Try This: Attend an NC Courage soccer game

The NC Courage took on the Washington Spirit in the Challenge Cup Final on May 7, 2022. | Photo by the RALtoday team

Hey Raleigh — Rachel here. 👋 I recently went to WakeMed Soccer Park (101 Soccer Park Dr.) in Cary to cheer on the NC Courage as they competed in the 2022 Challenge Cup Final. Here’s how it went (and how you can cheer them on this season). ⚽

What we tried (with pricing): 

WakeMed Soccer Park is home to the NC Courage, NC’s NWSL women’s professional soccer team, and the North Carolina FC, NC’s USL League One men’s professional soccer team. Both teams recently kicked off their 2022 seasons. 

Fun fact: As a life-long soccer player and fan, I’ve followed professional soccer both in the US and abroad — but I’ve never attended a women’s soccer game in person. It was a treat to see this game from the stands and live in an area where we have two professional teams right in our backyard.

My husband Mitch (also a big sports fan) joined me at the game. | Photo by the RALtoday team

Tickets for Courage matches start at $20. Pro tip: Buy tickets + parking passes online ahead of the game. Getting through the line is stress-free with digital tickets. Gates open ~1 hour before kickoff — get there early to check out pre-game festivities + entertainment before the action starts on the field.

No matter where you sit in the soccer stadium, you feel like you’re front row to the action. | GIF created by the RALtoday team

What not to miss:

Don’t forget to grab a pic with mascot Roary. | Photo by the RALtoday team

The soccer stadium features action both on and off of the field. Interactive games and inflatables live in each corner of the stadium, so if your little one is getting restless, you can get some of their energy out before heading back to your seats. 

Stretch your legs and try scoring a goal or making a shot at halftime. | Photo by the RALtoday team

What we’re still talking about: 

It’s important to stay hydrated. | GIF created by the RALtoday team

The food + drinks. Don’t forget to check out the concession stands (featuring everything from candy and soft pretzels to nachos). We snacked on hot dogs and a (local) pulled pork sandwich during the second half.

I had a pulled pork sandwich from Backyard Bistro, a local restaurant with stands throughout WakeMed Soccer Park. | Photo by the RALtoday team

How you can experience this: 

The post-game celebration started on the field and continued into the stands. | Photo by the RALtoday team

The Courage’s season is just getting started. The newly-crowned Challenge Cup Champions are back on the field tomorrow night, Wed., May 18, to take on the Orlando Pride. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. — grab tickets here

The Courage celebrates their win. | GIF created by the RALtoday team

Things to know if you go: