On Saturday, June 1, playing before a packed house at Truist Point Stadium, the home crowd finally got a chance to see the Carolina Core soccer team live when it played its inaugural home match.

 Known officially as the Carolina Core Football Club, the professional soccer team is meant to represent not just High Point but the “Carolina Core” area of the state as well. That’s a large swath of central North Carolina that economic development officials are trying to – by publicizing all the assets in the region – brand as a single economic development zone, much in the same way Research Triangle Park has done.

Two men in the economic development world (seen above), Loren Hill on the left, and Richard Beard, of the Greensboro Sports Foundation, were just two of the many fans at the game who had a great time despite a loss by the home team.

Hill, a native of High Point commented later that the wonderful experience made him very proud of High Point due to the continued improvement that has taken place in downtown High Point. That once largely desolate area has become a downtown with a host of entertainment and dining options which have helped bring that part of the city back to life.

On his LinkedIn in page, Hill attributed that success to the “dedicated community leaders and current/previous elected officials and municipal staff — who “were and are visionary.”

He thanked Megan Oglesby, team managing partner, her colleagues and the team of investors for bringing the team to central North Carolina. Hill also said that     Former mayor Jay Wagner’s Herculean efforts were vital to the success of downtown renovation.

Hill stated that he and his wife loved the experience.

 “Joyce and I had a great time in Truist Point Stadium for the sold-out game,” Hill stated. “Such energy and activity there was in the stadium and on the surrounding blocks.”

About eight years ago, the City of High Point and the High Point City Council began developing a strategic plan that included creating and implementing a downtown revitalization catalyst project centered around the construction of the multi-use stadium that’s now home to the High Point Rockers baseball team as well as the Carolina Core soccer team.

    Hill attended the first  High Point Rockers home baseball game in 2019, after the stadium was constructed.

    Now, five years later, he said, “To say the Catalyst Project has been a success would be quite the understatement.”