Raleigh, N.C., Welcomes the 2024 Lake Wheeler Invitational!

April 26-27, 2024
Lake Wheeler Park

Let us be among the first to welcome you to Raleigh, N.C.! The Lake Wheeler Invitational is an annual intercollegiate women’s rowing event co-hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina. 

Below you'll find event information, and you can also jump down to links for some of the best things to do while you're in town, dining and more!

For any updates during the weekend of the event: follow @GoHeelsGameDay

For questions specifically about the event: text the fan line at 919.238.9894

2024 Lake Wheeler Invitational information*

Rowing events are not ticketed, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Access via the main entry to Lake Wheeler Park is the recommended entry point. There are limited bleachers available, and spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Clear bags are not required for entry, but a list of prohibited items can be found below.

Parking and traffic
Parking is available throughout the park for the various groups. Lake Wheeler has four accessible parking spaces located in the parking lot above the Waterfront Center. Two are located near the Magnolia Shelter, and two are near the sidewalk to the accessible fishing dock. There are two additional accessible parking spaces located just off the road leading down to the boat ramps and launch area. ADA carts are available to assist with getting spectators to and from the spectator viewing area.

Weather evacuation procedures 
The Severe Weather policy for Lake Wheeler is as follows: DTN Weather, a weather tracking application, will notify the head athletic trainer and gameday manager when a storm containing lightning is approaching the vicinity. Warnings will be given at 15 and 10 miles, and the park will be cleared/game suspended at 8 miles. Teams will be able to return to the water and team area when lightning has cleared the 8-mile radius within 30 minutes.
Teams will be asked to return to their respective buses until the storm has cleared. Fans will be evacuated from the stadium and required to seek shelter. It is recommended that fans return to their vehicles. Updates will be provided via social media on the @GoHeelsGameDay and @WheelerInvite X (Twitter) accounts.

Prohibited items
In addition to the below, all items are subject to the judgment of game management staff and may be removed from the facility based upon safety to surrounding guests, as well as the ability of others to enjoy the event.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Camera lenses larger than 55 mm/2 inches
  • Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laser pointers
  • Pets must be restrained on a leash at all times within the park
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Swimming and/or wading are not allowed
  • Weapons of any kind

Accessibility accommodations and information
Lake Wheeler has an assortment of accessible amenities in the park, including restroom facilities and the Lake Overlook. Restrooms with accessible features are located at the Waterfront Center. The deck and veranda provide a covered area to enjoy the view of Lake Wheeler.

Accessible seating
ADA seating is located on the deck overlooking the launch area and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Assistive listening devices
Unfortunately, assistive listening devices are not available at Lake Wheeler.

Accessible concessions window
There is not a specific ADA-accessible concessions location at Lake Wheeler.

Accessible restrooms for guests with disabilities
The restrooms are ADA accessible.

Gender-neutral, accessible family restroom
A family/gender-neutral restroom is available upon request.

Admission policy
Rowing events are generally non-ticketed events, with general-public access allowed 2 hours prior to the first race of each day. Seating is general admission and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Alcohol policy
Outside alcohol is not allowed within Lake Wheeler. Alcoholic drinks may be available at concessions. Alcohol transaction limits of 2 beverages per customer per transaction will be in place, and alcohol will not be sold to those under 21 years of age.

Assistive listening devices
Assistive listening devices are not available at Lake Wheeler.

Banners and signs
Banners, signs and flags are allowed at Lake Wheeler as long as they do not interrupt the event or enjoyment by staff or spectators.

Camera policy
Video cameras, audio equipment and cameras with professional lenses greater than 55mm are allowed.

Concessions via food trucks are generally available to spectators and located in the low parking lot near the viewing deck. Concession items generally include beer, soft drinks, water and general concession items such as burgers, hot dogs, popcorn etc.

Corporate sponsorships
The Lake Wheeler Local Organizing Committee is grateful for the support of the City of Raleigh, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, CMC Hotels Corporation and Pocock Racing Shells. Their support allows the event to truly distinguish itself and the student-athlete and fan experience provided.
Code of conduct
The University of North Carolina, Duke University and City of Raleigh are shaped not only by participants, coaches and employees, but by fans as well. The goal is to create a high-energy environment to support teams while maintaining a wholesome family-oriented atmosphere. To ensure all fans have a positive game day experience, each patron should act responsibly and be considerate of others. Event management staff and stadium security will respond to complaints of misconduct. Please know that spectators are prohibited from accessing the field of play without proper consent.

ACC policies support good sportsmanship at all times.

If you experience any issues, please tweet @GoHeelsGameDay, or reach out to any stadium staff team member.

Fan text and hotline and feedback
The event would be happy to receive fan feedback via the fan text line at 919.238.9894 or via the @GoHeelsGameDay X (Twitter) account.

Emergency preparedness
The University of North Carolina, Duke University and City of Raleigh place the safety and well-being of student-athletes and fans as the highest priority. In the event of an emergency, the gameday team will be in communication via PA announcement with fans. Adequate information will be provided to ensure the safety of fans and teams.

Entry and screening policy
Fans may access Lake Wheeler via the main entrance off of Lake Wheeler Rd. Clear bags are NOT required.

First aid/emergency medical services
Although emergency medical services are not staged at every game, please be aware that event management staff and security are willing to assist in providing proper care and direction. Emergency responders and medical care staff will be on-site to assist as needed.

Food and beverage
Outside food and beverage (excluding alcohol) is permitted within Lake Wheeler. Additionally, general concessions will be available.

Lactation room
Can be made available upon request to a gameday staff member.

Lost and found
Please check with event management staff if an item is lost. After an event, all unclaimed items are turned over to the UNC Athletic Event Management Department. Please contact athleticslostandfound.svc@email.unc.edu.
All members of the media must check in with the sports information director upon arrival. All media requests should be directed to Dana Gelin (dgelin@unc.edu).

Merchandise will be available and conveniently located near the main entry.

Public transit
Transit access to Lake Wheeler is available via various points throughout Wake County. More information is available here: https://raleighnc.gov/transportation/services/bus-routes-and-schedules

Taxi and ride-share services are encouraged for drop-off and pick-up in the U-Lot nearest the main entry.

Fans are allowed to exit the venue and re-enter at their leisure.

Restrooms with accessible features are located at the Waterfront Center. The deck and veranda provide a covered area to enjoy the view of Lake Wheeler.

Social media
@GoHeelsGameDay X (Twitter) and @WheelerInvite on X (Twitter) for details pertaining to gameday information.

Student seating
There is not a specified student section as all seats are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Lake Wheeler allows tailgating, however open flames and alcohol are prohibited. Parking lots cannot be reserved.
Umbrellas are allowed.

Video camera policy
Video cameras are permitted, and consideration of other spectators is expected.

Wheelchairs and assistive devices
Lake Wheeler is not outfitted with any additional assistive devices or wheelchairs.

*All event-specific information on this page has been provided by the event organizers, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. For any questions specific to the event, text the fan line at 919.238.9894.

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