Burlington Athletic Stadium

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Burlington Athletic Stadium
Location Burlington, NC, United States
Building chronology
Built 1960
Burlington Royals, (2007–19)
3,000 (largest reported baseball crowd: 4,023)
  • Dimensions:
    • Left Field: 335 feet
    • Center Field: 410 feet
    • Right Field: 335 feet

Burlington Athletic Stadium was the home of affiliated baseball in Burlington, NC from 1958 to 2019. After that, MLB's 2020-21 Minor League restructuring ended the Burlington Royals era by turning the Appalachian League into a summer collegiate wood-bat circuit.

Minor League teams often move; this stadium did! Built in Danville, VA after World War II, it was dismantled when the Danville Leafs dropped out of the league following the 1958 season, and sold to Burlington. The components were shipped 43 miles south and reassembled near Fairchild Park in time for the 1960 campaign. Also originally named for Fairchild Aircraft, it hosted Carolina League games, took its current name in 1960 and started hosting an Appy League franchise in 1986.

On June 24, 1988, the then-Burlington Indians game with the Bluefield Orioles went 27 innings, and Richard Musterer’s 8-hour-15-minute WBBB play-by-play is the longest continuous one-game solo broadcast ever in Organized Baseball. The ballpark appears in the film Bull Durham (1988).