The 60,000 sqft space adjoins the McCreary Football Field House and Sutton Sports Performance Center. | Photo provided by Wake Forest Athletics.
McCreary Football Complex is where players prepare for games and unwind between them. We got a behind-the-scenes peek at how the new facility is meeting the team’s needs.
Since moving in and starting practice in late July, the team has made the new McCreary Football Complex their home away from home. Senior associate athletic director Will Pantages calls the complex a one-stop shop.
“It truly transforms the football experience for our student athletes,” he told WStoday.
A whole new ball game
One side of the facility’s main floor has a training room, an equipment room, and a sports performance area where players can get therapy after games. The locker room has space to hold gear for 130 players.
The second half of the main area has amenities for players to unwind, including video games, ping-pong tables, pool tables, and multiple televisions. There are also hyperbaric sleep chambers that allow players to catch a nap while fighting inflammation.
When it’s time to talk football or watch tapes, players can jump in an elevator and be in a coach’s office three floors up.
Kicking off the new season in style
Pantages says the facility keeps players looking their best, too. Punter Ivan Mora and wide receiver Ke’Shawn Williams are both barbers who sometimes cut their teammates’ hair in the two chairs at the Dapper Deacon barbershop.
Pantages says being able to sleep, study, and bond in one place is having a positive impact on players on and off the field.
“Everything boils down to relationships and so this space in the McCreary Football Complex really allows for that team camaraderie, for guys to be together.”
Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night | Monday, Sept. 25-Wednesday, Sept. 27 | Small Batch Beer Company, 241 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem | Free | Come solo or bring your team to test your knowledge in plenty of trivia topics.
Paint and Sip | Monday, Sept. 25 | 6-8 p.m. | The Wrong Number, 408 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem | $35-$40 | Use your favorite horror movie icon as your muse or choose from 300+ options and start painting a ghoulish masterpiece. Registration is required.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Adult Art Group: Clay Workshop | Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Balanced Counseling & Wellness, 110 Oakwood Dr., Ste. 450, Winston-Salem | $15 | Art therapist and mental health counselor Lindsay Jordan will teach participants how to make fall-themed bowls and share the health benefits of working with clay.
Today (Sept. 25) is the deadline for artists to submit proposals for public art projects around the city. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission will fund up to four separate projects that each cost $19,999 or less.
Make plans to take part in the final concert of the eighth annual Parks Concert Series at Triad Park in Kernersville on Saturday, Oct. 21. The folk-rock band Time Sawyer will perform at 2 p.m. Entrance to the concert and parking are free — but plan to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
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The state budget that will become law includes funding for a new dorm at UNC School of the Arts and $51 million for renovations to the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The budget also allocates more than $55 million toward facilities upgrades at Winston-Salem State University through fiscal year 2028-2029. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Fiber-optic cable made in Winston-Salem is one of ten finalists in the annual Coolest Thing Made in North Carolina contest. Corning Optical Fiber and Cable’s product is made of strands that carry light signals and is produced at its facility on Centre Park Boulevard. (Triad Business Journal)
Want to come face to face with the experts as they discuss politics, arts and culture, social justice + more? Enter: The Face to Face Speaker Forum, which kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 27 ft. Doris Kearns Goodwin + Michael Beschloss. Grab tickets.*
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