Soccer Park Expansion Kicks Off in Cary
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Additional seating, new facilities to attract more economic development opportunities
CARY, NC – The Town of Cary has kicked off a 10-month expansion of WakeMed Soccer Park to enhance one of the region’s premier sports venues by increasing stadium seating and adding new team facilities, restrooms, concessions and multipurpose space in a new three-story building that will be constructed on the stadium’s east side. Work will take place at the soccer park weekdays from to and occasionally on Saturdays from to as needed. While scheduled games will not be interrupted, there may be temporary closures of some seating in the east grand stands. More than 360,000 people visit the soccer park annually bringing an estimated economic impact of $12 million to the region.
“Facilities like the soccer park are great for our citizens, who benefit not only from witnessing and participating in the play but also from the increased traffic in the businesses where they work,” said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.
“The expanded seating and new team facilities will make the soccer park more attractive to organizers of future events like the NCAA Men and Women’s Soccer Cup Championships,” said Keith Jenkins, Town of
In 2009, the Town began an update to the facility’s master plan that ultimately identified the need for stadium improvements, field enhancements and an increase in seating. The resulting $6.3 million project will add 3,000 permanent seats to the 7,000-seat stadium, 1,500 of the seats going to the north end zone and the other 1,500 to the east side of the stadium. Also added on the east side will be a new three-story building to provide restrooms, concessions, and access to the additional seating from the third floor. Team locker rooms will be relocated to the ground level of the new structure to allow players direct access to the stadium from midfield and direct access from their team bus to the locker rooms.
Funding for the project includes $5.8 million of interlocal occupancy tax funds pledged to the Town by the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the City of
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Kristen Dwiggins, Project Manager, (919) 462-3930
Keith Jenkins, Athletic Facility Supervisor, (919) 858-0464
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Soccer Stadium Renovation Sketch