Carter-Finley stadium is getting some upgrades this season, and GoPack.com highlighted them recently. We’re pretty excited about them and we think you might be too.
Here is what is being added.
New LED Stadium lights
This is going to be awesome. These new lights can change colors and do some amazing light shows, so be ready for a new and improved intro this season. Looks like they are going to be able to put the stadium in a red-out! Check it out.
A new and improved Raleighwood
Raleighwood is a fan entertainment zone created between Carter-Finley and the PNC. It was a success in season 1 and it’s going to be better this year. They will feature food trucks form The Pit, Daughtery’s, Tacos Las Gringas, Two Roosters Ice Cream, Maui WOwi, and Kona Ice. Oh, and you can still grab a brew at teh Lowes Foods Beer Den.
New food options and NC Sips (Mobile Beer Pick Up)!
Carter-Finley already has good food options, but this year they are adding Pizza Hut and Penn Station Subs. They also have Mobile Beer Pick Up app NC Sips ready to roll, so bookmark this link before you head out there for your quickest avenue to a cold beer.
New Wolfpack Moments banners!
Throughout the stadium, you’ll be seeing some new banners hanging in the concourse. They are from some of the best moments in NC State history.
There’s a lot more, so make sure you visit GoPack’s link at the top of the article.
If you’re asking us, the one we’re most excited about is the new LED lights. Imagine a night game. The Pack is about to run out, and the lights go dark. The stadium lights red. The wolves howl. The fireworks go off.
Now that’s an intro!
Get your first taste of all of this, this weekend, when NC State hosts Charleston Southern for their season opener!
NC State’s Payton Wilson Earns USA Today All-American 1st Team Honors
The honors keep rolling in, and I don’t expect them to stop. NC State Linebacker was named to the USA Today All-American 1st Team yesterday.
QB: Jayden Daniels, LSU
RB: Ollie Gordon II, Oklahoma State
RB: Cody Schrader, Missouri
WR: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
WR: Malik Nabers, LSU
TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia
OL: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State
OL: Zak Zinter, Michigan
OL: Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon
OL: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
OL: Joe Alt, Notre Dame
DL: Laiatu Latu, UCLA
DL: Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois
DL: T’Vondre Sweat, Texas
DL: Jalen Green, James Madison
LB: Payton Wilson, North Carolina State
LB: Dallas Turner, Alabama
LB: Jay Higgins, Iowa
CB: Cooper DeJean, Iowa
CB: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
S: Malaki Starks, Georgia
S: Xavier Watts, Notre Dame
K: Graham Nicholson, Miami (Ohio)
P: Tory Taylor, Iowa
RET: Zachariah Branch, Southern California
ALL-PURPOSE: Ashton Jeanty, Boise State
NC State’s Payton Wilson Wins the Butkus Award
NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson was named the winner of the 2023 Butkus Award tonight. The Butkus Award has been awarded to the best Linebacker in college football since 1985.
Wilson beat the following finalists:
Ty’Ron Hopper, Missouri
Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson
Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington
Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi State
Wilson becomes the first player in NC State history to win the Butkus Award. Levar Fisher was a semifinalist in 2001.
Wilson eclipsed the 400-career tackle mark in the final week of the regular season, just one of five active FBS players to achieve the feat. Throughout his storied career for the Wolfpack, Wilson has accumulated stats that rank him inside the top 10 of active FBS players in total tackles, tackles per game, solo tackles, solo tackles per game, assisted tackles, assisted tackles-for-loss, total tackles-for-loss, and tackles-for-loss per game.
Wilson leads the conference and ranks fifth nationally this season with 138 tackles and an average of 11.5 tackles per game and has tallied the most total tackles for a Wolfpack player in a single season since Earl Wolff had 145 in 2012. (ACC)
NC State’s Payton Wilson Named 1st Team All-American by CBS & PFF
Expect these to be the first of many. NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson was named 1st Team All-American by CBS and ProFootballFocus.
