Chronological Tour: Stop 19

Burlington Athletic Stadium

Exterior of Burlington Athletic Stadium, Aug-2014.

The stadium area as seen from down the first-base line.

Fans enjoy a late-summer game.

Quick Facts: Rating: 2 baseballs
I went to my first game at Burlington in August 1991. I had no camera with me at the time, so I returned in 1999, during a two-week B-Tribe road trip, to take a few photos. But it took me until 2014 to finally get into town for another game, despite zipping past the city on I-85 on numerous occasions.

The stadium structure itself has an unusual pedigree. It stood in Danville, Va., as League Park, home of a Carolina League team, from 1945 (or perhaps earlier) to 1958, after which the team was sold to investors from Burlington. The steel structure was then dismantled and moved by train to Burlington, where it was reassembled in time for the 1960 Carolina League season.

The park fits in quite well with the rest of the parks in the Appalachian League, simple yet functional. As in other typical minor and amateur league ballparks of the era, ramps lead up from the exterior, where the concession stands are located under the stand, to the main seating bowl. The lower seats are molded, while the upper general admission section features aluminum bleachers. The club has added limited additional seating down the baselines, including picnic areas and the like. Those baseline bleachers were replaced in 2016, while areas beneath the stadium were also renovated for 2015.

Game # Date League Level Result
42 Fri 16-Aug-1991 Appalachian R BURLINGTON 6, Bristol 3
1343 Tue 19-Aug-2014 Appalachian R BURLINGTON 3, Bluefield 2
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