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Interesting development I know the goal is to get some activity going in Downtown High Point and this is a way to start that. Baseball teams play dozens of games a year and the team being recruited appears to be for the Atlantic League, which is an independent league considered at about the general level of AA or AAA (each team also tends to have a couple former big leaguers). To attract a couple thousand people a game to the area that many times may help to get the ball rolling on some positive development. This stadium also appears to be mixed use, to be used for soccer, concerts, etc. This brings the potential to fill Downtown High Point with activity not just a couple weeks a year for the furniture market, but for up to 100 nights out of the year. Should that lead to a few developments, this could start a domino effect that leads to huge growth.

FWIW, I got 100 nights by with the following....

10 nights for the furniture market

70 nights of baseball games (this seems to be the typical number of home games for an Atlantic League team)

10 concerts (unrelated to the furniture market which may also be able to use the stadium for their own concerts/shows)

10 other events (soccer, lacrosse, etc).

http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/30m-stadium-coming-to-downtown-high-point/428264080

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5,000 seats is a nice size for High Point. Almost the same capacity as BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem. It would seat 7,000 for concerts. Former president of DGI in Greensboro is now working with downtown high point and said thwy are looking to add residential and retail around the stadium. Preliminary stadium renderings looks prett nice and ot looks like retail and a brewery is incorporated in the stadium. 

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I must say that if a brewery were to be incorporated into the stadium, then that would be a...... (sigh) home run. It would get a nice little spurt of business on game days yet still provide a little activity to the downtown area in the off-season or when the team is out of town.

A few apartments would be nice as well. Maybe start small with 4-5 stories and about 60-80 units and having some of those units even overlooking the stadium. 

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In addition he is raising money to build an events center,  park and children's museum near the ballpark. 

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Even more development is planned around High Point's planned ballpark. Up to 300 apartments and a hotel is being proposed, similar to projects being built around Greensboro's and Winston-Salem's ballparks. Pretty big step for High Point. Its the first time they have planned anything major in downtown outside of the furniture market. Looks like Guilford County is going to have two downtown ballparks with catalyst projects surrounding them. We're the only county in the state with two sizable cities with urban downtown cores. If downtown High Point were much livelier and had more companies it would probably have a lot more downtown hotels than Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Downtown High Point would need many hotels for the furniture market. The reason downtown only has one hotel is because there is no demand for downtown hotels when the market is not in town. High Point hosts the largest home furnishings market in the world but its only twice a year, a week in the fall and a week in the spring.  If High Point continues to think big and execute its plans for making downtown a place to be 365 days a year, that could all change. Much of the new development would be north of the tracks because over 12 million square feet of showrooms occupy downtown south of the tracks. I would like to see High Point get a highrise out of this development. A 10 to 12 story mixed use residential building could be feasible for High Point. Maybe 5 floors of office and 6 floors of residential. Downtown High Point actually has some decent density, there just needs to be more height. 

In terms of the design of the stadium and surrounding development, I think High Point should depart from the kind of architectural designs of Greensboro's and Winston-Salem's ballparks and surrounding development and go for more modern cosmopolitan architecture like these interesting buildings in downtown High Point. 

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Because of the furniture market, High Point is nicknamed North Carolina's International City and I think its architecture should begin to reflect that.  

Less brick and more glass and steel. Maybe residential buildings similar to this. 

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Or a modern stadium design similar to this. 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2017/05/17/qubein-promises-38-in-high-point-stadium-amenities.html

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Interesting rendering of the stadium complex which includes a soccer field. You can see some residential development around the ballpark and even what appears to be a 7 story office building across from the soccer field. Not sure if those are proposals or are just there to show what could be built around High Point's downtown ballpark. Because High Point is too close to Greensboro, minor league baseball won't allow them to have an affiliated team so they will have a team in the Independent League. Excellent design! The retro trend is finally gone. New ballparks today are more modern. This trend in North Carolina started in Charlotte and Fayetteville is also going with a modern design with a tall building overlooking the field. Looks like Guilford County is going to have two great downtown ballparks with some very nice surrounding development. This must be the final design. Come on Winston-Salem and get something going so all the Triad cities have some nice surrounding ballpark development. Hopefully they will update plans for something taller overlooking the field. High Point is trying to stand toe to toe with its bigger neighbors.

 

I'm very impressed. Not bad for a city of 110,000 people. Its a big upgrade from Finch Field. 

Artist rendering of High Point stadium complex approved in May by the city council. (Image from Odell Associates)

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Looks like High Point may also have a 9 story building overlooking the field like Greensboro. Looks like it's a hotel with parking beneath it. Greensboro is going to have an additional tower overlooking its stadium reaching as high 28 stories. Towers overlooking ballparks seem to be the thing today.

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Fayetteville is not playing either. Look at their design which includes a 9 story building 

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High Point is getting a baseball team in the Atlantic League 

http://www.greensboro.com/sports/pro_sports/triad-to-field-a-fourth-professional-minor-league-baseball-team/article_4ad15f06-e502-5377-b1e6-2c9f03ed2849.html

It's happening the funds have been raised and then some. Winston-Salem based BB&T will have naming rights to the stadium making it the third ballpark  in North Carolina with the BB&T name. The BB&T name is on Winston-Salem's and Charlotte's downtown ballparks. A children's museum and park will be a part of the project and as I posted above, Roy Carroll will build a hotel overlooking the ballpark. Carroll will be working through the project's master developer.  Residential is also a part of the plan. The plan is to have the stadium  built by 2019. 

• Blue Ridge Companies, a construction and property management firm based in High Point, will build at least 200 new apartment units near the project site.

• The Carroll Companies, a Greensboro developer, wants to build a hotel at the ballpark 

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/downtown-high-point-project-sought-million-backers-raised-million/article_eb844b8c-0b1d-5b99-b0f6-d34bfcfc7172.html

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Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is supporting High Point's ballpark project. Cool looking hotel in rendering if built as designed. High Point's ballpark will rival Greensboro's and Winston-Salem's

http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/clark_off_the_record/greensboro-chamber-supports-high-point-project/article_0bedfa0a-9e48-11e7-a742-cfc5f1f7854a.html

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Paywall link. But it looks like High Point's ballpark will also have an office building in addition to a hotel overlooking the field. Don't know how many stories it will have.  Also an updated final design will be revealed soon

https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2017/11/14/another-ballpark-building-planned-in-the-triad.html

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Its happening. High Point to hold groundbreaking on downtown ballpark Dec 1st. It will include a 4 story office building overlooking the field. 

 

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/high-point-to-hold-groundbreaking-for-stadium-dec/article_50a3ed5c-cca6-57d5-bcdf-4b204a71713c.html

 

A hotel being developed by Roy Carroll will also overlook the field. 

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