QUARTERBACK: JAYDEN DANIELS, LSU TIGERS
Second Team: Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks
RUNNING BACK: OLLIE GORDON II, OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Second Team: Audric Estime, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
WIDE RECEIVER: MALIK NABERS, LSU TIGERS
Second Team: Luther Burden III, Missouri Tigers
WIDE RECEIVER: ROME ODUNZE, WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Second Team: Malik Washington, Virginia Cavaliers
WIDE RECEIVER: MARVIN HARRISON JR., OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Second Team: Troy Franklin, Oregon Ducks
TIGHT END: BROCK BOWERS, GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Second Team: Ben Sinnott, Kansas State Wildcats
LEFT TACKLE: JOE ALT, NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Second Team: Javon Foster, Missouri Tigers
LEFT GUARD: COOPER BEEBE, KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Second Team: Clay Webb, Jacksonville State Gamecocks
CENTER: JACKSON POWERS-JOHNSON, OREGON DUCKS
Second Team: Sedrick Van Pan, Georgia Bulldogs
RIGHT GUARD: CHRISTIAN HAYNES, UCONN HUSKIES
Second Team: Tate Ratledge, Georgia Bulldogs
RIGHT TACKLE: TALIESE FUAGA, OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Second Team: JC Latham, Alabama Crimson Tide
INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: T’VONDRE SWEAT, TEXAS LONGHORNS
Second Team: Byron Murphy II, Texas Longhorns
INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: JER’ZHAN NEWTON, ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
Second Team: Howard Cross III, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
EDGE DEFENDER: LAIATU LATU, UCLA BRUINS
Second Team: Chop Robinson, Penn State Nittany Lions
EDGE DEFENDER: BRALEN TRICE, WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Second Team: Ashton Gillotte, Louisville Cardinals
LINEBACKER: PAYTON WILSON, NC STATE WOLFPACK
Second Team: Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson Tigers
Wilson was the second-most valuable linebacker in the nation this year according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. His 21 tackles for loss/no-gain were tied for the most among all linebackers in the Power Five, as were his three interceptions.
LINEBACKER: EDGERRIN COOPER, TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Second Team: Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington Huskies
CORNERBACK: KOOL-AID MCKINSTRY, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Second Team: Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo Rockets
CORNERBACK: SEBASTIAN CASTRO, IOWA HAWKEYES
Second Team: Terrion Arnold, Alabama Crimson Tide
SAFETY: TYLER NUBIN, MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
Second Team: Malaki Starks, Georgia Bulldogs
SAFETY: CALEB DOWNS, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Second Team: Dillon Thieneman, Purdue Boilermakers
FLEX-D: KITAN OLADAPO, OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Second Team: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri Tigers
KICKER: JOSHUA KARTY, STANFORD CARDINAL
Second Team: Andres Borregales, Miami (FL) Hurricanes
PUNTER: JAMES BURNIP, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Second Team: Tory Taylor, Iowa Hawkeyes
RETURN SPECIALIST: ZACHARIAH BRANCH, USC TROJANS
Second Team: Xavier Worthy, Texas Longhorns
Did You Know NC State Ranks in the Top-25 for Most Times Ranked in the CFP Top-25?
The College Football Playoff Rankings began in 2014, the 2nd year of Dave Doeren’s tenure at NC State. The Final 2023 CFP Top-25 Poll came out on Sunday, and NC State finished ranked 18th. That marks the 24th time the Wolfpack have been ranked in the CFP Top-25, which happens to rank 25th in all of college football.
1) Alabama – 60
1) Ohio St. – 60
3) Clemson – 54
4) Oklahoma – 52
5) Notre Dame – 49
6) Georgia – 48
7) LSU – 45
8) Utah – 44
9) Michigan – 43
9) Oklahoma St. – 43
11) Oregon – 38
12) Penn St. – 36
13) USC – 33
14) Wisconsin – 32
15) Iowa – 31
16) Florida St. – 30
17) Auburn – 29
17) Washington – 29
19) Florida – 28
19) Ole Miss – 28
21) Baylor – 26
21) Michigan St. – 26
21) Mississippi St. – 26
24) TCU – 25
25) NC State – 24
NC State ranks 3rd in the ACC behind Clemson and FSU. UNC ranks 32nd and Louisville ranks 33rd.
Not bad for the Wolfpack.