CMC Northeast Stadium
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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My Grades
Stadium B-
Atmosphere A-
Concessions B+

Photos taken in 2008 & 2009
Despite being a relatively new park, CMC Northeast Stadium (previously known as Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium) is somewhat unique compared to other cookie cutter minor league parks being built today. The seating is not setup in a symmetrical fashion as the seats extend further down the right field line than they do down the left field line. Also, while the pressbox is directly behind homeplate, all the luxury boxes and administrative offices are housed in a building that is along the first base side. The park is built into a bowl so you enter at the top of the seating area. The concourse area overlooks the field as it does at most new parks today. The lack of covering here is the biggest complaint I have – when it rains here (which it does often in North Carolina), there is simply not enough areas where fans can stay dry. The seating bowl is split by a useless center concourse which serves no purpose. Also, for some reason there is one section of seating on the 3rd base side which is just concrete – no seats, no bleachers. Not sure if this was an intentional part of the design or not, but it looks odd and gives the park a rather shabby feel. The stadium is situated in a woodsy area right off of a major highway. So the backdrop to the stadium is just trees. There is a large parking lot adjacent to the ballpark. The parking fee is $2. Concessions at CMC Northeast Stadium are well varied and reasonably prices. Unique items include Mater sandwiches (tomato), cheese steaks, Carolina dogs (served with slaw), breaded mushrooms, and hot wings. One other negative in my book – smoking is allowed anywhere on the concourse. I guess in North Carolina there are too many smokers still, so they can't restrict them too much yet. The atmosphere at "The Cannon" is pretty laid back and most fans seems into the game. The variety of music is quite eclectic (80's tunes, TV show songs, etc.) and no sound effects are played at all. Various between inning games are played including the plunger toss, the flipper race, and the pizza scream. Overall, CMC Northeast Stadium is a fine facility for the South Atlantic League. While not terribly memorable, it is still an enjoyable place to take in a ballgame. The team will be moving into a new downtown ballpark for the 2020 season.
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