L.P. Frans Stadium
|L.P. Frans Stadium|
|Location||Hickory, NC United States |
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