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USA Baseball-Irish ClassicThe third annual USA Baseball-Irish Classic swings into action in Cary this weekend, bringing together eight NCAA teams for a jam-packed three days of baseball at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. USA Baseball and the University of Notre Dame have partnered up again to bring one of college baseball’s premier early-season events. The event is presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.

The 2015 event has added two additional teams from previous years, and 12 games in total will be played over the weekend. University of Notre Dame will be joined by University of Cincinnati, East Carolina University, University of Iowa, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Penn State University, Richmond University and Seattle University.

“I think we’re looking for the same things we are every yearto have a really highly competitive field and to try and work toward making this, year-in and year-out, one of the best early season tournaments in the country,” said Notre Dame coach Mik Aoki on the upcoming event.

USA Baseball-Irish ClassicGames will be played Fri., Feb. 27, through Sun., Mar. 1. Each day features four games, with Sat. seeing more than eight full hours of baseball in Cary. NCSU will play East Carolina, primetime, Sat. evening on Coleman Field, which offers stadium seating for 2,000 spectators.

The full schedule:

Fri. (Feb. 27)
Cincinnati vs. Iowa – 1pm (All times ET)
Seattle vs. Richmond – 2pm
Penn State vs. NCSU – 3pm (Doak Field, NCSU)
East Carolina vs. Notre Dame – 5:30pm

Sat. (Feb. 28)
Cincinnati vs. Penn State – 12:30pm
Seattle vs. Notre Dame – 1pm
Iowa vs. Richmond – 2pm
NCSU vs. East Carolina – 5pm

Sun. (Mar. 1)
Seattle vs. Cincinnati – 10:30am
Penn State vs. Notre Dame – 11am
Iowa vs. NCSU – 1pm (Doak Field, NCSU)
Richmond vs. East Carolina – 2:30pm

**All times subject to change

Tickets can be purchased by visiting UND.com/IrishClassicTickets or by calling 574.631.7356 Mon. through Fri., 8:30am to 5pm. Tickets will also be on sale on-site at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Note: Tickets to games at Doak Field are sold separately. Prices for a one-day pass are $12, a tournament pass is $30, and children under 12 get in free. Parking at USA Baseball National Training Complex is free.

USA Baseball-Irish ClassicFor the latest news on tickets, the schedule and more, follow @USABaseball, @NDBaseball and @raleighncsports on Twitter, plus use the hashtag #IrishClassic when posting your own updates to join in on the conversation.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V FoundationThe Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance recently took to Twitter to count down 2014’s best sports industry moments in Greater Raleigh. There were countless numbers of great options to choose from, even when excluding Raleigh area teams’ regular season contests. Not everything could be included, but here are some of our favorite moments of the year. Did you have a personal favorite? Tweet us @raleighncsports and let us know. Here’s to another year of sports in 2015!

IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh2014 marked another banner year for sports tourism in Greater Raleigh. People traveled from all over the world to participate and spectate at many of the terrific sporting events held in the Raleigh area, including Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the USA Baseball-Irish Classic, NCAA Men’s College Cup, CASL visitRaleigh.com National Soccer Series, the SAS Championship and many, many more.

Here’s what the year in sports tourism looked like through our lens. Click any photo to scroll through all images at a larger size. All photos taken by staff at the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. Follow GRSA on Twitter and Instagram to stay in the know.

WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary NCThis weekend Greater Raleigh once again takes center stage of the collegiate and amateur soccer world when the NCAA Men’s College Cup returns to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Four teamsUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Providence College and the University of Virginia (UVA)will square off to decide the 2014 NCAA Champion. Two national semifinal games will be played Fri. evening with the championship game on Sun. Here’s everything you need to know:

1. Matchups and game times:

Fri., Dec. 12 | 5pm: UMBC vs. UVA (TV: ESPNU)

Fri., Dec. 12 | 7:30pm: UCLA vs. Providence (TV: ESPNU)

Sun., Dec. 14 | Noon: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (TV: ESPNU)

See the full tournament bracket at NCAA.com/collegecup.

2. Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased for the semifinal games ($30 for both games), the championship game ($20) or as an all-session pass ($43) HERE. Tickets are general admission and include parking fees. Print your tickets at home or have them waiting for you at will-call. Plan ahead and arrive early. Ticketing is being run by Campbell University, the official host institution of the 2014 Men’s College Cup.

3. Powerhouses:

UCLA and Virginia both sit inside the top five for all NCAA DI programs for most NCAA Tournament and College Cup appearances. UCLA, a four-time National Champion, is participating in their 32nd straight NCAA Tournament (42 appearances overall), along with making their 14th College Cup. Six-time National Champion Virginia has reached their 12th College Cup (and second straight) in their 36th NCAA Tournament. UCLA is the tournament’s number two seed; Virginia is the number 16 seed.

WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary NC4. Cinderellas:

This UMBC squad has reached a place no team at their university has gone beforethe Final Four. The unseeded Retrievers, who have won four games in a row in four different stadiums, are yet to allow a goal in 400 minutes of play in the NCAA Tournament. UMBC is no stranger to competition, however, as this is their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five seasons.

Providence, this year’s Big East Champion (the program’s first), had never reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament before this season. Now the unseeded Friars find themselves just one win away from playing for the national title. The team’s 15 wins this season is the most in program history.

5. Visitor Info:

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau set up a website for visitors at visitRaleigh.com/CollegeCup. On this page you’ll find:

  • Calendar of events across the area for this weekend
  • Accommodation info
  • Restaurants in the area
  • Area maps
  • and more

Visitors can also view the online version of the Official Visitors Guide to Raleigh, Cary and Wake County. While you’re in the area, stop by the Visitor Information Center in downtown Raleigh to find out more about the area and receive personalized recommendations for your stay.

Have questions while on the go? Tweet @visitRaleigh with any of your needs!

6. Fan Festival:

The Fan Festival will keep fans entertained before games on Fri. and Sun., located behind sections 109 and 110. The festival will open at 3pm on Fri. and 10am on Sun. The festival will include interactive games, face painters, concessions, merchandise and more. Tickets are required to access the fan festival.

7. A History of College Cups:

This year will mark the 10th College Cup (4th Men’s) to be hosted by the Town of Cary and WakeMed Soccer Park since 2003. Either a Men’s or Women’s College Cup was held in Cary from 2003 to 2010, and again in 2013. Next December, the women will return to Cary to crown another national champion.

College Cup in Cary NC8. Stay Connected

Want to keep up with the NCAA College Cup while in town (or watching from home)? Follow along on Twitter and Instagram (and post your tweets and photos) using the hashtag #CollegeCup, and make sure to follow the teams on Twitter: @UCLAMSoccer, @UVAMenSoccer, @PVDMensSoccer and @UMBCMensSoccer

As always, follow and tweet to @visitRaleigh for information on the Greater Raleigh and Cary areas.

A Christmas Carol in Raleigh, N.C.Artful Holiday Traditions

Jingle all the way to Greater Raleigh to create new and artful holiday traditions for your family. Take delight in two time-honored performances at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (12/19-28) and Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol (12/10-14).

You’ll be captivated and fascinated by the awe-inspiring grace, grandeur and mysterious illusions of Carolina Ballet’s production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. This season will be spectacular as Robert Weiss again combines the beauty of ballet with a little Las Vegas magic. You can also catch one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast,” A Christmas Carol in Raleigh. Celebrate the musical comedy’s 40th anniversary as this classic performance is sure to warm hearts of all ages. Both productions are bona fide Raleigh holiday traditions and are inspiring ways for adults and children to share in the holiday spirit.

