Sports in North Carolina

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Athletes and sports teams from North Carolina compete at every level of competition in the United States including NASCAR, the NBA, the NFL,the NHL, the NASL North American Soccer League, and MLL, and along with several colleges and universities in various conferences across an array of divisions. North Carolina is a state known for minor league sports. There are also a number of indoor football, indoor soccer, minor league basketball, and minor league ice hockey teams throughout the state.

Baseball[edit source | edit]

Durham Bulls

Though it has never been home to a Major League Baseball club, North Carolina is home to numerous minor league and collegiate summer league teams. Many colleges with athletic programs also field baseball teams.

TeamCityLevelLeagueFoundedMLB affiliation
Charlotte KnightsFort Mill, South Carolina[a]AAAInternational League1976[b]Chicago White Sox
Durham BullsDurhamAAAInternational League1902[c]Tampa Bay Rays
Carolina MudcatsZebulonACarolina League1978[d]Cleveland Indians
Winston-Salem DashWinston-SalemACarolina League1945[e]Chicago White Sox
Greensboro GrasshoppersGreensboroASouth Atlantic League1979Miami Marlins
Hickory CrawdadsHickoryASouth Atlantic League1977[f]Texas Rangers
Kannapolis IntimidatorsKannapolisASouth Atlantic League1995Chicago White Sox
Asheville TouristsAshevilleASouth Atlantic League1976[g]Colorado Rockies
Burlington RoyalsBurlingtonRookieAppalachian League1986Kansas City Royals
Asheboro CopperheadsAsheboroCollegiateCoastal Plain League1999
Edenton SteamersEdentonCollegiateCoastal Plain League1998
Fayetteville SwampdogsFayettevilleCollegiateCoastal Plain League2001
Forest City OwlsForest CityCollegiateCoastal Plain League2007[h]
Gastonia GrizzliesGastoniaCollegiateCoastal Plain League2002
Morehead City MarlinsMorehead CityCollegiateCoastal Plain League2010
Thomasville Hi-TomsThomasville, North CarolinaCollegiateCoastal Plain League1999
Wilmington SharksWilmingtonCollegiateCoastal Plain League1997
Wilson TobsWilsonCollegiateCoastal Plain League1997
Asheville RedbirdsAshevilleCollegiateSouthern Collegiate Baseball League1999
Lake Norman CopperheadsHuntersvilleCollegiateSouthern Collegiate Baseball League1999
Morganton AggiesMorgantonCollegiateSouthern Collegiate Baseball League1999
Pineville PioneersPinevilleCollegiateSouthern Collegiate Baseball League2011
Statesville OwlsStatesvilleCollegiateSouthern Collegiate Baseball League2009

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Fort Mill, South Carolina is in the Charlotte metropolitan area. The team will be moving to a stadium in the Uptown Charlotte area in 2014.
  2. ^ Founded as the AA Charlotte Orioles, which moved to Charlotte from Asheville. The Knights have been part of the AAA International League since 1993
  3. ^ The Durham Bulls trace their history to the 1902 Durham Tobacconists. Numerous league and name changes have occurred over the years; the current incarnation of the Bulls have been members of the AAA International League since 1998
  4. ^ The current incarnation of the Mudcats trace their history to the Kinston Indians, who moved to Zebulon to assume the Mudcats name in 2012. The previous team known as the Mudcats are currently the Pensacola Blue Wahoos
  5. ^ The Dash trace their history to the 1945 Winston-Salem Cardinals. The current team has been a member of Class A since 1961, and has had their current name since 2009
  6. ^ Prior to 1993, the Crawdads were located in Gastonia and played under a variety of nicknames
  7. ^ Numerous teams in Asheville have been known as the Tourists, the previous team moved to Charlotte in 1976 and is now the Charlotte Knights. The current team replaced them in 1976.
  8. ^ The Owls moved to Forest City in 2008. For the previous season, they played in Spartanburg, South Carolina as the Spartanburg Stingers.

