It’s no secret that with the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ comes all the die-hard fans waking up at ungodly hours just to watch the internationally-played sport at its televised live play time, wherever it may be held. Known in Europe as “football,” soccer has professional and club leagues, which locally includes the North Carolina Football Club (NCFC).

Formerly known as the RailHawks, the NC soccer team debuted its first game in 2007 in what is now the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. With new ownership, branding, and investment into the team in recent years, in 2016 the RailHawks became the NCFC, which has joined the United Soccer League for the 2018 season.

While not a contact sport like American football, soccer has grown in popularity in America over the past few decades. It is also especially popular in the Raleigh – Durham region, with tens of thousands of youth players. For those who are not avid soccer fans, or perhaps are but are looking for a heightened experience, a visit to the NCFC home game offers a few fun options worth exploring on your next visit to WakeMed soccer stadium in Cary.

Gather up the entire family

A soccer game is a perfect way to enjoy an evening during the weekend with the family that will satisfy the kids and pleases the sports-loving parents. With affordable ticket prices and a bevy of different food and drink options on site, an NCFC home game allows the family to get out of the house for a few hours to spend some quality time outdoors with the family being engaged in something more than electronic devices!

Park steps away from the entrance

Even in general parking, you can join fellow fans in tailgating before the game to really get hyped up for it. But VIP parking is like having your name on a parking spot, and it’s convenient in more ways than just close proximity to the entrance and merchandise. Even after the game, enjoy the convenience of having a couple avenues by which to exit the stadium lot. Raise your hand if you’ve ever left a sporting event or concert and spent more time in a line of cars to exit then you did enjoying the event!

Live the suite life

Summer months are hot and watching any outdoor sport for long stretches of time can get uncomfortable in direct sunlight. Enjoy every play right in front of the glass overlooking the whole field while keeping your cool with suite access. Not only will the air conditioning be flowing steady but so will the catered food and drink. Check check.

Play the field

But when you do make it to your seats outdoors, there is something to be said about being smack dab in the middle of all the action. Field seats are as close as it gets. The back and forth action is so close you can see the sweat dripping off the players’ jerseys. A bonus — and not to be downplayed — is the comfortable seats with chair-backs to them. However, tickets for seats in the general stands start as low as $14, with many promotions to be had if you know when or where to look, and there is hardly a bad seat in the house at the intimate WakeMed stadium.

Be a part of the experience

You don’t just “sit on the sidelines” with these types of extras: Get ready to pat the players on their backs after the game too; take a photo with the goalie; clink beers with your neighbor. And with “themed” nights, such as Wizard Night, Pride Games, and Faith and Family Night, you can attend knowing you will be immersed in something different each and every time.

Plan for your preferences and schedule

Cover yourself in red, blue and gold and be a part of the NC soccer experience, whether that be the NCFC and/or the NC Courage, which is the professional NC women’s soccer team here in Cary. There are a number of plan options for new and existing fans, including season tickets and a unique option, a Flex Plan that lets you create your schedule of games between both teams!

The North Carolina FC organization strives to engage fans and elevate its standing to be a Major League team in the next year or two. What better way to have an enjoyable, affordable night out than with a sporting event where you are part of the evening? Want to learn more about ticket options and the history of the NCFC? Check out northcarolinafc.com and get in the game!

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This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Melissa Kahan for exclusive digital publication via TBN