than rushing hordes of panicked people across a massive field of gravel and cars to get to shelter in the indoor athletic field structure they were trying to use as a temporary gathering area for the attendees to take refuge in during the storm, they should have made a call to postpone the performance until a later hour when the storm had passed. All of this timing could have been predicted just by taking a short glance at the radar. Hours before the storm was coming (since it was super obvious it had been building for hours before the concert) the stadium managers could have called for the evacuation, but instead they waited until it was there imposing immediate danger upon everyone they were forcing out of their establishment. Lives were put at risk for this stupid procedural evacuation that came much too late, and I absolutely lost every shred of faith or respect I had for the people in charge of this venue.
  • Clean and has plenty of vendors that take credit cards. However they need to do better when it comes to checking bags for security. NCSU did a horrible job this past weekend of informing it's homecoming returning alumni of the new clear bag only policy. Once the stadium realized that the alumni had not been informed in advance they should have allowed the alumni to empty all the contents of their bags into the provided clear bags and allowed the alumni inside with the empty original bag. Unfortunately they did not and ask them to walk a mile or two back to their cars in order to keep their original bags. Horrible customer service.
  • Easy to get in and has a smoking section. I personally have never had bad seats here and have seen ~35 college football games over 6 years.
  • Carter-Finley Stadium was a great experience. I really liked the wolf statue out front it is beautiful. The stadium is in a great location in Raleigh, NC. In Oct when the fair is in town we always make it priority to take pictures at the stadium before going into the fair next door.
  • Great stadium for the NCSU Wolfpack! But their bag limitations are a little constricting. Luckily they sell bags specifically for going into Carter-Finley... Which sounds a lot like a cheap way to make more money.