Six cheap, fun Charlotte sporting activities for spring

With the arrival of April, more and more pale Queens students are emerging from their residence halls and escaping their cabin fever.  But what is there to do in the final month before exams and summer break?  More than you may think, and you can do many activities without breaking the bank.

Sports

  1. Charlotte Eagles

The Charlotte Eagles and Lady Eagles are soccer teams in the Premier Development League and USL W-League respectively, the top amateur soccer leagues in the country.  Most players in the leagues play on premier NCAA Division I teams and use these leagues to engage in competitive play before the college season begins.  What’s better?  The Eagles play on Queens’ own Dickson Field at the Athletic Complex.

Cost: $10 per ticket (on dates with double-headers, one ticket is good for both games)

Date: Men’s & Women’s Schedules

  1. Charlotte Hounds

The Charlotte Hounds are the semi-professional lacrosse team in town.  They are a member of Major League Lacrosse and play at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Kings Drive.  The stadium can be found near Central Piedmont Community College’s campus, between N. Kings Drive and Charlottetown Ave.

Cost: Starting around $13 per ticket

Date: Schedule

  1. Charlotte Independence

The Charlotte Independence are the new professional soccer team in town, taking the place of the Charlotte Eagles in the United Soccer League.  The team played their opening match at Transamerica Field at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and will also play their April 24 match there as well.

Cost: $15 per ticket if purchased before the game, $20 at the gate

Date: Schedule

  1. Charlotte Knights

The Charlotte Knights are the AAA affiliate (highest minor league below the MLB) of the Chicago White Sox and compete in the International League against the Durham Bulls and the Atlanta Braves’, Boston Red Sox’s and New York Yankees’ affiliates, to name a few.  The ball club plays their home games in Uptown at BB&T Ballpark, which is entering into its sophomore season.  The stadium’s skyline view  offers one of the best backdrops available for a local sporting event, and the team offers many different promotions, from giveaways to reduced concession prices and the fan favorite: Friday Night Fireworks.

Cost: Starting around $11 per ticket

Date: Schedule (Tip: click the asterisk to see the promotions for each game)

  1. Tuck Fest

Standup Paddleboard races through whitewater.  Twilight obstacle and scavenger hunt races.  Mountain Bike Stunts.  Downriver kayak races.  All that–and much more– is happening on the first day of Tuck Fest, which spans April 17 to April 19.  All events will take place on the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s grounds and will be free to the public.

Cost: $5 per day for parking

Date: First event begins at 5:15 p.m. on April 17. Final event begins at 2:30 p.m. April 19

  1. Queens Royals

With all of the professional sports offered, Queens’ own Royals can certainly not be neglected.  The golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track and field teams are still in season.  A sampling of upcoming local events includes:

  • Thursday, April 9 at 1 p.m., the tennis teams will face the Catawba Indians at the tennis courts in Freedom Park (found at the corner of East Blvd. and Maryland Ave.).
  • Thursday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m., the men’s lacrosse team will face off against the rival Belmont Abbey Crusaders. The match is at Alumni Field on Belmont Abbey’s campus, approximately 25 minutes away.
  • Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m., the softball team will begin its doubleheader against the Anderson Trojans. Softball games are played at Park Road Park, approximately nine minutes away.
  • Saturday, April 11, the track and field teams will compete at the Johnson C. Smith Invite.
  • Sunday April 12 at 1 p.m., the tennis teams will compete against the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears at the tennis courts at Freedom Park.
  • Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m., the women’s lacrosse team will compete against the Lindenwood Lions at Dickson Field at the Queens Athletic Complex.
  • Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m., the softball team will begin its doubleheader against the Carson-Newman Eagles at Park Road Park.
  • From Sunday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 21, the men’s golf team will compete at the SAC Championships in Marvin, N.C.
  • Sunday April, 26 at 1 p.m., the men’s lacrosse team will host the Lake Erie Storm at Dickson Field at the Queens Athletic Complex.

At all home events, admission is free with a college ID.  Away events’ prices are determined by the home team or the athletic conference.  Check the organization’s websites for admission information.

Cost: Home games are free

Well, what are you waiting for? Go watch a game or two, confident you can still afford to head home in a month.​

This article is part one of a three-article series on affordable Charlotte activities for Queens students. 

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