Situated on Hay Street in the center of downtown Fayetteville lies a new home for minor league baseball! The new state-of-the-art baseball stadium will soon host more than 4,700 baseball fans for the 2019 opening season. Fans can enjoy the new minor league team, which recently relocated to the area from California and is an affiliate of the Houston Astros. This marks the return of professional baseball to the Fayetteville community!
Draper Aden Associates is honored to have been the lead site engineer for this project and responsible for the design of site-related improvements to this new stadium. The ball bark debuted the name of its team and stadium this past Sunday at the Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville These improvements included grading, storm drainage, water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection. One of the major factors to the design of the field was the elevation in relation to the flood elevation of the adjoining stream. We worked with the architect to develop an elevation of the field that provided the best fit for the remainder of the stadium to the surrounding area. This was especially important for pedestrian access to the complex as well as service vehicle access to the field. Our team also developed a drainage system to help accommodate not only the drainage from the baseball stadium but also from the plaza development surrounding the stadium as well.
One of the site challenges that our team experienced is that the stadium is located between two sets of railroad tracks. By working closely with city officials, we developed a strategic solution to ensure that the stadium did not interfere with the railroad in any way.
Now complete, the baseball stadium is an economic home run for Fayetteville! The stadium has generated additional business opportunities, new jobs, economic growth, and has benefited the local tourism economy too! In fact, it was recently announced that the ballpark will be the host of the Big South Conference Baseball Tournament in 2019, 2020, and 2021. City officials say that the tournament is likely to generate at least $1.5 million in economic activity for Fayetteville.
The new name of the baseball team and stadium was debuted on Sunday, November 4th at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. The festival not only unveiled the new names but also served as an opportunity for the city to rally behind the new ballpark.
At DAA, we’re proud to leave a Lasting Positive Impact in the communities we serve. The stadium will officially debut for the 2019 season and we’re looking forward to attending opening day in April! We invite you to visit our website for more details and insights into our athletic projects and services. Photo credit: @Populous