PAUL DERR TRACK
The Paul Derr Track, located in the heart of NC State's main campus, underwent renovations in 2012, with enhancements that have benefitted student-athletes, the coaching staff and spectators. As part of on-going facility enhancements across campus, the long-standing home of Wolfpack track was fitted with new chairback seats, a new press box, a new operations/storage building, enhanced concourses, new bathrooms and an elegant brick facade.
The new improvements come on the heels of a $5 million upgrade in 2008 that included a state-of-the-art rubberized running surface.
The original Paul Derr Track Facility has served the Raleigh community, the athletics department and the university since the school built its first cinder track on the current site in 1938. The complex was named in honor of the late Derr, a longtime NC State track coach and head of the physical education department.
Derr Track has hosted numerous championship events over the years, including ACC Championships, North Carolina high school championship meets, Junior Strider meets, the Special Olympics and many other events.
Derr Track served as a training site for several international teams prior to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Australia, New Zealand and Norway all brought their athletes to Raleigh to prepare for the Summer Games.
In addition to serving as the staging area for Olympic teams, Derr Track has become the site of some of the nation's and region's biggest meets:
- The Raleigh Relays, which is one of the largest outdoor meets on the East Coast, playing host to approximately 2,000 collegiate competitors annually.
- The ACC Championships have been held at the site eight times, most recently in 2003.
- The NCAA Division II National Championships.
- National Scholastic Championships, in which the nation's top track and field prepsters competed in Raleigh from 1994-2004.