The answer is not known at this time. However, the Houston Astros should announce the team name in the near future. The Fayetteville affiliate in the Carolina League will either be named “Fatbacks” or “Woodpeckers." The two finalists were culled from a list of five voted on by fans at the Fayetteville Astros team website during the summer of 2017. Other candidates included Jumpers, Wood Dogs and Fly Traps.
When will the new baseball team be here?
The Houston Astros are bringing a minor league team here for the 2019 season.
Are the Houston Astros bringing the Major League or Minor League team here?
The Houston Astros are moving their minor league Class A-Advanced team to Fayetteville.
What league will the team play in?
The team will play in the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, which was founded in 1945. This is often a second or third promotion for a minor league player, although a few high first-round draftees, particularly those with college experience, begin at this level. These leagues play a complete season like Triple-A and Double-A, from April through early September. Other teams in the league include the Carolina Mudcats, Winston-Salem Dash, and Myrtle Beach Pelicans. For more information on the Carolina League, click here.
Will we ever get to meet the players at games?
The Houston Astros and their minor league affiliate are very fan-oriented and there will likely be many opportunities for the community to engage with the players and receive autographs.
Will the Astros ever come here for an exhibition game against the Minor league team, the way that other Major League teams have done with their N.C. Minor League teams?
That would be up to the Houston Astros to decide at a later time.
Will the team do things with schools and the community?
Yes, the Minor League team will likely have community relations efforts in Fayetteville.
What is going to happen to the Swampdogs?
The answer is unknown at this time. Keep in mind that J.P. Riddle Stadium is owned by Cumberland County and leased to the SwampDogs. In February 2018, the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County signed an interlocal agreement to fund the downtown baseball stadium.
What were the results from the baseball survey? (1,348 surveys were completed and 60,000 were distributed)
The market shows a strong interest in baseball
There is limited competition in the immediate market
85 percent of survey takers support a new baseball stadium
87 percent of survey takers believe a new baseball stadium would benefit the community
When will the new stadium be finished?
The hope is to have the stadium completed for the 2019 season in April.
How much will the new stadium cost me as an individual taxpayer?
As of right now, the stadium is being built without a tax increase.
What is the total price of the stadium?
An estimated $37.8 million.
Where is the stadium being built?
Downtown Fayetteville, on Hay Street, between Subway and the Prince Charles Hotel.
How many seats will there be in the stadium?
Estimated capacity is 4,786.
Will the new stadium feature other events?
The stadium will be constructed to provide for football, soccer and concerts and community events.
Why can’t the new Minor League team just move into J.P. Riddle Stadium to save taxpayers money?
J.P. Riddle Stadium is below the standards of Minor League Baseball.
Where will people park?
Downtown has a multitude of parking options within walking distance the to the stadium. For downtown parking options, click here.