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Major League Baseball In North Carolina? It’s Possible.

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Major League Baseball (MLB) is expanding and two North Carolina cities are being considered to become the home of a brand new Major League team.  Both Raleigh and Charlotte are pitching to MLB decision makers to bring a new team to their growing cities.

The Charlotte MLB Project is pushing to bring Major League Baseball to the Queen City. Nicknames are being tossed around, with the Charlotte Aviators emerging as a frontrunner. But there are hurdles to overcome.

Truist Field, home to the Charlotte Knights, seems like a natural fit. It boasts a stunning view, but its capacity falls short of MLB standards. Charlotte, however, has a strong case. It’s a bigger market than several established MLB cities and already supports a successful NFL, NBA, and MLS team. Even the Carolina Hurricanes two hours away in Raleigh, draw strong attendance. The Knights themselves, a minor league powerhouse, consistently rank among the best in attendance.

The dream of bringing Major League Baseball to Raleigh is also alive and kicking. While the team name remains a mystery (they’re sticking with a neutral logo for now), whispers of the “Raleigh Capitals” echo from the past.

The most promising location for a stadium is the open land around PNC Arena, home to the Carolina Hurricanes. This wouldn’t be just any ballpark – it’s backed by Tom Dundon, the Hurricanes’ billionaire owner who’s now leading the MLB charge.

Raleigh’s bid started with a grassroots movement, gaining momentum with political heavyweights like Charlie Perusse and even Governor Cooper’s support. What sets them apart? Demographics. The Raleigh-Durham area boasts a booming population, the highest median income for a city without an MLB team, and sits in a strong TV market alongside Charlotte.

Raleigh has a hidden weapon: a passionate baseball community. Pascucci is confident that Raleigh’s love for the game rivals established baseball cities. Their dream? To be recognized alongside St. Louis and Cincinnati for their unwavering baseball spirit.

But Nashville might steal the show from both cities. It’s the flashier option  and on the surface  seems hungrier for MLB.  The Music City’s organized efforts could put Charlotte at a disadvantage and Raleigh needs to prove its corporate backing is solid. Lou Pascucci, a community leader behind the movement, believes they have the answer, pointing to the Hurricanes’ impressive attendance record, “A Bunch of Jerks” fanbase and most notably the loudest house in the NHL.

Can North Carolina’s two largest cities overcome the competition and bring Major League Baseball home? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: the passion is there, the groundwork is laid, and a billionaire champion is at the helm.


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