Basketball[edit source | edit]

In 2004, the NBA added the Charlotte Bobcats franchise at the same time the city lost the Hornets to New Orleans. The Bobcats play their home games in Time Warner Cable Arena.

The first successful major professional sports team to be created in North Carolina were the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), which began play in the 1988–89 season.

Prior to that, the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association played in various North Carolina cites (playing in the ABA for five seasons, ending in the spring of 1974). Former Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown started his coaching career as head coach of the Cougars.

Professional[edit source | edit]

North Carolina's first professional basketball team was the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars. The Cougars played in North Carolina between 1969 and 1974 and split their games between the Greensboro Coliseum, the original Charlotte Coliseum and Raleigh's Dorton Arena.

Following the Cougars' move to St. Louis it would be fourteen years before professional basketball would return to the Old North State when Charlotte was awarded the NBA's 24th franchise, the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets played at the Charlotte Coliseum before moving to New Orleans following a bitter dispute between team ownership and the city over funding for a new arena. Two years after the Hornets decamped the Queen City was named as the home of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats who would play two seasons at the Coliseum before taking up residence at the new Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown. North Carolina Tar Heels legend Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the Bobcats.

College[edit source | edit]

Carter-Finley Stadium, home football stadium for the NC State Wolfpack football team

Despite having hosted three professional teams, North Carolina is best known as a hotbed of college basketball and is home to some of the most successful and most popular teams in the nation in both the men's and women's game.

North Carolina is home to what some consider the best rivalry in American sports, North Carolina vs. Duke. Chapel Hill (UNC) and Durham (Duke) are only 8 miles apart. This rivalry reaches its climax in basketball but often spills over to other sports. North Carolina State and Wake Forest are also considered major rivals of the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, for more on the four-way rivalry see Tobacco Road.

Other major college teams in the state include the Appalachian State Mountaineers, Charlotte 49ers, Davidson Wildcats, East Carolina Pirates, UNC Asheville Bulldogs, UNC Greensboro Spartans, and UNC Wilmington Seahawks.

Tip-off of a Duke-UNC basketball game at the Dean Smith Center

Although North Carolina did not have a major-league professional sports franchise until the 1980s, the state has long been known as a hotbed of college basketball. Since the formation of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1953, the conference's North Carolina member schools have excelled in conference play. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Duke University, and North Carolina State University are all located within 25 miles (40 km) of one another, creating fierce rivalries. Wake Forest University, another ACC member, is located less than 100 miles (160 km) to the west of these schools in Winston-Salem. UNC has won five NCAA national championships in basketball: 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, and 2009. Duke has won four NCAA championships: 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. NC State has won two: 1974 and 1983. The Duke-UNC basketball rivalry has been called one of the best rivalries in sports and the two schools are often contenders for the national title. In addition to the ACC schools, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte went to the NCAA's Final Four in 1977, and Davidson College near Charlotte went to the NCAA's "Elite Eight" in 1968, 1969, and 2008.

North Carolina schools have also won multiple NCAA Division II basketball national championships. In 1967, Winston-Salem State University, led by future NBA star Earl Monroe and coached by the legendary Clarence "Big House" Gaines, was the first school in the state to win the Division II championship. In 1989, North Carolina Central University brought the title to the state a second time; winning the championship game by 27 points, which remains the largest margin of victory in its history. And in 2007, Barton College in Wilson returned the title to the state a third time.

Although basketball remains the dominant college sport in North Carolina, several schools have also enjoyed success in football and other sports. Wake Forest University has also enjoyed substantial success in football; in 2007 they won the ACC football championship and participated in the 2007 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. This was the first major bowl berth for a North Carolina–based ACC team since Duke defeated Arkansas in the 1961 Cotton Bowl Classic. East Carolina University also enjoys much success in football. Located in Greenville the Pirates have won both the 2008 and 2009 Conference USA Football Championship and have large passionate fan base. The East Carolina Pirates were the first back-to-back C-USA champions since divisional play was started in 2005. The Pirates played in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl for a second consecutive year on January 2, 2010. Elon University made 4 trips to the NAIA National Championship in football game winning back to back championships in 1980 and 1981. Lenoir-Rhyne University won the 1960 NAIA National Championship in football. Appalachian State University, Elon University, Western Carolina University and North Carolina A&T State University have all made trips to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision championship playoffs. Western Carolina University has made one trip to this championship game, while Appalachian State University became the first school to win the championship three years in a row from 2005 to 2007. University of North Carolina at Greensboro has won five NCAA Division III soccer national championships: 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987.

