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Cameron Indoor Stadium, Home of the Duke Blue Devils

17 College Sports Venues in North Carolina

Plan your next visit to North Carolina and enjoy days filled with exciting college sports. From the grand slams to buzzer-beaters, the Tar Heel State offers up an impressive slate.


1. Offering one of the most unique experiences in all of college basketball, Cameron Indoor Stadium is home to the Duke Blue Devils. Though it seats fewer than 10,000, Cameron Indoor gives spectators the feeling they're "right on top of the action." Make the short drive in from Burlington.

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PNC Arena is Home to NC State Basketball

2. College football in NC is a massive draw. Make your way to Winston-Salem and catch the Wake Forest Demon Deacons play home football games at BB&T Field

3. Many sports fans who stay in Raleigh make it a point to visit the PNC Arena, home of the NC State Wolfpack basketball team. This venue also houses the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

4. From Banner Elk in the northern region of the state, make the short drive into Boone. Here, you'll be able to catch all the thrilling Appalachian State University Mountaineers football games at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

5. Stick with the App State Mountaineers – this time it's a volleyball and basketball. Head for the Holmes Center, on campus, during the winter and into spring for Appalachian State hoops

6. Baseball fans will want to visit the Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium, home of the Appalachian State baseball team. You'll find this impressive baseball diamond on the western ridge of campus. 

7. Kenan Memorial Stadium opened in 1927, and has been the home of UNC Tar Heels football ever since. With a seating capacity of 63,000, your college football game day experience is sure to be a raucous one. Head for Chapel Hill in the Piedmond region this fall. 

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Kenan Memorial Stadium's Scoreboard

8. Tar Heels basketball is one of the biggest draws in the state, and arguably one of the biggest names in the history of college basketball. Watch them play at the Dean Smith Center – a short drive in form Creedmoor.

9. Keep the UNC Tar Heels momentum going – head for Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium this spring for exciting UNC baseball games. 

10. Back in Durham, don't miss the Duke Blue Devils football team in action at Wallace Wade Stadium. It was opened in 1929, and can seat 40,000 fans.

11. Duke baseball fans are very familiar with Jack Coombs Field. Opened in 1931, Jack Coombs Field has seen two rounds of renovations, seats 2,000 fans, and can be found adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

12. During a visit to Greenville and the NC coast, be sure you spend some time at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, home of the East Carolina University Pirates football team. 

13. Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum has been the home of ECU Pirates basketball since it opened in 1968. Plan a visit during the next college basketball season, typically November through March.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Athletics

Many of the Wake Forest Venues are Found on Campus

14. Fans of the ECU Pirates baseball team make frequent visits to the Clark-LeClair Stadium during the spring. You can find this impressive baseball venue on the southern end of the ECU campus. It seats 3,000 fans, and was opened in 2005.

15. Your stay in Raleigh this fall should be met with some exciting NC State Wolfpack football action. Make your way to the Carter-Finley Stadium

16. Opened in 1966, Doak Field is the must-visit home of NC State Wolfpack baseball. Enjoy the short drive in from nearby Garner and watch them play this spring.

17. For even more exciting college baseball action in NC, pay a visit to the impressive Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Like it's name would indicate, Gene Hooks Field is the home diamond for all things Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Mountain Lodge at Banner Elk

1615 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk NC 28604-9708
Phone: (828) 898-4571  |  Fax: (828) 898-8437  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Burlington

770 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington NC 27215-5125
Phone: 336-584-0151  |  Fax: 336-584-0151  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Butner Creedmoor Inn

2578 W Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor NC 27522-7308
Phone: (919) 575-5942  |  Fax: (919) 582-9425  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Edison Inn

1595 Mechanical Boulevard, Garner NC 27529-2536
Phone: (919) 662-4890  |  Fax: (919) 662-7660  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Windsor Suites

2006 Veasley Street, Greensboro NC 27407-4638
Phone: (336) 294-9100  |  Fax: (336) 294-9100  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Greensboro Airport Hotel

7800 National Service Road, Greensboro NC 27409-9667
Phone: (336) 454-0333  |  Fax: (336) 454-6694  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Raleigh North-Downtown

2715 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh NC 27604-1509
Phone: (919) 872-5000  |  Fax: (919) 790-7741  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Smithfield Inn

145 S Equity Drive, Smithfield NC 27577-6035
Phone: (919) 989-4047  |  Fax: (919) 989-4048  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Tarboro Hotel

102 Market Centre Drive, Tarboro NC 27886-4851
Phone: (252) 824-0700  |  Fax: (252) 824-0362  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Plus Hanes Mall Hotel

3330 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston Salem NC 27103-3014
Phone: (336) 893-7540  |  Fax: (336) 893-8660  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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    Across the Tar Heel state choose sporting action from the Panthers to the Hurricanes, or the Blue Devils to the Hammerheads.

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