Segra Stadium

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Segra Stadium
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Segra Stadium 4-18-2019.jpg
LocationHay Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina
United States
Coordinates35°03′21″N 78°53′00″W / 35.055914°N 78.883382°W / 35.055914; -78.883382Coordinates: 35°03′21″N 78°53′00″W / 35.055914°N 78.883382°W / 35.055914; -78.883382
OwnerCity of Fayetteville
OperatorCity of Fayetteville
Capacity4,786
Field sizeLeft Field: 319 ft (97 m)
Left-Center Field: 372 ft (113 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (120 m)
Right-Center Field: 382 ft (116 m)
Right Field: 330 ft (100 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundAugust 21, 2017[1]
Built2017–2019
OpenedApril 18, 2019[6]
Construction cost$37.8 million[2]
ArchitectPopulous
SfL+a Architects[3]
Structural engineerLHC Structural Engineers, PC[4]
Services engineerHenderson Engineers, Inc.[4]
General contractorBarton Malow[5]
Tenants
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (CL) 2019–present

Segra Stadium a baseball park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is the home of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, a Minor League Baseball team playing in the Carolina League. It opened in 2019 and seats up to 4,786 people. The site is immediately surrounded by the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville station, and the Prince Charles Hotel.

History[edit]

Fayetteville lacked minor league baseball since the Cape Fear Crocs moved to Lakewood, New Jersey after the 2000 season. The team is now called the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.[7]

On August 17, 2016, the City of Fayetteville signed a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball to keep a Class A team club at the ballpark for 30 years.[8] As part of the deal, Barton Malow contracted 83 percent of the construction to local and Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contractors.[9]

In conjunction with the ballpark financing, Prince Charles Holdings plans to invest $15 million toward renovating the adjoining Prince Charles Hotel into apartments. The company also intends to invest an additional $60 million toward a hotel, 150 residential units, 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) of retail space, and a parking garage at the same stadium site.[10][11]

Groundbreaking took place on August 21, 2017.[1] On February 7, 2019, the team announced a naming rights agreement with Segra, an independent fiber bandwidth company, to call the facility Segra Stadium.[12] A ribbon cutting and tours were held on April 13.[13]

The ballpark's first game was held on April 18, 2019, between the Woodpeckers and the Carolina Mudcats.[6] Carolina defeated Fayetteville, 7–5, before a sellout crowd of 6,202 people.[14] Fayetteville starting pitcher Enoli Paredes recorded the stadium's first strikeouts as he retired the first three Mudcats batters on strikes to open the game.[15] The first hit was a single in the bottom of the first inning off the bat of Fayetteville's Bryan De La Cruz.[15] The first home run was hit in the top of the second inning by Carolina's Payton Henry.[15]

Other uses[edit]

Besides being the home field for the Astros affiliate, the ballpark will host the Big South Conference Baseball Tournament as a neutral site, May 21–25, 2019, and again in 2020 and 2021.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Speddon, Zach (August 22, 2017). "Fayetteville Breaks Ground on New Downtown Ballpark". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Spedden, Zach (March 20, 2017). "Fayetteville Ballpark Budget: $37.8 Million". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Spedden, Zach (January 19, 2017). "Fayetteville Developers Request More Time". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Toon, Kimberly (August 15, 2017). "Invitation to Bid". City of Fayetteville, NC. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Barksdale, Andrew (February 14, 2017). "Fayetteville City Council Directs Negotiations for Stadium Construction". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Sheridan, Maura (April 18, 2019). "Mudcats Spoil Segra Stadium Debut". Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cape Fear Crocs Strike Out In Fayetteville". WRAL-TV. Capitol Broadcasting Company. July 7, 2000. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Minor League Baseball Stadium Project". City of Fayetteville, NC. December 13, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Local, Disadvantaged Contractors Scoring Well in Fayetteville Baseball Stadium Bids". The Fayetteville Observer. December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Barksdale, Andrew (August 15, 2016). "Hay Street baseball stadium: Pivotal vote this week on $35M project". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Barksdale, Andrew (December 13, 2016). "Fayetteville, Houston Astros sign 30-year agreement to bring baseball to downtown". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Hill, Benjamin (February 7, 2019). "Batting Around: New and improved for 2019". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Spedden, Zach (March 15, 2019). "Segra Stadium Ribbon Cutting Set for April 13". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Box Score: Carolina vs. Fayetteville - April 18, 2019". Minor League Baseball. April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c "Game Log: Carolina vs. Fayetteville - April 18, 2019". Minor League Baseball. April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "New Fayetteville Ballpark Lands Big South Tournament". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.

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