Cap off your holiday experience by grabbing your mittens, lacing up a pair of skates and visiting Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest (through 2/1). A centerpiece during the winter season, this premier holiday event features a signature outdoor skating rink and other fun-filled festivities. Can’t miss: Other holiday favorites across Greater Raleigh like It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play (12/4-8) and “Tis the Season” (12/12) at the Cary Arts Center, Franc D’Ambrosio – Christmas in New York (12/7) at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and “Handel’s Messiah – Christmas Section” (12/20) at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex :: All Creative Genius events in December

For the Adrenaline Junkie

The fall season in Greater Raleigh means nonstop soccer on a national scale, highlighted by the return of the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup (12/12-14). Forty-eight collegiate teams from across the nation will fight for a spot in the final game at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Greater Raleigh also hosts the largest annual youth sporting event in the area’s history, featuring the Boys Showcase during the CASL visitRaleigh.com National Soccer Series (12/12-14). Can’t miss: HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament (12/26-30) at Broughton High School in Raleigh, featuring many of the top-ranked high school players from across the nation :: All Adrenaline Junkie events in December

Seasonal Treats

The holidays offer many special experiences across the Raleigh area. Children will love Brunch with Santa (12/17) at the Garner Performing Arts Center or sipping on a cup of hot apple cider at Historic Oak View County Park for their Sleigh Rides and Cider (12/6) event. Parents can enjoy a night out at the 12th Annual Gingerbread Benefit (12/7) at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, showcasing more than 25 elaborate gingerbread houses donated and created by local celebrity chefs. Can’t miss: North Carolina Symphony’s Sound Bites at the Pub (12/1) at Humble Pie. Sit back and enjoy the performance as you dine on a delicious multi-course meal :: All Foodie events in December

Holidays Around the World

Area holiday celebrations are not limited to those of secular pop culture but include celebrations paying homage to cultures from across the globe. Take part in the rich traditions of the Nordic countries during the Scandinavian Christmas Fair (12/6) at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and indulge in homemade Scandinavian foods, Nordic folk dancing, a traditional Lucia Procession and more. Listen to the pipes and drums, watch traditional Irish dance and shop from local Celtic vendors at the 8th Annual Celtic Christmas (12/14) at Tir na nOg; or, be part of the candle-lighting and other festivities for all ages in the 20th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration (12/20) at the Cary Arts Center. Can’t miss: Take a special holiday tour of the North Carolina Executive Mansion during the Governor’s Mansion Holiday Open House (12/11-14). Browse the decorations, which include N.C.-grown Christmas trees, whimsical gingerbread houses, ornate mantle displays and mixed evergreen arrangements :: All Lifelong Learner events in December

Let’s Jam!

Warm up with a cup of joe and a performance at a coffee shop. Stop in Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner for evening shows by Connie McCoy Rogers and Mo’ Jazz (12/6), Diamond Creel (12/11) and Foscoe Philharmonic (12/20). You can also relax with live music at Sola Coffee & Cafe while listening to Cory Bishop and Friends (12/5), Rachel Joy Pletts (12/6), Lounge Doctors (12/12) and Erin Mason (12/19). Can’t miss: The national and world tours stopping in Raleigh at PNC Arena, including The Black Keys (12/5) and The Avett Brothers (12/31) :: All Music Maniac events in December

Even more December can’t misses

The Raleigh Acorn will be lowered at First Night Raleigh 2015 to ring in the New Year. While the acorn has become synonymous with First Night Raleigh, the festival is much more than the countdown to midnight. Your admission grants access to every performance and every venue throughout the day. That’s nearly 100 performances in more than three dozen locations across downtown Raleigh. What a bargain for just $10! This year’s theme is “Out of This World Fun.” Learn more

Holidays in Raleigh wouldn’t be the same without the Capitol Tree Lighting at the North Carolina State Capitol. The Capitol is beautiful by itself… but holiday trees make things just a little more beautiful. Seasonal music and hands-on fun highlight this evening presented by the North Carolina Museum of History.

