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Eakes Athletic Complex

Buies Creek, NC

Home of the Campbell Camels

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Eakes Athletic Complex (map it)
73 Eakes Dr
Buies Creek, NC 27506


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Year Opened: 1986

Capacity: 1,000

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A Thirst for Soccer

Eakes Athletic Complex was dedicated in 1986, and has been renovated several times since then. Lights were added in 1994, the electronic scoreboard in 2002, the McLeod Athletic Training Facility in 2004, the windscreen in 2008, and the brick and wrought iron fencing in 2009. The most recent additions to the complex are the press box and bench pavilions on the south sideline.

A grandstand on the north sideline has seating for 1,000, with additional seating on the grass next to and in front of the stands. In years past, Campbell soccer was known for leading the Atlantic Sun conference in home attendance, and A-Sun tournaments have been held at the venue several times.

The Camels currently compete in the Big South conference.

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Food & Beverage    2

Eakes Athletic Complex has a very limited selection of food and beverages available from its concession stand near the grandstand. Food options include chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, and packaged candy, with prices ranging from $1 to $4. The chicken sandwiches are actually quite tasty; the patties are very juicy.

Drink options include bottled soda, bottled water, PowerAde, and hot cocoa; soda and water are $2, while PowerAde and hot cocoa are $3.

Atmosphere    2

Eakes Athletic Complex has improved considerably since it was constructed, but still lacks some of the amenities you might find at other college soccer venues. The seating is all metal bleachers without chair backs, or you are welcome to sit on the grass. I did not notice any giveaways, and there isn't really anything to do here except watch the match.

Neighborhood    1

Eakes Athletic Complex is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, a small town of barely 3,000. There is really nothing in Buies Creek besides Campbell University itself; there are a couple of fast food places, but the only sit-down restaurant to speak of is the Lillington Sports Zone Restaurant & Grill, in the next town over, about 4 miles from the soccer field. The only hotel in the area (Microtel Inn & Suites) is also in Lillington.

You can watch other games on TV at Lillington Sports Zone, play cornhole, and they also have a patio, as well as a party room which groups can rent. Their menu includes pretty standard fare such as appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and seafood, but no alcohol is served here.

Fans    1

At a typical soccer match the Camels will draw a couple hundred fans at most, very few of which show up in team gear. Most of them appear to be students or family members of players, which makes sense given the tiny population of Buies Creek; there just aren't that many people around for the team to bring in.

Access    3

Eakes Athletic Complex is very small, and thus is very easy to move around, with no crowds to fight. The only downside is getting here, as Buies Creek is pretty far off the beaten path, so it will be a long drive down back roads.

Once you arrive, though, you will find free parking in a lot right next to the soccer field. There are bathrooms located inside the McLeod Athletic Training Facility (behind the east goal), so you won't have to walk far for that. There is also a table in front of the concessions stand, if you prefer to sit there while you eat. In addition, moving around the complex is easy enough, since there is no concourse to speak of, so the grandstand and concessions area are wide open.

Return on Investment    2

Admission is free to Campbell soccer games, so if you live in the area and want to take in a match, this is a perfectly fine option. It is probably not worth making a long drive for, however, since there is really nothing else to do while you're here. On the plus side it does have free parking and cheap concessions, so if you do come it won't cost you very much.

Extras    1

Despite the current lack of amenities, it is impressive that the University has continued to make small improvements to the venue year after year, so I have no doubt Eakes Athletic Complex will eventually become a pretty good facility for college soccer.

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Lillington Sports Zone  (map it!)

320 E Cornelius Harnett Blvd

Lillington, NC 27546

(910) 514-9600

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lillington  (map it!)

300 E Cornelius Harnett Blvd

Lillington, NC 27546

(910) 893-2626

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