North Carolina Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Cary)

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Raleigh, North Carolina

TV Market: Nielsen DMA #24*
Existing Team: North Carolina FC previously Carolina Railhawks – NASL
Venue: A proposed 24,000 seat stadium privately financed by the investors
Money: Investment group led by Steve Malik (North Carolina FC and founder of Medfusion)
Summary: Charlotte isn’t the only show in North Carolina, and Steve Malik’s aggressive bid boasts 100% private funding, which few others can claim. There’s not much new news from this camp other than announcing that they will submit their bid on time. Brian Straus released his MLS expansion profile which is gospel on the subject.
News & Resources: 

  • 12/6 – The Carolina Railhawks re-brand as North Carolina FC in conjunction with their MLS bid, including the sale of various levels of membership that can be bought by fans and companies to show support. [WNCN]
  • 12/16 – Article about Raleigh/Durham bid after December 15 MLS Board of Governors announcement. This article includes comments from Garber about the bid and North Carolina’s controversial HB2 legislation. [News & Observer]
  • 1/9 – Announcement is made that North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik has purchased NWSL team Western New York Flash, which will be rebranded as the North Carolina Courage and begin play in Cary in 2017. [News & Observer
  • 1/27 – MLS expansion profile for Raleigh / Durham is released by Brian Straus. [SI]
  • 1/31 – Triangle ownership group, led by Steve Malik submits MLS application.  The article discusses the stadium plan which features a translucent roof. [News & Observer]