Wake commissioners eye future stadium upgrades for Carolina Mudcats

ZEBULON, NC (WNCN) – Many fans visit Five County Stadium each year to cheer on the Carolina Mudcats.

It’s a growing fan base and the stadium wants to grow with it.

“Almost half of the fans [are] coming from outside the county,” said Tyler Barnes of the Milwaukee Brewers, for which the Mudcats are the single-A affiliate team.

Wake County Commissioners discuss possible improvements to the stadium housing the Mudcats in eastern Zebulon.

The goal is to improve the fan experience, but also to maintain the standards of the MLB Professional Development League (PDL).

New improvements being considered by the board include a command post and security facilities for the stadium, as well as renovations to the existing home clubhouse for visiting teams.

In addition, the commissioners are also investigating the renovation of batting and pitching tunnels and a new home clubhouse with facilities for women.

“There are female staff members who work as a team, there are female umpires, and they don’t currently have a place to change that is separate from the men’s facilities,” said Emily Lucas, Wake County assistant district superintendent.

The Mudcats are also looking to attract more fans by adding a multi-story clubhouse and multipurpose room.

Barnes says the stadium brings in over $5 million in economic impact annually and they hope to scale that up.

“We believe there is an opportunity between population growth, Major League Baseball now offers some opportunities to learn more about where our fans come from and how we can reach them, and with improved player and fan facilities and capabilities, the ballpark can.” It’s going to be a nice place to host a team,” Barnes said.

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The county plans to continue talks before proceeding with any plans.

If the county went ahead, the stadium would need to complete these improvements by Opening Day 2025 to meet MLB standards.

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