Holly Springs, NC
Review by Gary
Ting Stadium is an 1,800 seat multi-sport haven with a synthetic turf field in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Located just outside of Raleigh, the facility is used by the town’s recreational football, baseball, and soccer programs. It is mainly the home of the Coastal Plain Leagues’ Holly Springs Salamanders collegiate summer baseball club.
Ting Stadium was built especially for the Salamanders when they entered the league in 2015. Unlike many of their Coastal Plain League opponents, Holly Springs does not play in a vintage ballpark used by teams 20 to 70 years ago. Fans can enter the stadium from either the main entrance at home plate after walking down a long sidewalk along the first base side or through the left field corner gate. The majority of the parking is beyond the left field wall so entering at the left field corner allows one to take in the seating bowl immediately rather than walking around the exterior.
Ting Stadium is a delightful place to catch some baseball. With the majority of the fixed seats covered by a good-sized metal roof, worries about the sun are minimal so fans can focus on the excitement on the field. A raised concrete walkway runs from the right field corner to dead center to provide some great views of the field and both bullpens.
The main concourse provides a nice selection of food and beverages and is all located behind the seating area from base to base. With many ballparks offering a slew of seating options, it was very refreshing to have just a grassy berm down the right field line and a small picnic area as the only alternatives to a fixed seat.
The energy of the players was noticeable on this Saturday night game in June as the Salamanders’ bats came alive in the late innings. The fans fed off this excitement as the rainbow-jerseyed Lizards came from behind to win the game. The cheering of both players and fans felt more like a playoff game than an early season tilt. Ting Stadium is a pleasant venue to see a game up close in the baseball saturated region of northern North Carolina.