|Former names||Carter Stadium (1966-1979)|
|Location||4600 Trinity Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
|Owner||North Carolina State University|
|Operator||North Carolina State University|
|Surface||Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass (sidelines are artificial turf)|
|Broke ground||December 14, 1964|
|Opened||October 8, 1966|
|Construction cost||$3.7 million
($27 million in 2016 dollars)
|Architect||Milton Small and Associates & Charles H. Kahn (original 1966 stadium)
Corley Redfoot Architects, Inc. (all additions and renovations since 2001)
|Structural engineer||LHC Structural Engineers (since 2001)|
|General contractor||L.E. Wooten and Co.|
|Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks (WLAF) (1991)|
As early as the 1950s, State was looking to replace its on-campus facility, Riddick Stadium. The concrete-and-wood stadium had been built in 1907 and was showing its age. It never held more than 23,000 seats (14,000 permanent) at any time. Partly because of this, many of longtime coach Earle Edwards' teams played more games on the road than at home. Partly due to Edwards' urging, school officials began a concerted effort to build a more modern facility
The new stadium finally opened in 1966. It was originally named Carter Stadium, in honor of Harry C. & Wilbert J. "Nick" Carter, both graduates of the university. They were major contributors to the original building of the stadium. The name of Albert E. Finley, another major contributor to the University, was added in September, 1979.
While located on University land, the stadium is a few miles to the west of the academic campus on Trinity Road, just off of Hillsborough Street.
Carter–Finley Stadium's season tickets have been sold out for nine straight years.
Carter–Finley Stadium has the smallest clearance between the stands and the sidelines of any stadium in the ACC.
Prior to the 2001 season, the University began a program of modernization of the stadium by enclosing the southern endzone with seats, and the state-of-the-art Murphy Center (named for Wendell Murphy) was built behind it. Following the 2004 football season, Carter–Finley was again expanded with the completion of the "Vaughn Towers", a complex of luxury boxes, club seats, and media facilities which opened for the 2005 football season.
For the 2006 season, a new north end zone grandstand was added consisting of 5,730 new chairback, bench, and handicap-accessible seating with another 1,630 permanent bleacher seats built underneath the video scoreboard making Carter–Finley a bowl and giving it a capacity of 57,583 spectators. Additional upgrades to the stadium included a new north end zone plaza with concession stands and the addition of two video screens in each corner of the south endzone.
Retired numbers displayed on the west facade of Carter–Finley Stadium include those of Roman Gabriel (18), Torry Holt (81), Philip Rivers (17), Bill Yoest (63), Dennis Byrd (77), Dick Christy (40), Jim Ritcher (51), Ted Brown (23), Mario Williams (9), Russell Wilson (16). Carter–Finley also displays banners from NC State's Bowl appearances which include the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Liberty Bowl.
On October 3, 2009, the stadium hosted a concert by U2 and the opening band Muse, during their 360° Tour. This was the first time the venue had hosted a similar event, since the modernization of the stadium.
On May 3, 2016, Beyoncé performed at the stadium as part of her The Formation World Tour, making her the first solo female to headline a concert in the stadium. During the show, the stadium was evacuated during the middle of the concert after lighting had been spotted in the area. The show later resumed after almost an hour.
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