Football[edit source | edit]

Appalachian State's National Championship trophies

North Carolina is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL who play their home games at the 74,500-seat Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte. The Panthers played their first season in 1995 at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Clemson University in neighboring South Carolina. On February 1, 2004 the Panthers played in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

The Panthers were not North Carolina's first foray into professional football though, in the mid-1970s the Hornets of the World Football League called American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte home.

College football is also very popular in North Carolina with most major colleges fielding teams and UNC Charlotte preparing to do so in 2013. Notably North Carolina is home to the Appalachian State Mountaineers from Boone, App State has won national titles at the Division I-FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) level in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Charlotte is home to the Belk Bowl.

History of North Carolina football[edit source | edit]

Despite having over nine million people, North Carolina's population being spread out over three major metropolitan areas precluded attracting any major professional sports league teams until 1974, when the New York Stars of the World Football League was relocated to Charlotte in the middle of the season and renamed the Charlotte Hornets (although the team was referred to as the Charlotte Stars for the first game in Charlotte). The National Football League (NFL) is represented by the Carolina Panthers, who began play in 1995, and call Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium home. The Carolina RailHawks are a men's professional soccer team in the NASL, and their home field is the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) is represented by the Fayetteville Guard who plays at Crown Coliseum. North Carolina was home to the Charlotte Rage and the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League.

Golf[edit source | edit]

Pinehurst Resort, a world famous golf resort, is located in the Sandhills and has played host to several major golf championships including the United States Open Championship, the PGA Championship, and the Ryder Cup Matches. In 2014 Pinehurst will make history when it becomes the first course to host both the men's and women's U.S. Open in the same year.

Several professional tours make stops in North Carolina every year, including the EGolf Professional Tour (formerly the Tarheel Tour) which is based in Charlotte. Annual PGA Tour stops in the state are the Quail Hollow Championship at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, and the Greater Greensboro Open which has alternated between several course in Greensboro. The second-tier Nationwide Tour visits Raleigh every year for the Carolina Classic.

Ice Hockey[edit source | edit]

Stanley Cup awards ceremony at the RBC Center

On June 19, 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes, a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise based in Raleigh, won the Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes, who call the PNC Arena home, are the first major professional sports team from North Carolina to win their sport's highest championship. The team moved from Hartford, Connecticut (as the Hartford Whalers) to the state in 1997 and played their games at the Greensboro Coliseum for their first 2 seasons in North Carolina before moving to their current home at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (later named the RBC Center) (later named PNC Arena) in Raleigh.

In 2010, the Albany River Rats, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, relocated to Charlotte and became the Charlotte Checkers, assuming the name from the former ECHL team that had played in the city since 1995. The Charlotte Checkers play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte.

Fayetteville also has an ice hockey team, the FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Motorsports[edit source | edit]

North Carolina is a center in American motorsports, with more than 80% of NASCAR racing teams and related industries located in the Piedmont region. Stock car racing is the official sport of the state.[1] The largest race track in North Carolina is Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord where the Sprint Cup Series holds three major races each year.

A new drag strip, called Zmax Dragway, has been built on the same grounds as the speedway. It is currently the only drag strip in the U.S. to hold 4-wide drag racing events (as opposed to the traditional 2-wide drag races held at other tracks). The NHRA holds one to two national events there each year. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, opened on May 11, 2010. Many of NASCAR's most famous driver dynasties, the Pettys, Earnhardts, Allisons, Jarretts and Waltrips all live within an hour of Charlotte. NASCAR has held events at other race tracks in the state; most notably in Rockingham and North Wilkesboro.

