Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and the like.
It’s all over TV screens all around our globe right now, World Cup soccer. In the Triangle, we have our own soccer team to cheer for, the Carolina RailHawks. Our RailHawks play home matches in the WakeMed Soccer Park located in Cary, where they’ve been on a winning streak this year, playing opponents from clubs across North America (including Mexico and Canada). Tickets are available now for this Sunday’s match (July 6th at 4:00pm) against Liga MX club Puebla FC as well as the upcoming Quarterfinal Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (on Weds., July 9th) when the RailHawks will host MLS’ FC Dallas. And you may be pleased to learn that local LoneRider beer can be found on tap at the soccer park (I know I was happy about that discovery)… just in case you needed a little added incentive to get out and cheer on the Triangle’s North American Soccer League team.
If you want to catch World Cup action, the U.S. Men’s National Team is playing Belgium in the Round of 16 today (at 4:00pm). If you can manage getting out of work early, head over to the soccer park where The Town of Cary, Carolina RailHawks and Backyard Bistro are hosting another free watch party. The match will be displayed on the ginormous 38ft x 20ft, state-of-the-art videoboard in the South Endzone. Admission and parking to the event is free to the general public and a full concessions menu will be available (no outside food/beverages please).
Go USMNT! And go RailHawks!