One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious cross country events, the Great American Cross Country Festival, returned to Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park Cross Country Course this past weekend for the sixth consecutive year. More than 2,500 runners from 140 high schools and colleges across the U.S. met in Cary on a beautiful morning, Sat., Oct. 4, and competed against each other as well as the 5k course. Results from the meet can be found on the Great American website.

Here are some photos from race morning. Click the photos to zoom in.

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Great American XC 8All photos are courtesy of the Great Raleigh Sports Alliance. You can follow GRSA on Twitter at @raleighncsports and Instagram at @raleighncsports. There’s more cross country happening in Greater Raleigh this fall and you can see a schedule of sports events at raleighsports.org.

10561749_706321976088751_8725344352360511920_nHead to Koka Booth Amphitheatre and Symphony Lake for the 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival! Both the race and accompanying festival started more than 2,000 years ago in southern Mainland China. Brought to you locally by Asian Focus, the Pan American Dragon Boat Association and the Board of the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC), this event is designed as a day of community-based recreation that promotes team-building, wellness and cultural awareness. Previous years have boasted more than 7,000 visitors.

10524353_706378402749775_1675853464756262278_nThe Dragon Boat Festival is popular across the country, and is an opportunity to bring people together, watch races from club and community teams, experience various food and performances and enjoy a fun cultural experience. The festival title–in Chinese, “Duanwu Jie”–translates to the Double Fifth Festival which is derived from being celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese calendar (the lunar calendar), commonly known as the Summer Solstice.

The team sport of dragon boat racing consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steers person paddling to cross the finish faster than the competition. The paddlers work in unison to a drummer’s beat in a long, narrow boat decorated at bow and stern with a dragon’s head and tail. The event encompasses the elements of power, speed, synchronization and endurance. Twelve local teams have entered the competition and welcome you to cheer them on: N.C. Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Top Fast, Grand Asia Market RTP Community Team, North Carolina State University, CDBA, TACAS, Healing Dragons, Merck Dragon Boat Team, RCLS, HEALING DRAGONS OF LAKE JAMES, TAA-NC, Koka Cruisers and Raleigh Relentless.

10384919_706378079416474_2999066948654964110_nThe day will include cultural performances (music, dance, sports, fashion), a variety of food/drink, as well as exhibits. There will also be informational vendor booths set up on site.

The festival itself runs from 9am-4:30pm on Sat., Sept. 27, while the boat race will take place between 9:30am-4pm. Races will continue throughout the day. Admission is free; blankets, lawn chairs and bottled water are allowed. No picnics are permitted as the festival will feature a variety of international cuisine for purchase. Venue-owned parking is offered at no charge.

Written by Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Photo credits: Dragon Boat Festival in the Greater Triangle Area Facebook Page

 

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon1. Rock ‘n’ what?

The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research–a road race in Raleigh featuring 12,500 runners and 30 bands and cheerleaders lining the race course to keep energy levels through the roof. A free concert at Red Hat Amphitheater gets underway once runners start coming through the finish line.

1b. I know that – I’m running!

Awesome! Welcome to Raleigh and good luck, then. Check out visitRaleigh.com for visitor information including restaurants and attractions. Also visit the Visitor Information Center in downtown Raleigh at 500 Fayetteville St. to have a local expert answer your questions.

2. When? Where? 

Sun., Apr. 13–runners take off at 7am. Race start line is at the corner of W. Davie St. and S. Salisbury St. in downtown Raleigh. Both the marathon and half marathon finishes will be at the corner of Davie St. and Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh. See the full course here: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/raleigh/course

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3. So, post-race concert?

Runners take off at 7am, and bands will play all along the course all morning. In Red Hat Amphitheater, Love Canon takes the stage at 8am. They’re a bluegrass 80s band. At 10:15am, the medals ceremony will take place to recognize the day’s top runners, and then at 10:30am the headliner band plays. New Politics, a Danish punk rock band with recent U.S. mainstream hits “Harlem” and “Tonight’ You’re Perfect” will help race finishers celebrate their accomplishments into the afternoon. Southern roots band Old Habits will take things to the end of the event, 3pm.

