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BB&T Ballpark / Winston-Salem Dash

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Some ballparks have longer gestational periods than others, which is maybe why the opening of BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Winston-Salem Dash, is a little anticlimactic for many in the baseball world. Indeed, the roots of this part can be traced back a decade ago under previous team ownership; more recently, work on this project was delayed a year after the city of Winston-Salem bailed out the project.

It was so worth the wait.

FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 2010
Capacity: 5,500 seats, room for 1,000 more in suites and berm seating
Suites: 16
Cost: $48.7 million
Dimensions: 315L, 399C, 323R
Architect: 360 Architecture
Website: wsdash.com
Ticket Prices (2010): Home Plate, $13; First Base/Third Base Sides, $9-$13; Home Run Porch, $9; Lawn Seating, $7
Box-Office Number: 336/714-BATS (2287)
League: Carolina League (High Class A)
Parent: Chicago White Sox
Surface: Bermuda Grass
Parking: There are small lots next to the ballpark going for $5. There are also more than 1,800 spots within four blocks of the ballpark.
Address/Directions: 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. (If your GPS chokes on that address, use 951 Watkins St. SW.) The ballpark sits next to U.S. Hwy. 421. From the West: Merge onto I-40 E/US 421 S via Exit 188 toward Winston-Salem. Take Broad Street exit. Turn right onto Broad Street and then make a quick left into ballpark entrance. From the East: Merge onto I-40 W toward US-421 N/Winston-Salem. Merge onto U.S. 421 North. Merge onto I-40W/U.S.-421 North via exit 206 toward Kernersville/Winston-Salem Downtown. Take Peters Creek Parkway exit, Exit 5A. Turn right onto Peters Creek Parkway. Turn right onto Brookstown Avenue, then take an immediate right onto Green St. From the North: Merge onto US-52 S. Merge onto I-40W via exit 109B. Take Peters Creek Parkway exit, Exit 5A. Turn right onto Peters Creek Parkway. Turn right onto Brookstown Ave., then take an immediate right onto Green St. From the South: Merge onto US-52 N. Merge onto I-40W via exit 109B. Take Peters Creek Parkway exit, Exit 5A. Turn right onto Peters Creek Parkway. Turn right onto Brookstown Ave., then take an immediate right onto Green Street.

BB&T Ballpark is a surprisingly pleasant place to watch a ballgame, a mostly understated venue where, despite the many bells and whistles, the emphasis is on the game. The disadvantages of the small site were turned into advantages by 360 Architecture, and the result is a fine addition to the ballparks of the historic Carolina League.

This is a downtown ballpark, but it doesn’t feel like an urban ballpark, sitting in an area envisioned by many as ripe for development. (Some of that development will take place this summer; more on that later.) The ballpark connects downtown and adjoining residential. Look past the outfield wall and you’ll feel like you’re in downtown Winston-Salem, with the Winston Tower and other highlights of the skyline in view. Walk to the back of the concourse and look out the fence: you’ll see a perfectly respectable neighborhood across the street. This mix of urban and residential is appealing. And it certainly has a primo location: right next to the I-40 E/US 421 interchange, and we’re sure more than a few of the folks driving through downtown Winston-Salem will impulsively decide to head off the Broad Street exit and take in a game.