In off-road motorcycle racing, the Grand National Cross Country series makes three stops in North Carolina, Morganton, Wilkesboro and Yadkinville; the only other state to host two GNCC events is Ohio. For sport amateurs, the state holds the State Games of North Carolina each year.

North Carolina has a proud history in motorsports and claims to be the home to 80% of American racing teams, mostly from NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in uptown Charlotte.

Stars[edit source | edit]

Richard Petty (Level Cross) and Dale Earnhardt (Kannapolis) were both born in North Carolina and are a great source of pride for Carolinians (both North and South) and Southerners in general. Both men won the Winston Cup a record 7-times.

Earnhardt's son, Dale Jr. (also Kannapolis) has become the face of NASCAR and is a sports hero in the Carolinas. Fellow current drivers Brian Vickers (Thomasville), and Scott Riggs (Durham) are also very popular with local fans.

Dale Sr. is the son of Ralph Earnhardt (now passed) and the father of Kerry Earnhardt (also both Kannapolis).

Petty's father Lee (passed) and son Kyle (both Randleman) are also very popular. Kyle's son Adam (High Point) was killed when his car crashed during a practice at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Charlotte Motor Speedway at night

Outside of the Earnhardt and Petty clans North Carolina is home to many other NASCAR legends such as Junior Johnson (Wilkes County), Richard Childress (Winston-Salem), Ned and Dale Jarrett (both Newton), Andy Petree (Hickory), and Rick Hendrick (Warrenton).

Tracks[edit source | edit]

Once a major part of the NASCAR circuit North Carolina now only has one track on the schedule, Charlotte. The 167,000-seat Charlotte track is arguably the heart and soul of NASCAR. The track, actually in Concord, hosts three Sprint Cup events every season, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (formally The Winston). Charlotte also hosts NASCAR's longest and most grueling race, the Coca-Cola 600, every May. The winner of the race earns tremendous respect among peers and fans due to the distance (the longest on the circuit) and the weather (North Carolina is known for extremely humid and hot summers). During race weeks Concord is said to balloon from its normal population of just under 56,000 to over 300,000.

Tracks that formerly hosted Cup Series events include North Wilkesboro Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, and Metrolina Speedway.

Soccer[edit source | edit]

The Tar Heels with the 2006 Women's College Cup.

There are no Major League Soccer teams in North Carolina but the state is home to three professional teams, the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, along with the Charlotte Eagles and Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Professional Division. Additionally the Carolina Dynamo of Greensboro play in the national USL Premier Development League and Charlotte and Greensboro both have women's teams in the USL W-League.

As with other sports, college soccer is important in North Carolina. The Tar Heels have dominated women's college soccer on a national level, laying claim to the lion's share of all Division I national championships in the sport. The Heels have also been successful in men's soccer winning national and conference champions. Duke and Wake Forest have also won national soccer championships. In 2011 UNC topped Charlotte in an all-North Carolina affair to claim the men's national championship.

On June 9, 2011 Charlotte hosted a group stage game during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Swimming[edit source | edit]

Over the last two decades, North Carolina has become a rising power in the world of professional and amateur swimming. As with many other components of North Carolina's sport culture, this rise began on the college campuses of the Old North State. North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill all field varsity swimming and diving teams at the Division I level. The men's program at NC State has enjoyed the most success, bringing home 24 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, more than any other ACC team.

NC State's men have also boasted 75 All-Americans and 9 Olympians, including Cullen Jones, the first African-American world record holder in swimming and gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games in the men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay. The women's team has won two ACC Championships and sent one athlete to the Olympics. Recently, Wolfpack Diver Kristen Davies won the NCAA title in platform diving. The Wolfpack program did not perform as well as in the past during the 2000s; however, the arrival of new head coach Braden Holloway has made an immediate impact on the program. In two seasons, Holloway has guided the Pack back to top 25 national rankings and relevance in the ACC. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, have won several conference titles as well. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has won several Colonial Athletic Association titles.

