CaroMont Health Park

CaroMont Health Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Gastonia, North Carolina which opened in 2021 as the home of the Gastonia Honey Hunters in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an official Partner League of Major League Baseball.[7] It is part of a 16-acre downtown redevelopment plan known as the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment (FUSE) District.[11]

CaroMont Health Park
Former namesFUSE District Stadium (planning stages)[1]
AddressSouth Hill Street and West Franklin Boulevard[2][3]
Gastonia, North Carolina
Coordinates35°15′45″N 81°11′42″W / 35.26238°N 81.19503°W / 35.26238; -81.19503Coordinates: 35°15′45″N 81°11′42″W / 35.26238°N 81.19503°W / 35.26238; -81.19503
OwnerCity of Gastonia
OperatorVelocity Companies[4]
Capacity5,000[3][5]
Field sizeLeft Field: 315 feet (96 m)
Left Center: 361 feet (110 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (120 m)
Right Center: 367 feet (112 m)
Right Field: 325 feet (99 m)
[6]
SurfaceArtificial turf[2]
Construction
Broke groundOctober 2019[5]
OpenedMay 23, 2021 (2021-05-23)[7]
Construction cost$28.8 million[8][9]
ArchitectPendulum[10]
BuilderRodgers Builders[2]
Tenants
Gastonia Honey Hunters (ALPB) 2021–
Website
gohoneyhunters.com/ballpark/

The new ballpark was designed to accommodate a variety of other events, including concerts, soccer, lacrosse, and football[11] with an artificial turf surface[2] and a capacity of 5,000.[3]

In May 2021, the Honey Hunters announced that the stadium would be renamed CaroMont Health Park following a ten-year naming rights deal with CaroMont Health, a regional healthcare provider that operates the CaroMont Regional Medical Center and other medical facilities.[12][13][14] The stadium's first event was an exhibition baseball game on May 23, 2021,[7] followed by the regular season opening day game on May 25.[15]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hughes, Joe (October 22, 2020). "'The roar is gone': Grizzlies bolt south for new name, fresh start". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Poteat, Bill (December 16, 2019). "City provides FUSE preview". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Reichard, Kevin (December 3, 2019). "Downtown Gastonia Ballpark Project Underway". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Eversley, Jordan (September 8, 2020). "Entrepreneur Brandon Bellamy Becomes 1st Black Majority Owner In Pro Baseball". The Source. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Barrett, Michael (February 29, 2020). "FUSE stadium rising, despite recent rain". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Mock, Joe. "CaroMont Health Park". BaseballParks.com. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Hughes II, Joe L. (May 25, 2021). "Diggin' in: Gastonia 's new professional baseball team, stadium set for grand debut". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  8. ^ Barrett, Michael (August 6, 2019). "Projected FUSE stadium cost jumps past $26.2 million". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  9. ^ Barrett, Michael (September 8, 2019). "Gastonia approves new $205,000 contract for FUSE inspections". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Wright, Jarah (January 13, 2021). "New downtown Gastonia FUSE project designed to please fans, spur investment". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Spedden, Zach (December 17, 2019). "Work on New Downtown Gastonia Ballpark Continues". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Ellis, Kevin (May 17, 2021). "Welcome to CaroMont Health Park, home of Gastonia's Honey Hunters". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  13. ^ Limehouse, Jonathan (May 17, 2021). "Gastonia Honey Hunters' ballpark renamed for CaroMont Health". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  14. ^ Gastonia Honey Hunters [@gohoneyhunters] (May 17, 2021). "Today, the Honey Hunters announced a multi-year naming rights agreement with CaroMont Health, a regional health system that provides innovative medical and wellness services. Join us in welcoming CaroMont Health to our Honey Hunters family" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Ellis, Kevin (May 27, 2021). "Opening Day arrives for Gastonia Honey Hunters, and it was beautiful". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

External linksEdit

  • "FUSE". fusegastonianc.com. City of Gastonia Economic Development. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  • "Ballpark Highlights". gastoniaprobaseball.com. Gastonia Honey Hunters Baseball. Retrieved May 17, 2021.