Pick a college team to root for. Will you support the NC State Wolfpack? The Duke Blue Devils?The UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels? Or another Raleigh or NC school? (Understood that you’d only support them when your own fave college team isn’t playing them.) Yes, you might say, “I ain’t got no dog in this fight.” But you are living in a college town – where’s the fun in remaining neutral? (Can we just say you’d look fantastic in red?)
Pick a local team to cheer for and you’ll enjoy March Madness and the super intense rivalries even more. There’s no party like a Franklin St. (Tar Heels) or Hillsborough St. (NC State) or West Campus (Blue Devils) party after a huge win over a rival. And tailgating at a college game is a sport unto itself!
Go to a game, match or meet during your first 90 days here. There’s no excuse to be a couch-riding sports fan in Raleigh. We have a LOT of choices in the Triangle and just a few hours beyond:
Three NCAA Division 1 colleges (see #1) with ALL the sports from the well-known biggies to the lesser-heralded fencing, cross country, lacrosse, swimming, volleyball, wrestling, rifle (yup, it’s a sport) and more.
NHL hockey with the Carolina Hurricanes (‘Canes) playing in Raleigh’s PNC Arena. (And yes, we do tailgate at Hurricanes games.)
Participate – whatever that looks like for you. Perhaps you join a running or kickball club or Ultimate Frisbee or pickleball team. Maybe you attend a sports watch party at a local bar. Or play pickup ball at a Community Center. Or coach/volunteer with a youth team. (If you have kids who are going to play in a school or club league, you’re going to be there ridiculously early on a Saturday morning anyway so why not help out in some way?) There are plenty of ideas below and a simple Facebook search of Raleigh (your sport) will surface others.