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Sports in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

Sports enthusiasts definitely won’t be bored in the Triangle area. The region is a sporting hot bed and college sports rule – with the many major colleges and universities here, this is no surprise.

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The region’s three universities – Duke, NC State, and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill – have all shown incredible prowess not just in research and academics over the years, but also on different sporting fields. The most well-known collegiate sports teams here are the Duke Blue Devils, the NC State Wolf pack, and the UNC Tar Heels.

The Research Triangle area has also produced some of the biggest names in sports history. Basketball legend Michael Jordan hails from Wilmington, North Carolina and played for UNC for three years before being drafted and playing for Chicago Bulls. Also from UNC is James Worthy, one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”. Another star in the sports world, Josh Hamilton (2010 American League MVP), hails from Raleigh.


Four professional sports teams are headquartered within the limits of the Triangle, with only one, the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, in the major leagues. Minor league teams here are baseball’s Carolina Mud cats and Durham Bulls, and soccer’s Carolina Rail Hawks.


RTP is jam-packed with all kinds of sports facilities. You won’t have any problems keeping fit and active here, whether you’re the type who likes to golf on Sundays or you’re more into extreme sports.

There are more than a few golf courses in the area. Some of the most highly rated of which are in the universities – the UNC Finley Golf Club, the Duke University Golf Club, and the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in NC State.

Sports clubs abound and if you’re looking for sports that will keep you more in touch with nature, there are many recreational facilities located throughout the region that are in the outdoors. If you’re a fan of rafting and paddling, the Eno River’s small rapids might suit you. County and state parks feature hiking and biking trails with different levels of difficulty. These trails are perfect for hikers, bikers, joggers, and trail runners.