L.P. Frans Stadium

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L.P. Frans Stadium
Location Hickory, NC United States
35.7472; -81.379518
Building chronology
Built 1993
Hickory Crawdads

L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC, is the home of the Hickory Crawdads, the Texas Rangers' South Atlantic League farm team.

The playpen is named for the founder of the local Pepsi-Cola plant, whose family keyed funding the beautiful brick ball yard that opened in 1993.

A bit of baseball intrigue helped filled it: Charlotte Knights owner George Shinn wanted to move his Double-A club to Fort Mill, SC, but the Gastonia Rangers had territorial veto power. So, Shinn bought the G-Rangers, didn't exercise their veto, and moved the Knights during the 1988-1989 off-season. During the 1992-1993 off-season, Shinn sold his now-superfluous Gastonia club to Don Beaver, who moved the G-Rangers into Hickory's brand-new ballpark that very season.

The ballpark has a capacity of 5,092 people.

Current ballparks of the South Atlantic League
North Division South Division
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium | Dutchess Stadium | Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium
Maimonides Park | ShoreTown Ballpark
Bowling Green Ballpark | First National Bank Field | Fluor Field at the West End | L.P. Frans Stadium
McCormick Field | State Mutual Stadium | Truist Stadium