 

3b. Where can I park? 

You’ll find this participant and spectator parking information helpful: PARKING INFO.

4. Come out and support on Sun.–got it. Anything else?

Yes! The Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on Fri. from noon-6pm and Sat. from 9am-5pm. More than 80 exhibitors will be there handing out free samples and showing off the latest and greatest in running gear, sports apparel and nutrition.

On Sat., come out for the live music on S. Salisbury St. directly in front of the convention center. Bands will be on stage from 11am to 6pm, and beer vendors will be onsite as well. The weather forecast is terrific–you won’t want to miss out.

rnrblog25. How do I keep up with everything going on this weekend? 

Well, social media is your best bet. On Twitter and Instagram, check out the hashtag #RnRRAL. Post your photos and updates using that to get in on the action. Follow @runrocknroll on both Twitter and Instagram, and check out their Facebook page if that’s your thing, too. Locally, follow the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance on Twitter at @raleighncsports and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau at @visitRaleigh.

There isn’t much naturally special about the weekend of April 20 (except Earth Day), so you’re probably wondering why we’d recommend such a random time to visit. For no intentional reason other than that Greater Raleigh is an exceptionally happening and fun-filled place, this weekend is absolutely brimming with events, much more so than usual.

Bring in the Spring with some fun in the sun. The Cuegrass Festival has been an annual hit, hosting one of downtown Raleigh’s largest block parties complete with delicious barbecue and fixin’s from The Pit, not to mention awesome live bands. Get artsy by attending a performance of Leaving Iowa at Raleigh’s Theatre In The Park, or mix your love of food and the arts at the Great Grapes! Art, Music and Wine Festival at the Town of Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Adrenaline Junkies can have the time of their lives with a few N.C. State baseball home games and Carolina Mudcats home games to choose from throughout the weekend. Even aside from baseball, the sports scene will be especially happening, with the ACC Tennis Championship and the North American Table Tennis Olympic Trials at Bond Park, both taking place in Cary.

The performance arts will be going strong during this weekend, with Steel Magnolias and Passport to Wales both set to be performed by the N.C. Theatre and N.C. Symphony, respectively. The Raleigh Amphitheater will host the intoxicating DAYGLOW show, a high-energy fusion of music, art, dance and paint that forms the world’s largest paint party. The Carolina Ballet will also be at the Progress Energy Center, with a dazzling performance of Carmina Burana.

Make sure to get your laughs over the weekend with the belly-rolling humor of the comedians performing at the World Series of Comedy at Goodnight’s Comedy Club. Or watch clowns, dancers and artists perform daring feats at the Cole Brothers Circus at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

On top of all this, Raleigh will host the area’s largest grand opening, possibly ever! The new Nature Research Center wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will open its doors for the first time on April 20, complete with a 24-hour celebration. This will be the largest all-night party downtown Raleigh has ever seen!

There sure isn’t a shortage of fun things to do in Greater Raleigh April 20-22, and we’re positive you’ll leave wishing the weekend had lasted a little longer so you’d have had time to fit in even more!

It’s that time again. You know, one of the most notoriously unproductive times of the year, when it seems like everyone and their mother is glued to a screen watching basketball game after basketball game. It’s March Madness!

If you’re in town March 25-27 then you’re in luck, because this year Raleigh has the honor of hosting the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Regionals. Thousands of players and fans will flock to North Carolina State University/PNC Arena to witness all of the March Madness in person.

Looking for a great spot to watch the games? Tobacco Road on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh is a local favorite, with a full wall of televisions so you’ll know for sure that your game is on. Other popular hot spots for sports watching include Backyard Bistro, with five huge screens, and the Brickhouse Sports Pub.

March Madness goes beyond the NCAA basketball games in Greater Raleigh. During the month of March, Adrenaline Junkies can take a break from the games and enjoy several races, including the Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon and the St. Patty’s Day Run Greek 8k, as well as Carolina Hurricanes hockey games.

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