In 2008, former Auburn University head swim coach David Marsh arrived to take the helm of USA Swimming's first center of excellence at SwimMAC Carolina (formerly Mecklenburg Aquatic Club) in Charlotte. Under his guidance, SwimMAC has been named USA Swimming's club of the year and is widely regarded as one of the best programs in the country. In 2012, SwimMAC's "Team Elite," personally coached by Marsh, produced five Olympians: Nick Thoman, Micah Lawrence, Kara Lynn Joyce, Davis Tarwater, and Cullen Jones. Many other Team Elite members have made the US National team.

The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is scheduled to open the 78,000 square-foot Greensboro Aquatic Center in August 2011, with seating for 2,500 people.[2][3][4] The arena will host the 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship.[5]

Other sports[edit source | edit]

Carmichael Arena; home of UNC women's basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and men's wrestling.

In recent years lacrosse has experienced a period of steady growth in North Carolina that has seen high schools in the three main metropolitan areas add the sport to their programs, this growth culminated in Charlotte being awarded a Major League Lacrosse expansion team named the Charlotte Hounds, the first professional outdoor lacrosse team in the South. In addition, an indoor lacrosse team will also begin play in 2012, the North American Lacrosse League's Charlotte Copperheads. Duke and North Carolina field lacrosse teams for both sexes and both of the schools' men's teams have won national championships—North Carolina is, interestingly, the westernmost school to win the men's national championship—and North Carolina's women's team has appeared in a championship final. Division I High Point and five schools in the Division II Conference Carolinas also play lacrosse.

Softball is popular at the collegiate, scholastic, and recreational levels.North Carolina and NC State field women's gymnastics teams in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League, which both have each won four times. The state is home to nine NCAA Women's Field Hockey Championship titles with North Carolina winning six and Wake Forest winning three.

From the 1930s to the early 1990s, the Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling professional wrestling promotion, under the Crockett family, operated almost entirely out of Charlotte. Mid Atlantic was a long-time member of the National Wrestling Alliance and many of their top stars appeared on national television on NWA and later WCW events. Many retired or still-current wrestlers live in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, including Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Matt and Jeff Hardy, Stan Lane, Shannon Moore and R-Truth. Also, the chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, Vincent K. McMahon was born in Pinehurst, attended East Carolina University, and was married in New Bern.

North Carolina has become a hot bed for professional bull riding (PBR). It is home to several professional stock contractors and bull owners. The Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association SEBRA headquarters are located in Archdale.

Volleyball is a very popular sport at the recreational level and most colleges field women's teams while a few, notably schools in the Conference Carolinas, field men's teams.

Miscellany[edit source | edit]

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in February 1963, with the support of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, "to honor those persons who by excellence of their activities in or connected with the world of sports have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to the State of North Carolina." The Hall of Fame inducted its first five members in December of that year.

List of Division I schools[edit source | edit]

InstitutionLocationEstablishedConferenceSchool typeUndergraduate EnrollmentVarsity sports
Appalachian StateBoone1899SoConPublic (UNC)13,44718
CampbellBuies Creek1887Big SouthPrivate (Baptist)2,84319
DavidsonDavidson1837SoConPrivate (Presbyterian)1,70021
DukeDurham1838ACCPrivate6,24426
East CarolinaGreenville1907C-USAPublic (UNC)17,72819
ElonElon1889SoConPrivate (United Church of Christ)4,84916
Gardner–WebbBoiling Springs1905Big SouthPrivate (Baptist)~4,00019
High PointHigh Point1924Big SouthPrivate (Methodist)2,69914
North CarolinaChapel Hill1789ACCPublic (UNC)16,76428
North Carolina A&TGreensboro1891MEACPublic (UNC)9,73511
North Carolina CentralDurham1910MEACPublic (UNC)8,60016
North Carolina StateRaleigh1887ACCPublic (UNC)23,73026
UNC AshevilleAsheville1927Big SouthPublic (UNC)3,4539
UNC CharlotteCharlotte1946A-10Public (UNC)16,58412
UNC GreensboroGreensboro1891SoConPublic (UNC)12,29116
UNC WilmingtonWilmington1947CAAPublic (UNC)10,58119
Wake ForestWinston-Salem1834ACCPrivate (Baptist)4,23118
Western CarolinaCullowhee1889SoConPublic (UNC)8,89113

