KANNAPOLIS, NC - The Kannapolis Intimidators will host 22 Queens University of Charlotte games at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health starting February 1st, with the Royals making their NCAA debut as a Division II baseball team out of the South Atlantic Conference, being led by former Chicago White Sox Cy Young winner, Jack McDowell.
"The Intimidators are excited to host Queens University of Charlotte's baseball team in 2019. It is a partnership that we have looked forward to all off season and we are eager to have baseball back at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health starting in February. The Royals game on February 1st will kick off the final year at the current ballpark before the Intimidators make the move to our new home in Downtown Kannapolis.", says Intimidators Assistant GM Vince Marcucci.
While Queens is waiting on their future home field at Tuckaseegee Dream Fields to be built in Charlotte, NC, the 2019 Royals team will join the Charlotte 49ers (2003 season) as the other team to use the Kannapolis Intimidators stadium as their home turf for a full season. "We are so excited about Queens' first NCAA baseball season, and being able to play our home games at the Intimidators Stadium will be awesome. We hope to build a strong fan base in the Kannapolis area, and I promise that our talented team and style of play will be very entertaining and fun.", says Coach Jack McDowell.
With a few weekday games sprinkled in from February to March, the majority of the Royals games will be played on Friday and Saturday, with games on Friday starting at 6:00 p.m. and double headers on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.
Although McDowell never made his way through Kannapolis while getting his start in the White Sox organization (drafted 1st round, 5th overall in 1987 MLB Draft), the former Stanford University standout earned three All-Stars while with the White Sox, including winning the Cy Young Award in 1993.
McDowell will look to use the same success that made him so dangerous in the majors for 12 years to coach up his 39 players, 25 of which are freshman, to make some noise as they enter in the NCAA.
The Intimidators, Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and member of the South Atlantic League, play all home games at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health. 2019 Season Seat Memberships, Mini Plans and Group Tickets are on sale NOW! Founders Club Memberships, an exclusive group that will be among the first to select season tickets for the new Sports & Entertainment Venue, are on sale now for just $370. For ticket information, call 704-932-3267 or visit intimidatorsbaseball.com.
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