The upcoming home of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (Low A; Sally League) will be named Atrium Health Ballpark, as the team strikes a 10-year partnership with Atrium Health.
“Atrium Health Ballpark will be the place to go starting April 16. We are thrilled that one of the team’s and area’s biggest and longest supporters has committed to the Cannon Ballers and Kannapolis’s success in this significant way,” said General Manager Matt Millward. “In just a few months, Atrium Health Ballpark won’t just be a place to watch great baseball, but it will also be a place to visit after school, a destination for weekend play, and somewhere to make lasting memories and celebrate all of life’s milestones.”
“Atrium Health has been an integral part of our City for decades. The hospital staff are not only vital members of our community but they are our friends and neighbors. They have been there for many important milestones in the life of our city and in my family’s life – such as the birth of several of my grandchildren,” said Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “It is very fitting that Atrium Health Ballpark will now be home to countless happy memories for future generations of Cabarrus and Rowan families.”
With a 4,930-seat capacity, the ballpark will offer Cannon Ballers fans the option of traditional fixed seats, family picnic areas, loge boxes and an elevated Sky Lounge. The ballpark also features a 20,000 square foot children’s area which was built around a custom three-story Berliner play structure and an interactive splash pad. Coupled with eight suites, the suite level is home to 6,000 square feet of premiere banquet space, the Kinetic Club, which will be used on game days for hospitality and as an event rental space year-round.
Aside from hosting all home games of the Cannon Ballers, the team plans to provide music concerts and community events. On non-game days, the facility will be open to the public as a Kannapolis park from sunrise to sunset.
“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to partner with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers to support the community through athletics and promote health awareness,” said Chris Bowe, Senior Vice President, Northeast Market, Atrium Health. “Atrium Health is committed to providing health, hope and healing for all, and this relationship allows us to give back and create a positive impact in the region.”
As the Official Healthcare Provider of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, Atrium Health will provide game day medical care around the stadium and inside the Atrium Health First Aid Suite on the concourse level. Parents who need a respite can find a quiet moment and necessary items in the Atrium Health Levine Children’s Mothers’ Room located near the first aid suite.
As part of Atrium Health, the City of Kannapolis and the Cannon Ballers’ joint commitment to encourage healthy living, visitors are encouraged to take a lap around the concourse and count their steps on the Atrium Health Walking track, which is located near the play area.
Atrium Health will also sponsor health fairs and provide preventive information and local resources that support whole health care. The relationship with Atrium Health will also continue to engage the community on making informed decisions to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“From day one, we knew Atrium Health was the kind of partner we wanted in this important role, because their values and goals align with Minor League Baseball and our families,” said Cannon Ballers Premier Partnerships Lead Chris Semmens. “It’s a natural fit, and one that we’re all confident will be fruitful for years to come.”
Image courtesy Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.