Last weekend I got to spend a wonderful Saturday evening with my daughters at the home opener for the Carolina Railhawks. They are a "minor league" soccer team based in Cary, NC. My girls chose the game as their "turn" to do something as their older brother got to attend a Carolina Hurricanes game with me 3 or 4 years ago. Those with children know how that works.
I really enjoyed the game. With all the games my girls play in, I have really gotten to where I enjoy watching soccer even when they are not playing. In person was great. It is too bad the tickets are as expensive as they are, or I might be tempted to buy some season tickets. The game itself was a close match as the Railhawks pulled off a 1-0 victory over the Charleston Battery.
The other interesting thing for me was all the tie-ins with Cary. Since the soccer complex itself is located in Cary, I suppose they kind of consider it their team. So lots of the advertising was Cary businesses, the post-game watering hole is a pub in Cary, etc. Having grown up in Cary many years ago when it was about a tenth of the size it is now, it was one of those, "who'd a thunk it?" moments.
Perhaps the kicker to the evening was when we arrived at the soccer park. Just as we got there a silver Mini Cooper showed up and turned in front of us, also on their way to the game. We ended up parked right next to each other. And a few minutes later, a Pepper White Mini parked on the same row - we followed them out.
So, soccer, Minis, and a great night with my girls!