Notes:

  1. Campbell has the following affiliate memberships: football (Pioneer Football League), swimming (Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association), and wrestling (Southern Conference).
  2. Davidson competes in the Pioneer Football League for football, the Colonial Athletic Association for women's swimming & diving, the NORPAC conference for field hockey, and the American Lacrosse Conference for lacrosse.
  3. Gardner-Webb is a member of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association for swimming
  4. North Carolina is a member of the ACC for all sports except fencing and gymnastics (East Atlantic Gymnastics League).
  5. NC A&T is a member of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association for swimming.
  6. NC State is a member of the ACC for all sports except gymnastics (East Atlantic Gymnastics League), and rifle (SEARC).

Team list[edit source | edit]

SportTeamLeague
Australian Rules FootballNorth Carolina TigersUSAFL/EAFL
BaseballAsheville TouristsMinor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Burlington RoyalsMinor League Baseball (R); Appalachian League
Carolina MudcatsMinor League Baseball (A); Carolina League
Charlotte KnightsMinor League Baseball (AAA); International League
Durham BullsMinor League Baseball (AAA); International League
Greensboro GrasshoppersMinor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Hickory CrawdadsMinor League Baseball (A); South Atlantic League
Kannapolis IntimidatorsMinor League Baseball(A); South Atlantic League
Winston-Salem DashMinor League Baseball (A); Carolina League
Edenton SteamersWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Fayetteville SwampdogsWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Morehead City MarlinsWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Wilmington SharksWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Wilson TobsWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Asheboro CopperheadsWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Forest City OwlsWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Gastonia GrizzliesWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
Thomasville Hi-TomsWood-Bat Collegiate Summer League; Coastal Plain League
BasketballCharlotte BobcatsNational Basketball Association
Fayetteville FlightAmerican Basketball Association
Raleigh Rough RidersContinental Basketball League
Gastonia GamersWorld Basketball Association
Wilmington Sea DawgsTobacco Road Basketball League
Big TexasTobacco Road Basketball League
Carolina GladiatorsTobacco Road Basketball League
Cary InvasionTobacco Road Basketball League
Fayetteville CrossoverTobacco Road Basketball League
Greensboro CobrasTobacco Road Basketball League
Johnston County NighthawksTobacco Road Basketball League
Queen City ExpressTobacco Road Basketball League
Team HoopForLyfeTobacco Road Basketball League
Blue Ridge BisonTobacco Road Basketball League
Bull City LegacyTobacco Road Basketball League
FootballCarolina PanthersNational Football League
Ice hockeyCarolina HurricanesNational Hockey League
Charlotte CheckersMinor league hockey; ECHL(AHL team in 2011)
Fayetteville FireAntzMinor League Hockey; Southern Professional Hockey League
LacrosseCharlotte HoundsMajor League Lacrosse
Charlotte CopperheadsNorth American Lacrosse League
Roller DerbyCarolina RollergirlsWFTDA
Rugby UnionAsheville RFC
Cape Fear RFC
Charlotte Royals
Charlotte RFCRugby Super League
Eno River RFC
Gastonia RFC
Raleigh RFC
Triad RFC
SoccerCarolina DynamoUSL Premier Development League
Carolina Lady DynamoW-League
Carolina RailHawksNorth American Soccer League
Charlotte EaglesUSL Pro
Charlotte Lady EaglesW-League
Wilmington HammerheadsUSL Pro

Venues[edit source | edit]

See List of sports venues in North Carolina

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Tovar, Sergio (2011-06-27). "N.C. adopts stock car racing as official sport". Charlotteobserver.com. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  2. ^ abrown (2009-12-16). "Aquatic Center Coming to Coliseum Complex". Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  3. ^ Lehmert, Amanda (2009-12-17). "Aquatics center could open in 2011". Greensboro, North Carolina: News & Record. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Slide 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Greensboro To Host 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships". Greensboro Coliseum Complex. September 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 

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