Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem)

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Truist Stadium
Location Winston-Salem, NC, United States
Building chronology
Built 2010
Winston-Salem Dash
5,500 (largest reported baseball crowd: 9,007)
  • Dimensions:
    • Left Field: 315 feet
    • Center Field: 399 feet
    • Right Field: 323 feet

Truist Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, is the home of the Winston-Salem Dash, the Chicago White Sox' High-A South Atlantic League farm team. Wake Forest University acquired Ernie Shore Field, the Carolina League franchise's home since 1956, but leased it back to the Dash when the new park was delayed into 2010.

Shortly before the new ballpark finally opened, locally based BB&T Bank bought naming rights. BB&T Ballpark became Truist Stadium after BB&T and SunTrust banks merged to form Truist Bank in 2019.

The ballpark has faced other financial issues since and now, along with many others, is facing another possible crisis. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization, which was seen as a threat to the Dash, ultimately left the team in place but also enacted new facility standards that must be met upon pain of losing the team anyway. Most of the $5 million tab will fall on the city, which is planning to comply using limited obligation bonds.[1]

Neither Truist nor Shore appeared in Bull Durham (1988), but their home team did: the then Winston-Salem Spirits appeared as one of the Bulls' opponents.

Former big-league pitcher and Forsyth County Sheriff Ernie Shore once made history with then-pitcher Babe Ruth: he replaced Ruth, who had been ejected for arguing a lead-off walk, and - after the runner was thrown out stealing - fired the rest of a perfect game. Whether it was such was debated for years; MLB's official position now is that it was a combined no-hitter but not a perfecto.

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