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Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem)

From BR Bullpen

  • Name: Truist Stadium
  • GPS-able Address: 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Ballpark Owner: Forsyth County
  • Architects: 360 Architecture
  • Groundbreaking: 10/30/2007
  • Minor League Baseball Teams: Winston-Salem Dash (A+) 2010-present
  • Class/League History: A+/South Atlantic League 2022-present; A+/High-A East 2021; A+/Carolina League 2010-2020
  • First Professional Baseball Game: 4/13/2010; stadium debut of Class A Dash
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: None
  • Previous Ballpark Names: None
  • LF: 315 CF: 399 RF: 323
  • Seats: 5,500
  • Stated Capacity: 7,000
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 9,011, 7/4/2018

Truist Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, is the home of the Winston-Salem Dash, the Chicago White Sox' High-A South Atlantic League farm team. Wake Forest University acquired Ernie Shore Field, the Carolina League franchise's home since 1956, but leased it back to the Dash when the new park was delayed into 2010.

Shortly before the new ballpark finally opened, locally based BB&T Bank bought naming rights. BB&T Ballpark became Truist Stadium after BB&T and SunTrust banks merged to form Truist Bank in 2019.

The ballpark has faced other financial issues since and now, along with many others, is facing another possible crisis. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization, which was seen as a threat to the Dash, ultimately left the team in place but also enacted new facility standards that must be met upon pain of losing the team anyway. Most of the $5 million tab will fall on the city, which is planning to comply using limited obligation bonds.[1]

Neither Truist nor Shore appeared in Bull Durham (1988), but their home team did: the then-Winston-Salem Spirits appeared as one of the Bulls' opponents.

Former big-league pitcher and Forsyth County Sheriff Ernie Shore once made history with then-pitcher Babe Ruth: he replaced Ruth, who had been ejected for arguing a lead-off walk, and - after the runner was thrown out stealing - fired the rest of a perfect game. Whether it was such was debated for years; MLB's official position now is that it was a combined no-hitter but not a perfecto.

Current ballparks of the South Atlantic League
North Division South Division
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium | Dutchess Stadium | Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium
Maimonides Park | ShoreTown Ballpark
Bowling Green Ballpark | First National Bank Field | Fluor Field at the West End | L.P. Frans Stadium
McCormick Field | State Mutual Stadium | Truist Stadium