Five County Stadium
|Five County Stadium|
|Location||1501 NC Highway 39
Zebulon, NC 27597
|Broke ground||January 19, 1991|
|Opened||July 3, 1991|
|Operator||Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc.|
|Construction cost||$2.5 million
($4.33 million in 2014 dollars)
|Structural engineer||Excel Engineering|
|General contractor||Richard Beach Builders, Inc|
|Field dimensions||Left Field: 330 ft
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Field: 309 ft
|Carolina Mudcats (CL) (2012-present)
Carolina Mudcats (SL) (1991-2011)
The stadium's name comes from its location – the stadium proper is located in Wake County, North Carolina, but it is in close proximity to the intersection of the county lines between Wake, Franklin, Nash, and Johnston Counties, and Wilson County is also in the general area of the stadium.
US-264 passes by the stadium at a generally northwest-to-southeast angle (behind left and center fields), while State Highway 39 skirts the east side of the property (right field). Parking lots surround the field on the other sides.
When Columbus Mudcats owner Steve Bryant moved the club to North Carolina in 1991, he wanted a new facility that was deemed to be outside the territories of other minor league clubs in the state (including the Greensboro club, which he also owned) while also being easily accessible by the public. A site was chosen just east of Zebulon, a suburb located east of Raleigh. To construct the ballpark quickly, the builders opted for metal seating rather than the traditional concrete. The 1999 renovation replaced most of the metal with concrete.
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