When it comes to finding ways to entertain themselves, residents of York County have tons of great options. In addition to what you see here, be sure to check out the Arts and Culture and Recreation pages on this site.
It doesn't matter if you prefer college athletics to professional sports — or vice versa. Here in York County you'll have easy access to both, and the biggest challenge you'll face is deciding which to attend.
For fans of professional sports, the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets play less than twenty miles away in stadiums in uptown Charlotte. The Charlotte Knights, the region’s minor league baseball team, recently moved into the new BB&T Park, also in uptown Charlotte. Home games have become a popular outing for families thanks to affordable ticket prices and numerous family-oriented theme nights.
The Winthrop University Eagles provide plenty of college sports action. Between the men’s and women’s teams, the Eagles field 17 sports teams that include baseball, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball. Tickets to individual sporting events as well as seasonal sports passes are available to the community through the university’s website.
Situated on 100 acres in northern York County, Carowinds is the largest amusement center in the Carolinas. The park recently has undergone significant expansion and additions, including the opening of Carolina Harbor, a massive waterpark featuring everything from towering water slides to a two-acre children’s area. In 2015, Carowinds added Fury 365, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster that includes an 81-degree drop from 325 feet. Carowinds welcomes more than one million guests annually and regularly hosts concerts, shows, and Scarowinds, a month-long Halloween extravaganza.
Charlotte Motor Speedway, is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina 13 miles from Charlotte. The complex features a 1.5 mile quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, the NASCAR All-Star Race, and the Bank of America 500. The 2,000 acres (810 ha) complex also features a state-of-the-art quarter mile drag racing strip, ZMAX Dragway. It is the only all-concrete, four-lane drag strip in the United States and hosts NHRA events.