Five County Stadium

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Five County Stadium
Location 1501 NC Highway 39
Zebulon, NC 27597
United States
Coordinates 35°49′2″N 78°16′12″W / 35.81722°N 78.27000°W / 35.81722; -78.27000Coordinates: 35°49′2″N 78°16′12″W / 35.81722°N 78.27000°W / 35.81722; -78.27000
Broke ground January 19, 1991[1]
Built 1991
Opened July 3, 1991[2]
Renovated 1999
Expanded 1999
Owner Wake County
Operator Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc.
Surface Grass
Construction cost $2.5 million
($4.33 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect Odell Associates
Structural engineer Excel Engineering[4]
General contractor Richard Beach Builders, Inc
Capacity 6,500
Field dimensions Left Field: 330 ft
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Field: 309 ft
Tenants
Carolina Mudcats (CL) (2012-present)
Carolina Mudcats (SL) (1991-2011)

Five County Stadium is the home of the Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League. The ballpark, which was opened in 1991 and extensively renovated in 1999, has a capacity of 6,500.

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.

History[edit]

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.

Images[edit]

field layout
field layout 
the infield of Five County Stadium during a game
The Mudcats (in white) play the Montgomery Biscuits 
the outfield of Five County Stadium during a game
Outfield being patrolled by the visiting Montgomery Biscuits 
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northington, Tom (January 20, 1991). "Time Crucial for Triple-A Hopes". News & Record (Greensboro). Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Five County Stadium". Triangle Source. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Five County Stadium". Trus Steel. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 

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