Atlantic League Exploring Raleigh (NC)

Atlantic League LogoWhile talks are in the infancy stage, the Atlantic League (Indy Pro) is exploring Raleigh (NC) as a home for a future expansion franchise.  Read more here.  While it might be tough competing against the storied Durham Bulls (Triple-A, International League) 30 miles away in Durham (pop. 245,745), Raleigh (pop. 431,746) is big enough to flex its own muscles.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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5 responses to “Atlantic League Exploring Raleigh (NC)

  1. Indy V

    Boy, I don’t know how there would be room for three teams in terms of corporate support. Maybe Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill is not that relevant for Zebulon, but Durham is a powerhouse franchise.

  2. ballparkbiz

    Concerns were raised in the article about the Carolina Mudcats (Single-A, Carolina League), but the team is an hour and a half away in Zebulon. The M-cats would have zero impact on a Raleigh team. I would be far more worried about the Bulls and their brand.

    Alan

    • Actually, Zebulon is just 24 miles from Raleigh (about a half hour ride). That said, a shiny new ballpark in Raleigh could hurt the Mudcats who play in a rather outdated ballpark.

      • ballparkbiz

        Thanks, Brian. Our friend John Dittrich just hit me with this too and provided some great historical insight into the chosen site location. I haven’t been there myself and misread this Google map where I spotted the 1h 27 min block but somehow missed 27 min block:

        https://goo.gl/maps/BRDdK

        Indeed, a fancy new ballpark in Raleigh could hurt the M-cats. Interesting how taking route Bus 64 could add an hour. Really?
        Alan

    • eastfirst107

      FWIW, if I’m reading that right, it’s the bus route between Raleigh and Zebulon that takes Business 64 and takes 1 hour 27 minutes.

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