A Second and Final season at Campbell
Jim Perry Stadium is the home of Buies Creek Astros and the Campbell University Fighting Camels. The Astros are slated to share the facility with the Camels for the 2017 and 2018 Minor League seasons.
Previously known as Taylor Field, the venue dates back to the 1940s and Campbell's junior college baseball days. Taylor Field was named for Herbert B. Taylor, a supporter of Campbell University's athletics programs. Taylor Field hosted the 1985, 1987, and 1988 Big South Conference Baseball Tournaments.
Following the 2012 season, the field was renamed for Jim Perry, who played baseball and basketball for Campbell from 1956 to 1959. Perry pitched in Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, earning the 1970 American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Minnesota Twins.
Renovations for the facility began in 2011. Upgrades included a new entrance gate and ticket booth, restroom and concession facility, and exterior wrought iron fencing, as well as improved exterior landscaping. On Nov. 12, 2012, Campbell announced it would rename the facility in honor of Jim Perry and carry out further renovations that include a new press box, a grandstand that spans dugout to dugout, and seating for 630 spectators, including 310 chair-backed seats. The stadium was officially dedicated prior to a 6-3 victory over in-state rival Duke on March 26, 2013.
The field dimensions are 337 feet down the left field line, 368 feet in left-center, 395 feet to straight-away center, 375 feet to the right-center, and 328 feet down the right field line.
Prior to the 2017 season, ProGrass Turf installed a complete turf playing surface. New dugouts were constructed and the Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion, scheduled for completion by opening day 2017, began to take shape.
The new addition will add approximately 200 chair back seats, increasing stadium seating capacity to more than 1,000 seats and providing new offices for the entire baseball staff, a state-of-the-art locker room and a new in-ground home dugout. The Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion will boast a 1,200 square foot VIP viewing deck and will provide a new home for the entire Campbell baseball operation.
Additionally, a state-of-the-art HD video board will be installed. The largest in the Big South Conference, measuring 35'7.6" tall and 42'1.6" wide, the board will be completed during the Camels' 2017 season.
The Buies Creek Astros have returned for their second and final season playing on the campus of Campbell University for the 2018 Class A Advanced Carolina League baseball season. This will be the final season for the Astros in Buies Creek -- the team is scheduled to move to its new home to start the 2019 season in Fayetteville, where a new stadium is currently under construction.
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