L. P. Frans Stadium

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L.P. Frans Stadium
Location 2500 Clement Boulevard
Hickory, NC 28601
Coordinates 35°44′57″N 81°22′43″W / 35.74917°N 81.37861°W / 35.74917; -81.37861Coordinates: 35°44′57″N 81°22′43″W / 35.74917°N 81.37861°W / 35.74917; -81.37861
Owner Hickory Baseball, Inc.
Operator Hickory Baseball, Inc.
Capacity 5,062 (4,000 fixed seats)
Record attendance 5,283
Field size Left field: 330 feet
Center field: 401 feet
Right field: 330 feet
Surface Grass
Broke ground September 21, 1992[1]
Opened April 16, 1993[5]
Construction cost $4.5 million
($7.62 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect Lescher and Mahoney
CBSA Architects, Inc.
Services engineer Brittain Engineering, Inc.[3]
General contractor Wayne Brothers, Inc.[4]
Hickory Crawdads (SAL) (1993–present)
Catawba Valley Stars (GSL) (2009–present)

L.P. Frans Stadium is a stadium in Hickory, North Carolina. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Hickory Crawdads minor league baseball team. The Catawba Valley Stars of the collegiate summer Great South League also use the stadium. It was built in 1993. It holds 5,062 people.


The ballpark is located three miles from I-40 in Winkler Park, L.P. Frans Stadium was built on donated land in 1993 and named after the local Pepsi-Cola bottler who partially funded the stadium’s construction.[6]


Improvements made to the stadium after the 2013 season brought a brand new VIP section, The Picnic Pavilion, and three outdoor Party Patios. A completely renovated Crawdads Cafe, Suites, and concourse were also a part of the improvements.[7]


  1. ^ "Sox Shift to Hickory". Chicago Sun-Times. September 22, 1992. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Clients & Projects". Brittain Engineering, Inc. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kudos!" (PDF). Wayne Brothers, Inc. 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Want to See Crawdads' Opener? Cross Your Claws and Get in Line". The Charlotte Observer. April 16, 1993. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Knight, Graham (July 21, 2002). "L.P. Frans Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tinkelenberg, John (December 2, 2013). "Home-Field Advantage". Hickory Daily Record. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 

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