Five County Stadium

Five County Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Zebulon, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. It is the home of the Carolina Mudcats of the Low-A East. The ballpark, which was opened in 1991 and extensively renovated in 1999, has a capacity of 6,500.

Five County Stadium
Location 1501 NC Highway 39
Zebulon, North Carolina
United States
Coordinates

35°49′2″N78°16′12″W

Owner Wake County
Operator Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc.
Capacity 6,500
Field size Left field: 330 ft (100 m)
Left-center field: 365 ft (111 m)
Center field: 400 ft (120 m)
Right-center field: 365 ft (111 m)
Right field: 309 ft (94 m)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground January 19, 1991[2]
Built 1991
Opened July 3, 1991[3]
Renovated 1999
Expanded 1999
Construction cost $2.5 million
($4.75 million in 2020 dollars[4])
Architect Odell Associates
Structural engineer Excel Engineering[5]
General contractor Richard Beach Builders, Inc
Tenants
Carolina Mudcats (SL/CL/LAE) 1991–present

The stadium’s name comes from its location the stadium property is located in Wake County, within 5 miles (8.0 km) of Franklin, Nash, Johnston, and Wilson counties.

US 264 passes by the stadium at a generally northwest-to-southeast angle (behind left and center fields), while NC 39 skirts the east side of the property (right field). Parking lots surround the field on the other sides, and a large grass field, often used as a campground, lies behind home plate.

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When Columbus Mudcats owner Steve Bryant moved the club to North Carolina in 1991, he wanted a new facility that was deemed to be outside the territories of other minor league clubs in the state (including the Carolina League‘s Greensboro Hornets, which he also owned) while also being easily accessible by the public. A site was chosen in Zebulon, which was as close to Raleigh as the Mudcats could get without infringing on the territorial rights of the Durham Bulls. To construct the ballpark quickly, the builders opted for metal seating rather than the traditional concrete. The 1999 renovation replaced most of the metal with concrete.

The Double-A Mudcats moved to Pensacola in 2011, and the Carolina League’s Kinston Indians moved to Zebulon and continued as the Mudcats at Class A-Advanced[6][7] until being reorganized to Low-A for the 2021 season.[8]

  • field layout
  • The Mudcats (in white) play the Montgomery Biscuits
  • Outfield being patrolled by the visiting Montgomery Biscuits

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