Scott Kornberg, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ broadcaster and manager of media relations, shared these quick-hit synopses from the five Carolina League stadiums to which the team travels, arranged in order of distance from the Grand Strand, starting with other South Division hosts:
- Buies Creek Astros: Obviously, Buies Creek is only going to play at Campbell University’s Jim Perry Stadium for a couple of years while a new ballpark gets built in Fayetteville. For a college facility, especially a smaller school, this is a phenomenal park. It’s very small in terms of seating, and the turf can get extremely hot, but all the fans are pretty much right on top of the action with a great view of the game. It’s perfect for Campbell, and for a couple of years, the Astros could’ve done much worse.
- Carolina Mudcats: Five County Stadium is probably the most unique park in the league. I would venture to guess that a significant majority of the seating is actually in the upper deck. Nonetheless, the ballpark has a lot of personality, from that huge upper deck seating bowl, to the black outfield walls, to the Mudcats’ water tower way out in left field, and finally to the roughly 6 inches of foul territory deep down the foul lines. The team’s on-field host, Duke Sanders, does an outstanding job. He’s just a fun guy, and I enjoy the personality of that ballpark.
- Down East Wood Ducks: Grainger Stadium is old: It was built in the 1940s, but I love its charm. You get the feel of it being an older park, because the outfield wall sort of randomly juts up from right to left field. The Wood Ducks’ ownership has really done a nice job with it, to make it feel like home. It’s a small park, but it really does feel like a classic Minor League ballpark.
- Winston-Salem Dash: This is easily my favorite ballpark in the league. BB&T Ballpark is just a fun place because the Dash normally get great crowds, and the walls in the outfield go up and down sort of randomly. With a 360-degree concourse, if you’re sitting behind home plate, you get an outstanding view of the skyline. A bar area out in left field is hopping on a lot of nights, which sort of adds to the atmosphere. This is a phenomenal ballpark in pretty much every single way.
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