Truist Stadium

Truist Stadium is a ballpark in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that replaced Ernie Shore Field. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball team.

Truist Stadium
BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, NC .jpg
Truist Stadium is located in North Carolina
Truist Stadium
Truist Stadium
Location within North Carolina
Former namesBB&T Ballpark (2010–2020)
Address951 Ballpark Way
LocationWinston-Salem, NC 27101
Coordinates36°05′30″N 80°15′21″W / 36.091602°N 80.255962°W / 36.091602; -80.255962Coordinates: 36°05′30″N 80°15′21″W / 36.091602°N 80.255962°W / 36.091602; -80.255962
OwnerCity of Winston-Salem
OperatorWinston-Salem Dash LLC
Capacity5,500
Field sizeLeft field: 315 ft (96 m)
Center field: 399 ft (122 m)
Right field: 323 ft (98 m)[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 30, 2007
OpenedApril 10, 2010
Construction cost$48.7 million[2]
($57.8 million in 2020 dollars[3])
Architect360 Architecture
CJMW Architecture
Structural engineerCity Structures D&P, Inc.[4]
General contractorSamet Construction[2]
Tenants
Winston-Salem Dash (CL/High-A East) (2010–present)

The ballpark is bounded by Peters Creek Parkway (northwest/west); 1st Street (north); and Green Street (northeast, left-center field). Business I-40 is toward the south/southeast.

HistoryEdit

It was originally planned to open for the 2009 season. Various delays pushed it to mid-2009, and then to the 2010 season. Oversights such as the budget, by city planners, were reported to be the cause.[5]

The first home game was played on April 13, 2010, against the Potomac Nationals, resulting in a 5–4 loss in 12 innings, before 7,111 spectators.[6] At the end of its first season, the stadium was named Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com.[7]

Naming rightsEdit

On February 24, 2010, the Dash announced that Winston-Salem based bank BB&T had signed a 15-year naming rights deal for the new ballpark. BB&T also owned the naming rights for fellow Winston-Salem Entertainment-Sports Complex venue BB&T Field, home to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team.[8]

This was the second ballpark in the Carolina League sponsored by BB&T. The first was BB&T Coastal Field (now TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark), home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. BB&T also sponsored BB&T Ballpark (now Truist Field) for the Charlotte Knights which opened in the spring of 2014.[9]

The ballpark was renamed Truist Stadium in June 2020 due to the 2019 merger of BB&T and SunTrust Banks to form Truist.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BB&T Ballpark". Ballpark Digest. April 10, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Building for the Future: Minor League Stadiums". SportsBusiness Journal. April 19, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  3. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "BB&T Ballpark". City Structures D&P, Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Graff, Laura (May 6, 2009). "Extra Innings, and Still No Winner – Sources: Ballpark Not Likely to Open This Year". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nats Take BB&T Ballpark Opener with 5–4 Win". Minor League Baseball. April 14, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2010.[dead link]
  7. ^ Mock, Joe (August 28, 2010). "BB&T Ballpark Definitely Worth the Wait". Baseball Parks. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Carver, Richard (February 24, 2010). "Spreading the name: BB&T Sees Benefit in Affixing Bank's Name to Stadiums Here and Elsewhere". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Groundbreaking for New Knights Ballpark Set for Sept. 14". Ballpark Digest. August 24, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Brasier, John (June 18, 2020). "Dash stadium has new name to reflect BB&T merger". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved June 19, 2020.

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