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The Carolina League doesn't compete anymore in classic Carolina League ballparks (for the most part, anyway), but at least some of the great old ballparks are still in play; the Burlington Royals compete in the rookie-level Appalachian League, so you can drop by every summer and see professional ballplayers in action.


FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 1960 (in Burlington)
Capacity
: 3,500
Dimensions: 335L, 410C, 335R
Website: burlingtonroyals.com
Phone: 336/222-0223
League: Appalachian League
Parent: Kansas City Royals
Parking: Free and abundant in adjoining parking lot.
Directions: 1450 Graham St. Burlington. From I-40/I-85, take exit 145 and head north on Maple Avenue for approximately two miles. Take a right onto Mebane Street and stay on its for two miles. Take a right onto Beaumont Avenue and follow it until it ends; the ballpark is on the left.

If you've been reading our series on the ballparks of North Carolina, you've seen some references to classic Carolina League ballparks. During the last night of our nine-ballpark road trip, we spent a great evening at a classic Carolina League ballpark: Burlington Athletic Stadium, the home of the Burlington Royals.

That the Carolina League doesn't compete anymore in classic Carolina League ballparks (for the most part, anyway) is sad, but at least some of the great old ballparks are still in play; the Burlington Royals compete in the rookie-level Appalachian League, so you can drop by every summer and see professional ballplayers in action.

The ballpark was originally located in Danville and served as the home of the Danville Leafs (Carolina League) from 1945 to 1958. The Leafs folded after the 1958 season, and the city of Burlington bought the whole thing for $5,000. Piece by piece the ballpark was moved to Burlington. In the current ballpark, the steel structure and roof are from that original Danville ballpark, but the original wooden grandstand floor and seats were replaced with aluminum decking and seats when the B-Tribe began play in 1986.