FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Fayetteville Woodpeckers introduced the name of their new downtown stadium Thursday morning.
The Class A Advanced MiLB affiliate of the Houston Astros will play in SEGRA Stadium for their first home game on April 18.
SEGRA is one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the United States, Fayetteville officials said.
“Segra is excited to partner with the Houston Astros and the City of Fayetteville” said Tim Biltz, CEO of Segra. “This is an exciting and transformational project for the city and the region. We look forward to further establishing our brand with this project and investing in the future of Fayetteville.”
The $40 million ballpark aims to attract new business to downtown Fayetteville while improving the quality of life for residents, officials said.
“We are very excited in Fayetteville to announce that Segra has acquired naming rights to our new Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ baseball stadium,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said. “Segra is making an investment by expanding their business into Fayetteville, providing a state-of-the-art fiber network that will improve connectivity for current businesses and also potentially increasing our economic development efforts as we continue to attract new businesses to our city.”
Construction is expected to be finished March 29 – a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held April 13.
The stadium is still under construction, but the Fayetteville Woodpeckers team president said they’re ahead of the game.
“We are approaching 2,000 full-season equivalents of ticket sales,” said Team President Mark Zarthar.
He said they not only have the tickets sold but come gameday in April, they’ll have 200 workers inside the new SEGRA stadium downtown.
But workers already downtown are concerned.
“We have to move our cars every few hours or pay for one of the lots blocks away and walk in the night time by ourselves to our cars,” said worker Heather Savoy. “Parking is really scarce down here already and with the stadium coming, the city probably needs to make some kind of arrangement.”
In late January, the Woodpeckers named Nate Shaver as their first ever manager.