Summer 2011 is full of sporting events in Raleigh, North Carolina the entire family can attend. The summer holds regional events all the way to championship games and meets for various sports such as baseball, softball, swimming, and lacrosse. Listed below are some of the best family friendly sporting events the family will enjoy in Raleigh, North Carolina.
NC State baseball games 5/13-5/17
Take the children to see the North Carolina State University baseball team in action. Support the players during their last home games of the season. North Carolina State University’s baseball team will take on Florida State on May 13 through May 15 and William & Mary on May 17. Your boys may end up playing on the team one day. You never know! North Carolina State University’s Baseball games are held at Doak Field in Dail Park. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 seniors, youth and groups, and free for students who show student ID cards. To purchase tickets online and find out information on time, directions, etc. visit the NC State’s Athletic website.
NCAA II Baseball Championship 5/28-6/24
Get your tickets now to see the United States Top Division 8 Division II teams compete. The games will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on 200 Brooks Park Lane. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, or $25 admission to all games if purchased before May 17. After May 17, the price of tickets will increase. Seating is first come first serve and parking is free.
9th Annual National Black Heritage Championship Swim Meet 5/28-5/29
Support the NC Aquablazers compete at the National Black Heritage Championship swim meet. The Aquablazers are a traveling minority swim team with swimmers from North Carolina, Florida, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The meet will consist of over 730 swimmers from 40 teams all over the country. The Aquablazers strive to increase the number of minority swimmers around the country. The meet will be held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina.
2011 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games 6/3-6/6
The 2011 Summer Olympics will be held in Raleigh & Cary. Over 1,500 athletes, 600 coaches, 500 family and friends, and 800 volunteers will watch this spectacular sporting event. The athletes will compete in golf, gymnastics, softball, powerlifting, volleyball, and aquatics. Come watch talented athletes who have been training for months. The event is free of charge.
NCHSAA State Baseball/Softball Championship 6/3-6/4
A weekend of baseball and softball championship games will be in town. The NCHSAA (North Carolina High School Athletic Association) baseball state championship games will be at North Carolina State University and Five County Stadium’s Doak Field. The softball state championship will be held the same weekend but at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
US Lacrosse Regional Festival and Qualifier 6/17-6/19
The US Lacrosse Regional Qualifier games will be a great event for the family to attend. If your children haven’t been to a lacrosse game, the summer is the perfect time to show them what it is all about. The US Lacrosse Regional Festival and Qualifier will be held at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh.
USA Baseball Tournament of Stars 6/22-6/26
USA Baseball represents baseball for the United States as member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and internationally as a member federation of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). Families with sons who are baseball lovers should not let the boys miss this event. The Tournament of Stars consists of 144 of the nation’s best players. Games will take place at USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.
USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships 7/26-7/31
In case your family missed June’s major swimming events, you have another chance. The USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Championships are based on top regional swimmers at Senior and Age Group levels who qualify for the meets. The swimmers come from all over the United States. This family friendly event will be held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina.
For further information on family friendly sporting events in Raleigh and Cary, go to VisitRaleigh. This website provides the 2011 calendar of sporting events in the area and links to each event’s website.