We’ve been begging NC State to go all-in on baseball and build a brand new stadium, but that’s not happening.
What is happening is a major upgrade to Doak Field, and the new mockups have just hit the wire. Check out the video above to see them.
Here is what we’ve got:
Competitive Team Performance Spaces
-Team lounge, nutrition, and sports medicine
-New playing surface
-Scoreboard and sound system upgrade
Fan Experience Upgrades
-Seating variety and quality
-Premium and entertainment space
-New shaded area
For recruiting, the new locker rooms, team lounge, weight room, batting facility, and pitching lab are going to be big helps. Doak was severely lacking any real modern amenities for the players and it’s likely that was having some impact on landing talent.
For the fans, the real addition is the new shaded area and concession upgrades. It looks like you’ll be able to grab some BBQ and a beer and hang out in a standing room only, shaded zone, while you watch the game. These types of spaces have done well in newer MLB stadiums, so my guess is that they’ll be popular here.
And what is that on field level? Are those tents with grills? Can you rent out a little tailgate zone and throw your own burgers on during the game? Count me in. Well, first tell me how much that is going to cost and whether or not I’ll be able to bring my own meat. But if that all checks out, then yeah, count me in!
Oh, here’s the bad news. These upgrades are costing $15 million and will be completed in phases.
1st – The field upgrades.
2nd – The player experience upgrades.
3rd- The fan experience upgrades.