The Fayetteville Carolina League club that will open a new ballpark in 2019 is reporting strong ticket sales, potentially setting the tone for a big debut season.
The current Buies Creek Astros (High A; Carolina League) are set to open their new downtown Fayetteville ballpark at the start of the 2019 campaign. The $37.8 million facility will be attached to a larger development project, with a slate of amenities that include offices, a hotel, and apartments set to be built out over time.
Leading up to the facility’s debut, the Houston Astros-owned team is reporting a strong pace for ticket sales. Those sales have outpaced the team’s initial expectations, giving it some momentum as the April 2019 opening of the ballpark draws closer. More from the Fayetteville Observer:
In fact, the 110 club-level season tickets offering premium seating, which cost $1,400, have sold out.
But all other seating — everything from premium boxes to general season tickets — is on sale.
“We have seats all across the stadium on sale; behind home plate, along first and third (bases),” said Mark Zarthar, president of the Fayetteville Astros who is marketing the new team….
“Our ticket sales have far exceeded our expectations,” Zarthar said. “We only expected to sell 250 Founders Club memberships and we doubled that. What that means is that the community is excited for baseball to come to downtown Fayetteville, and it also shows that the community believes in our vision for downtown Fayetteville.”
While awaiting the completion of the new ballpark in nearby Fayetteville, the Buies Creek Astros have spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Campbell University’s Jim Perry Stadium. The team will rebrand itself ahead of the 2019 campaign, and is scheduled to announce a new name, logo, and color scheme at a public event on September 12.
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