Root, Root, Root for the Home Team!

May 2, 2017

As summer approaches, our visitors are looking for ways to pack into their trips as much entertainment as possible. Some of our “go-to” sources for inexpensive, summertime fun in Cumberland County happen to be our sports teams. Fayetteville plays host to a variety of spectator sports events year-round, but in the summer, you will find us in the stands, rooting for these three home teams.

Cape Fear Heroes

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If you have never attended a professional indoor football game, you are in for a treat with the Cape Fear Heroes. Playing all their home games at the Crown Coliseum, the Heroes is one of eight teams that are members of the Supreme Indoor Football (SIF) league, which is based out of Fayetteville.

All the action takes place with an 8-man team on a field the size of an ice-hockey ring, leading to some exciting plays. The Heroes took home the American Indoor Football League Championship in 2012, and nearly halfway through the season this year, they remain undefeated. If they keep this up, our Heroes will move on to the SIF Championship playoffs in late June.

Tip: Follow the Heroes’ official fan page for frequent updates on team appearances and game theme nights.

Fayetteville Roller Derby

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This sports organization achieved full recognition as an internationally ranked Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby league in 2016, and boasts a total of four teams, predominantly comprised of women. Fayetteville Roller Derby’s (FRD) home games all take place at the Crown Arena, with the season lasting from January through September.

Once the whistle blows, signaling the start of the “jam,” the fast-paced hits and action begin, and these athletes take the game seriously. Their nicknames represent their fierce attitude about the sport, with monikers like “Duchess of Pain” and “Rita Slayworth.” Despite their toughness, though, FRD players pride themselves on keeping the games family-friendly.

Tip: Watch the FRD Ritzy Rollers take on the Wreckers at the “Dog Days of Summer” game, on May 20, when they will collect pet items to donate to the local animal protection society.

Fayetteville SwampDogs

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The locals know that a night out at J.P. Riddle Stadium, or “The Swamp,” is some of the best summertime entertainment you can enjoy with the whole family. The SwampDogs, a collegiate summer baseball team, has been competing in the wooden-bat Coastal Plain League for 16 years now.

The 2017 season opener is scheduled for May 30, when the ‘Dogs will take on the Holly Springs Salamanders. Thirty home games will be played over the summer, and each night promises a different, fun theme, with a few to include a fireworks extravaganza.

Tip: Surprise the dad in your life by purchasing tickets to the SwampDogs’ game scheduled for Father’s Day, June 18.


Are you planning a visit to Cumberland County soon? Be sure to check out the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Calendar of Events for all the sports events and other fun happenings taking place over the summer. The FACVB offers a number of other helpful online resources to visitors—including where to eat, shop, and stay in “America’s Hometown.”

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