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Design of New Kannapolis Intimidators Ballpark Approved

New Kannapolis Intimidators ballpark

The Kannapolis City Council approved the design of a new downtown ballpark for the Kannapolis Intimidators (Low A; Sally League), with a final decision on $37 million in funding set for later this spring.

Kannapolis is seeking to transform its downtown with the ballpark project; the city had acquired wide swaths of land with the goal of attracting development and foot traffic. The ballpark would be at the K-Town Furniture location, close to the Gem Theatre and the North Carolina Research Campus. The Intimidators currently play at Intimidators Stadium, a site with some specific limitations (it’s in a watershed, so the ballpark footprint can’t be expanded).  With the presence of new owner Reese Smith III, the team has pursued a new downtown ballpark.

The new ballpark will seat 5,800 (3,800 fixed seats, 2,000 berm capacity), with a team store, 360-degree concourse, outfield bar, and eight suites. Opening date is still up in the air; 2020 is definitely possible, but a 2019 launch could happen. Kansas City-based Populous prepared the schematics approved last night; Barton Malow is expected to oversee construction.


Next up: finalizing a budget based on the schematic plan approved by the council last night.

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