O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium

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Coordinates: 34°44′12″N 76°43′58″W / 34.7366°N 76.7329°W / 34.7366; -76.7329 O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium is a baseball venue in Morehead City, North Carolina, USA. Also known as simply Big Rock Stadium, the venue is home to the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league.[1] The Marlins began play at the field for the 2010 season, after their arrival was announced in the fall of 2009.[2]

Construction[edit]

The building project was set in motion in 2003 by V.J. "Puck" O'Neal, for whom the field is named after.[3] O'Neal agreed to support the project if an American Legion-level facility was constructed in the city.[2] He donated $100,000 to the city to purchase land for the project.[4] In 2007, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament contributed $175,000 for construction of a stadium at the newly built facility.[2] After the arrival of the Marlins was announced, further renovations of the field took place in the winter of 2009. Big Rock's funds were used to construct additional seating at the venue.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Team Information at coastalplain.com, URL accessed November 24, 2009. Archived 11/24/09
  2. ^ a b c Morehead City Marlins coming to Big Rock Stadium at enctoday.com, URL accessed November 29, 2009. Archived 11/29/09
  3. ^ ""Puck" O'Neal, Marlins Supporter, Dies at 92". MHCMarlins.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Big Rock Stadium Welcomes Marlins! at thebigrock.com, URL accessed November 29, 2009. Archived 11/29/09