Playing at the historic Doak Field at Dail Park, the Wolfpack welcomes fans to a newly renovated stadium featuring a state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation system, comfy chair-back seating, tasty concession stands, and a teleportation pod hot dog-delivery system. Led by senior Kyle Wilson’s .413 batting average and 11 swiped bases, as well as junior pitcher Grant Sasser’s 2.25 ERA, the Wolfpack currently holds third place in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. See the squad throw, dive, and menacingly growl their opponents into submission as they run across a lush outfield speckled with tall timber bats.
Helmed by Scottish-born soccer sage Martin Rennie, the RailHawks look to capitalize on the success of their 2010 NASL conference championship and impose their will on a host of fleet-footed opposition. The RailHawks kick off the 2011 campaign on Saturday, April 9, against the Puerto Rico Islanders before slide tackling into a season of fast-paced conference action. Shout free-verse fight songs from your premium sideline seats ($15 each) and watch as the RailHawks regale spectators with majestic midfield play and balletic bicycle kicks. Challenge winged mascot Swoops to a gentlemanly game of penalty kicks and featherless headers, and be ready to reveal the world’s first gas-powered vuvuzela as the RailHawks wage battle against a host of domestic and international competition.
Though the same catfish logo still peeks out from a red "C," its barbels draping over the side, the Carolina Mudcats are part of a new era of minor-league baseball in North Carolina. Two years after the original franchise left for Pensacola, Florida, in 2010, a new team arrived in Zebulon to don the signature red jerseys. As the new Mudcats spawned, so too did new affiliations—the team is now the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the MLB's Cleveland Indians, and mascot Muddy the Mudcat now trolls the stands of Five County Stadium, where a 300-square-foot videoboard broadcasts instant replays of the outfielders' most breathtaking stretches.
According to legend, Duke's longtime athletic director and basketball coach Eddie Cameron sat down with football coach Wallace Wade in 1935 to drum up plans for a new indoor stadium. Throughout the meeting, the two doodled plans for the arena on the back of—what else?—a matchbook. If true, the apocryphal tale makes a fitting story for Duke, considering the university itself was founded partly on a fortune from North Carolina's prized tobacco industry.
Little could the men know at the time, but that brainchild, Cameron Indoor Stadium, would become a symbol of Duke's success over the years, in both basketball and athletics in general. Combined, the men's and women's hoops teams have collected more than 1,200 wins in front of home crowds, whose notoriously raucous cheers make it nearly impossible for visiting athletes to write their term papers on the sidelines. Steps away, Wallace Wade Stadium has stood tall since 1929, becoming the only venue outside of Pasadena, California, to host college football's iconic Rose Bowl game, back in 1942.
The sound of rubber wheels rolling and clacking across a hardwood floor is a familiar one to generations of American families. At Jellybeans Super Skate Center, those wheels roll to the beat of both contemporary pop music and golden oldies in a winking nod to roller skating's timelessness. As the music mingles with the sound of laughter, colored lights trace patterns on the hardwood floor and the skaters gliding along on both quad and inline skates. During breaks, skaters can also refuel with pizza and snacks at the concession stand and give their upper extremities a workout in the arcade. In addition to open skates, the center hosts birthday parties and skating classes, which teach four-wheeled fundamentals to aspiring skaters.